12/14/2014 08:05 am ET Updated Dec 14, 2014

How Three Religious Leaders Are Working For Reconciliation In The Central African Republic


The Central African Republic is being torn apart by violence that pits Christians against Muslims, but three religious leaders representing the Protestant, Muslim and Catholic communities are working together to bring reconciliation to their country through interreligious dialogue.

The Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame Gbangou, Imam Omar Kabine Layama, and Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga were friends involved in interreligious dialogue before the conflict started, but their work became a matter of life and death when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized the southern capital, Bangui, in March 2013. The rebels ousted President François Bozizé and installed their leader, Michel Djotodia, who was forced out by international pressure that paved the way for the current transitional government.