Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

Riccardi Andrea: press review

change language
you are in: home - news contacting usnewsletterlink

Support the Community

September 18 2012 | ABUJA, NIGERIA

"Peace is possible" - a training for peace in a violent Nigeria

printable version

L'incontro per la formazione alla pace dei giovani organizzato dalla Comunità di Sant'Egidio ad Abuja, Nigeria, nel settembre 2012Abuja – “Peace is possible’. With this motto, from September 13th through September 16th, forty representatives of various Communities of Sant’Egidio present in the country, were gathered in Abuja, in order to find out together how they can be an actor of peace in the violent context of the country.
In fact, while Nigeria likes to present itself as a peaceful country, unfortunately violence is spreading. There is a daily violence, with a culture of lynching and unlawful executions. There is criminal violence answered by police and military violence. From time to time there are violent interethnic clashes, there are bloody crisis of intercommunal violence between Christian and Muslim groups, until the brutal terrorism of the Boko Haram.

In this context of generalized fear, hatred and prejudice, the Communities of Sant’Egidio commit themselves to have a different view and a different word. In the School of Peace, a culture of peaceful coexistence is communicated, which educates children, families and neighborhoods to live together in peace. In daily life, personal links of friendship an gestures of solidarity between Christians and Muslims help to overcome a lot of simplification and prejudice. The testimony of pastor James Wuye and imam Mohamed Ashafa from Kaduna  – two former enemies who reconciled and who work together now for peaceful coexistence and dialogue between Christians and Muslims – triggered a reflection on the possibility of reconciliation and forgiveness, even after the most terrible events.

L'incontro per la formazione alla pace dei giovani organizzato dalla Comunità di Sant'Egidio ad Abuja, Nigeria, nel settembre 2012In a meeting with the representatives of Sant’Egidio, the Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria, Mgr Augustin Kasujja, incouraged the members to continue their voluntary commitment for free for the poor and for peace. “There is a lot of pessimism and cynism out there, but you are a reality which believes it can change the world. And indeed, with the Word of the Gospel you can change the world.”
The training ended with a public conference at which participated 150 youngsters of the FCT, Abuja.
The Community of Sant’Egidio in Nigeria counts about 300 members and is present in seven different states: FCT Abuja, Lagos, Niger, Nassarawa, Kaduna and Plateau.

February 3 2017

Letter from Goma, Congo: We are the spokesperson of poor and neglected elderly of the outskirts

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR
January 2 2017

2017, the children from all over the world ask for peace

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA
October 13 2016

A delegation of the Community of Sant'Egidio meets the President of the Central African Republic Touadéra

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | RU | HU
October 5 2016

5th October, World Teacher’s Day: All to school…of peace!

IT | EN | ES | DE | PT | RU | ID | HU
September 23 2016

Texts and speeches of the closing ceremony of Thirst for Peace - Assisi 2016

IT | EN | ES | PT
August 29 2016

Sant'Egidio in Nairobi to talk about peace, development and the right to care for all

IT | EN | ES | FR | PT | CA | RU | HU
all news
January 7 2017
La Stampa

“Destinata alla strada, ora faccio la sarta”

January 2 2017
Aachener Zeitung

Zahlreiche Kerzen symbolisieren die Brandherde auf der Erde

January 2 2017
Gazzetta di Parma

Le vie del centro invase dai colori della pace

January 2 2017
Il Secolo XIX

Marcia della pace, in 1.500 con i profughi

January 2 2017
La Nazione

Fiaccole accese per la pace

January 2 2017
Vatican Insider

Congo, Sant’Egidio: soddisfazione per l’accordo sulle elezioni

all press releases
January 11 2017

Sant'Egidio: al via la collaborazione con la Fondazione Arpa per la formazione e lo sviluppo di sistemi sanitari avanzati

All meetings of prayer for peace
October 31 2014

Inaugurata a Bukavu la campagna "Città per la vita"

October 12 2014
All Africa

Africa: How the Death Penalty Is Slowly Weakening Its Grip On Africa

September 20 2014

Ciad: il nuovo codice penale prevede l'abolizione della pena di morte

September 20 2014

In Ciad rischio criminalizzazione gay, ma abolizione pena morte

go to no death penalty

Libya: The humanitarian agreement for the region of Fezzan, signed at Sant'Egidio on June 16th 2016 (Arabic text)

Nuclear Disarmament Symposium on the 70 th anniversary of the atomic bomb. Hiroshima, August 6 2015

all documents

Eine Zukunft für meine Kinder

Echter Verlag

Religioni e violenza

Francesco Mondadori
all books