People can see that up to now the state of affairs in the social and political filed has been designed and framed by a few and chiefly for the benefit of a privileged minority.
People do not want to be ignored. African society especially wants to affirm its presence and personality. For many years it has been ignored or mainly thought of as an instrument or as a threat to the ruling system.
The feelings and needs of the African citizens have hitherto been interpreted by European leaders. But Africans feel they no longer need European intermediaries to tell the world what they think and what they want.
The African is increasingly aware that he has been relegated to being no more than an instrument of production, an item in the consumer economy. Though the community has grown fast, money and economic development have not brought mutual respect and human dignity; indeed they have contributed to the deterioration of human relations. It is no longer a share in economic development that the people demand, but an opportunity to become agents of that development and architects of their own history.
As a result of this awareness, there has been a growing discontent in the country, especially among the youth. Perhaps some of the people who protested did not know exactly what they wanted but they were very clear about what they rejected: namely, living in a society that denied them fundamental rights.
Africans refuse any longer to be treated as minors, or to be controlled by slogans and propaganda. They are aware that they are adults, and capable of making their own decisions.
The violence which has spread in our country may be explained by this growing awareness. Racial discrimination cannot be the foundation of true peace. We are concerned about the failure to take steps to eliminate this and other causes of violence. Obstacles have been put in the way of peace, and mounting wave of hatred has been threatening the country. Everyday, innocent blood has been shed. Many who feel themselves oppressed wonder whether Christian faith can provide an answer to their hopes. Has the Christian message anything to say on the practical problems of the struggle for justice and peace? Can one be a Christian without being committed to transforming society?
The responsibility of transmitting life belongs to parents, and to them alone. It is a responsibility which they have to exercise, always and only, within the framework of legitimate means.
The peacemaker is the humble man who recognises his errors and his limitations, who knows how to apologise, and how to recover and retrace his steps.