Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

Riccardi Andrea: press review

change language
you are in: home - news contact usnewsletterlink

Support the Community

  
December 11 2012 | DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Sant’Egidio prays for peace a month after religious clashes

 
printable version

Sant’Egidio prays for peace a month after religious clashesIn mid-October some Protestant churches in Dar es Salam were devastated and set on fire, in the Mbagala area, and other clashes took place in Zanzibar. It all began by a presumed affront to the Koran. That is when the assault took place. There had already been religious clashes last June in Dar es Salam and Zanzibar. The government reacted firmly, and the various Christian and Muslim leaders made an appeal to remain calm. The country is in shock: it is a great change compared to the previous situation of more or less peaceful coexistence.
Mbagala, the area of Dar struck by conflict, is one of those areas where the Community is taking root and steadily increasing in its outreach to neighborhoods and universities in the big cities of the Indian Ocean area. Mbagala is the urban reality toward which the whole country is heading, a frenetic and busy city, with many problems, at the same time in great turmoil yet with high expectations.
On Sunday 11th of November, a month after the October clashes, all the Communities of Dar es Salam (Ardhi, Mabibo, Mbagala, Posta, Ubungo) gathered to pray for peace and reconciliation against violence. They chose to meet in Mbagala, in one of the orphanages where Sant’ Egidio operates.
Indeed, for Tanzania, the challenge is to reach out to new generations with the message of unity and brotherhood that has been inherited from the era of Independence, and the astute leadership of Julius Nyerere, the Father of the Nation. The events that took place in June and October show us that you can never take for granted religions living side by side. Living together is the challenge for every new generation; to reach out to everyone and draw near to the differences of individuals, to create a different climate.
Sant’Egidio already made this commitment in their service to children. Our presence in the Chakuwama orphanage, in the Mwenge area, an institution run by a Muslim association is a symbol of the desire to live in peace, to bring together and to unite. This is typically the charismatic spirit of the Community.
During the praying at Mbagala, emphasis was made on the value of peace and each assumed the responsibility to be a presence of encounter and reconciliation in a rapidly changing environment. Every Tanzanian community is called upon to speak of peace, to be witness to the beauty of peace, to be against division and violence, in a country where there is the constant risk of forgetting the values on which the country was founded.
The next conference dealing with the death penalty argument, will take place in Dar es Salam at the end of the month, which will be yet another occasion to witness and appeal to the building of a different climate, one of respect for life’s values and for coexistence.


 ALSO READ
• NEWS
August 29 2016
NAIROBI, KENYA

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

IT | EN | ES | FR | PT | CA | RU | HU
September 16 2010

Mbeya, Tanzania - Birth Certificates and Registration for the orphans of Simike

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | NL
July 16 2010

Addis Abeba (Ethiopia): The Commission of the African Union and the Community of Sant'Egidio signed a "Memorandum of Understanding"

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | CA | NL | ID
June 3 2017
ROME, ITALY

South Sudan humanitarian crisis in the meeting between Sant'Egidio and an international delegation of special envoys

IT | EN
October 4 2017
ROME, ITALY

A Conference remembering the 25 years from the signing of the peace in Mozambique: The Italian model that has given hope to Africa

IT | EN | DE | PT
October 4 2017

25 years of peace in Mozambique: the history of a country getting out of war and poverty

IT | EN | ES | DE | PT | ID
all news
• PRESS
July 1 2016
Vatican Insider

Impagliazzo: “Il sogno di un’Europa dei padri e dei figli che promuova la società del vivere insieme e la pace”

June 20 2017
Jeune Afrique

Centrafrique : un accord conclu à Sant’Egidio

June 20 2017
Xinhua - chinese press agency

Central African Republic gov't, rebels sign peace deal in Rome

June 19 2017
Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale

Centrafrique : accord entre le gouvernement et les groupes armés

June 19 2017
La Minute

Centrafrique: accord de cessez-le-feu entre le gouvernement et 14 groupes armés

June 19 2017
Journal du Cameroun

Centrafrique: accord entre le gouvernement et les groupes armés

all press releases
• EVENTI
November 6 2017 | MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE

Celebrare la memoria guardando al futuro. Con mons. Matteo Zuppi

November 5 2017 | TREVISO, ITALY

Preghiera per la pace. Presiede mons. Mario Salviato

All meetings of prayer for peace
• NO DEATH PENALTY
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
AFP

In Ciad rischio criminalizzazione gay, ma abolizione pena morte

go to no death penalty
• DOCUMENTS

''Entente de Sant'Egidio'': Political Agreement for Peace in the Central African Republic

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

all documents