[UN – NGO] The Vieira de Mello prize was awarded during the World Humanitarian Day. Sergio de Mello was the special representative of the UN Secretary General who was killed in 2003, along with 21 other victims, in an attack against the UN in Bagdad, Iraq.
The Interfaith Peace Platform of the Central African Republic was pleased to be selected for the award for 2015. Receiving the award were Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, archbishop of Bangui, Imam Oumar Kobine Layama, president of the Islamic Council of CAR, and Pastor Guerekoyame-Gibanfou, president of the Evangelical Alliance of CAR. During the fiercest battles among the Central Africans Archbishop Nzapalainga welcomed all who came seeking protection and nourishment at the Mission. The Mosques and Churches did the same.
Since then they came together with the goal of promoting dialogue, peace and reconciliation among the inhabitants of CAR. Together they took their « pilgrim staff » to go out to meet their compatriots in all the regions of the country, bringing reassurance and hope to all the residents of Central African Republic.
Through CARITAS we had the chance to meet them several times in groups of Catholic NGO’s having members in CAR and the Ecumenical Center.
Geneva, 15 September 2015
Sister Monique Javouhey
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