The Central African Republic Crisis: a pre-genocide situation?
THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Reverend Nicolas Guérékoyamé, President of Evangelical Alliance in Central African Republic and Member of the Transitional Parliament
Date: 15 January 2014Time: 5:00 PM
Finishes: 15 January 2014Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
Type of Event: Seminar
Reverend Nicolas Guérékoyamé - The Central African Republic Crisis: a pre-genocide situation?
Rev. Guérékoyamé is a Member of the National Transitional Council (NTC), an acting parliament set up after the military coup. However in Aug 2013 local media said Guerékoyamé’s immunity as an NTC member was not respected when he was arrested for comments about the government. (He was released a few hours later). Some said it was for his sermon on 4 Aug in Bangui. Others said his arrest was linked to the publication of an article in ‘Le Democrate’* in which he blamed the government for the continued prevalence of theft, rape and murder, despite assurances by the President that security and stability was improving.
Even after his brief arrest, Rev Guérékoyamé has not stopped working for peace and reconciliation, travelling the country with the Catholic Archbishop and the President of CAR’s Islamic Conference, prompting ‘Le Monde’ to dub them ‘the three saints of Bangui’. As Rev. Guérékoyamé says: “Why try to create a religious conflict when there’s no conflict between the country’s religious leaders? I admit that some Sudanese and Chadian imams have come here saying something different, but [the Catholic] Archbishop and I have always held the same line as all the country’s imams”.
The event is joint with the Department of History's African History Seminar Series.
Organiser: Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies
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