Source: Baha'i World News Service
On January 2, 2005 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "In a country that has endured many years of harrowing conflicts, members of the Baha'i community have found an occasion to celebrate. The golden jubilee of the establishment of the Faith in the country was a time to reflect on principles of unity that show a way out of the difficulties that have saddened Burundi in recent times. The country has suffered terribly from the sustained violence that erupted in 1993. Baha'is have been among those killed during the fighting, and many others have fled to neighboring countries... In a message to the Baha'is of Burundi on the occasion of the jubilee, the Universal House of Justice expressed its wish that "this historic gathering may be a source of inspiration to the friends as they endeavor to further advance the Cause of God in Burundi."