Anglican head to visit violence-hit African region

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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 10:06 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The archbishop of Canterbury, head of the worldwide Anglican church, says he will visit Africa's violence-prone Great Lakes region later this week.

A statement from his official residence said Monday that Archbishop Justin Welby will on Thursday start a five-day visit to South Sudan, Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. He will meet primates of the Anglican church.

The statement said the trip will satisfy his "desire is to express solidarity, build personal and professional bonds, understand the primates' work in their local contexts, and lay foundations for good collaboration over the coming years."

South Sudan is the scene of violence sparked by a power struggle between the country's president and his former deputy, while eastern Congo remains prey to attacks by Congolese, Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian rebels.