Religious leaders from the conflict torn Central African Republic have made a commitment to steer up a process of reconciliation in their country using the lessons learnt from Rwanda’s model of reconciliation
The President of the Central African religions, Rev. Nicolas Guerekoyame-Gbangou, has said that there has been a commitment of Muslim, Protestant and Catholic to bring peace in Central Africa but more efforts will be important in realizing the objective.
During a two day Peace building conference in Kigali this august the religious leaders held various discussions on post conflict efforts in CAR and South Sudan’s reconstruction and unity, in which Rwanda was used as an example of post conflict recovery.
They highly commended the leadership and commitment of President Paul Kagame in reconciling Rwandans, and suggested the need to adopt the model for the continent.
Early this April 2014, Rwandan religious leaders of all faiths joined their counterparts of Rwandan peace keeping forces to make a journey of proclaiming peace in the devastated Central African Republic (CAR).
Also in the pipeline, the religious plan on 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 peaceThe CAR delegation include Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the leader of the Catholic Church in the capital Bangui; Rev. Nicolas Guerekoyame Gbangou, the leader of the Evangelical Alliance; and Imam Omar Kobin Layama, the leader of the Islamic community.
Rev. Nicolas Guerekoyame Gbangou said that the conference was a point of focus to have religious leaders do they part. “we have a significant role in peace building and even though we religious have not been involved in the crisis, we have a job to do to stop the conflict” he said
As part of the intervention process Rwandan Defense forces have 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.