Rwanda religious leaders join CAR peace efforts
Religious efforts have been instrumental in ensuring peace and harmony among Rwandans today
Rwanda has been hailed for its resilience to fight evil and restoring peace amidst all odds, not only within the country but also elewhere on the African continent and beyond.
With this in the mind of many Rwandans, religious leaders of all beliefs have joined the Rwandan peace keeping forces, to make a journey of proclaiming peace in the devastated Central African Republic (CAR).
Sectarian clashes (between Christians and Muslims) have been reported around Bangui, the Capital of CAR of which the Rwanda forces and other African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic have responded to the violence.
As part of the intervention process Rwandan forces also held separate meetings with Muslims and Catholics at Marché Abetayi, 15 kilometers from Bangui with intentions to building confidence and trust between MISCA Forces and local Community.
The coming of Rwandan religious leaders will be an additional effort to the efforts of the Rwandan peacekeepers in trying to use the example of Rwanda to restore peace and unity among CAR citizens.
Through a three-phase intervention Rwandan religious community has planned to help people of CAR talk ways of peace and enable the groups to find peaceful means of resolving the conflict.
“The first will be organizing a conference themed around peace, In the second phase, we plan to have a series of press conferences to engage the world, and the last phase will involve a group of religious leaders and youth representatives from Rwanda travel to CAR to take a message of peace” says Sheikh Ibrahim Kayitare, the Mufti of the Muslim Community in Rwanda.
While Bishop Nathan Gasatura, of the Anglican Church, believes that this will be a chance for Rwandan religious to share the light of Rwanda to the CAR communities and expects that the journey of peace will bear fruit, in CAR just as it has in Rwanda.
The plan will be implemented by Christians and Muslims leaders, in partnership with Aegis Trust, a non-governmental organization that manages the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Gisozi.