The award for the Freedom of Worship goes to Bishop Paride Taban for his life-long and selfless dedication to the cause of bringing freedom and peace to the people of South Sudan.
Since the 1960’s he has worked as a peacemaker, drawing on seemingly bottomless reserves of patience, optimism and strategic insight. His great wisdom and deep respect for different religions and cultures has enabled him to forge emotional bonds between otherwise battling groups. The Kuron Peace Village is the visible embodiment of his achievement. Bishop Paride Taban continues to call for an end to the human suffering and for a peaceful solution of the conflict in South Sudan in local, national and international forums. Through his life’s work he is keeping the flame of hope for peace alive, not only by preaching the word of God but by living it.