Three clergymen from the Central African Republic

Laureate Freedom of Worship Award 2016

Three clergymen from the Central African Republic Laureate Freedom of Worship Award 2016

The award for the three clergymen Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Omar Kobine Layama and Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou is motivated by their work for peace in their country, the Central African Republic. In their country, torn by armed conflict and strive, they have committed themselves to an ongoing interfaith dialogue. As violence ravaged the Central African Republic, they have been working tirelessly and sometimes at great personal cost for peace to hold their country together. Together they have travelled all over the Central African Republic preaching peace and reconciliation to communities and they have opened churches and mosques to provide shelter to people uprooted by conflict. They founded the Interfaith Peace Platform, which promotes reconciliation and dialogue among Muslims, Catholics and Protestants and which aims to establish an support an infrastructure for peace in the Central African Republic.