Cordaid – #WhatsYourPeace?

September 21, 2015

Interreligious Peace Platform receives UN Award

Ravaged by violence, the CAR has experienced the worst crisis in its history. Manipulating religion for political purposes by armed groups has caused the death of hundreds of thousands and sent many more on the roads to exile and displacement.

In the midst of horrific turmoil, the Archbishop of Bangui in the Central African Republic and his colleagues have traveled all over his country to preach peace and reconciliation among Muslims, Catholics and Protestants, in the Cordaid funded Interfaith Peace Platform. They also opened churches and mosques to provide shelter to people uprooted by the conflict.

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga received a United Nations Award for this important work on World Humanitarian Day 2015. He was awarded the Sergio Vieiro de Melo Award, along with the co-founders of the Peace Platform, Imam Oumar Kobine Layama of the Islamic Council in the CAR and Pastor Nicolas Guérékoyamémé-Gbangou, president of the Evangelical Alliance.

This platform, of which Cordaid was the sole funder, promotes reconciliation and dialogue among Muslims, Catholics and Protestants in war-torn Central African Republic. Cordaid CEO Simone Filippini, who visited the archbishop last year: “I am delighted Dieudonné Nzapalainga is given the bi-annual Sergio Vieira de Melo Award. In the highly insecure context of the CAR, his work and that of his colleagues is extremely important.”

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