In the latest Catholic Relief Services update about the violence in Central African Republic (CAR), conflict resolution is listed as one of the top priorities of Catholic Relief Services and its Caritas partners. And religious leaders are working on just that.
On March 3, Bangui’s Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga, Imam Kobine Layama and Pastor Franco Mbaye-Bondoi held a peace and reconciliation meeting in Bangui, the capital of CAR.
The three religious leaders are visiting towns and villages across Central African Republic to hold peace and reconciliation meetings with the population.
Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalaing addresses a Muslim participant during a peace and reconciliation meeting. In recent months, the fighting has taken on religious dimensions, as armed gangs on each side seem aimed at purposefully dividing Christians and Muslims communities who have lived together in peace.
CRS is working with its partner Caritas Central African Republic to provide food, medicine and protection to people forced from their homes since March 2013, when the government was overthrown by the Seleka rebel militia. An epidemic of pillage and murder has followed.