17 Oct 2012

Solomons' SICA renews peace-building efforts

3:30 pm on 17 October 2012

The Solomon Islands Christian Association is renewing its efforts to help people resolve disputes peacefully and is urging all churches to do the same.

The call follows the gunshot injury of a logging company employee in north east Guadalcanal over the weekend, allegedly by one of two brothers involved in a dispute over land licensed to a Malaysian firm.

SICA's general secretary, James Funa, says people need help to learn how to deal with conflict without resorting to firearms and the association has just held a workshop on the issue.

"At which we had about 30 peace builders trained and they will be going back to their various churches and will set up a framework in their various churches and probably from there they will develop an initiative that will maybe drive a peace-building process within their own community and within their own churches."

James Funa says there is a general feeling among people that there are still guns in the community, and, it seems, a fear of prosecution if they are surrendered.