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Central African Republic - photo by UNICEF

The Imam and the Pastor film, produced by IofC's 'For the Love of Tomorrow Films', is being used to foster peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic.

Dr Mukthar Ogle, Senior Advisor on Strategic Initiatives for Arid and Semi-arid Lands, Executive Office of the President of Kenya (photo:Leela Channer)

Rev Dr Sam Kobia and Dr Muktar Ogle are Senior Advisors in the Executive Office of the President of Kenya. They spoke together about their trust-building work at a conference entitled 'From radicalisation to reconciliation' in Nairobi on 28 October.

Workshop participant Aysha Dafalla reads a Peace Declaration from an open-air truck at the scene of the bomb blast in Eastleigh.  Also present, from left to right, Pastor James Wuye, Imam Muhammad Ashafa, District Commissioner Omar Beja and District Commisioner George Natembeya.

'We assume from afar and you can kill someone based on assumption. We have learned a bitter lesson.' This line from 'The Imam and the Pastor' film leads the report of a conference on 'International Intervention: the Future?', which took place at the Centre for International Intervention, Surrey University, on 18 and 19 July.

Screening of the film by the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission in Nakuru

When the eight-minute film ended, there was complete silence. It lasted for almost as long as the film itself. The youths who had walked two hours to the screening, the church leader, the former administrator of the town, all were moved. It was the launch of The Road Back Home in Eldoret, Kenya on 11 February, 2016. The film depicts the story of Joseph Wainaina, an IDP (Internally Displaced Person), whose home in Eldoret was burnt down, whose uncle was killed, and yet who decided to forgive.

BELIEF - Oprah Winfrey's programe

Oprah Winfrey's landmark series 'Belief' has been broadcast in the United States. The second episode, 'Love's Story', concluded with an eight minute segment on Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa - who 'come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies'.

The second episode of 'Belief,' to be aired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) on 19 October, features a segment on Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye. Entitled, 'Love's story', it takes the viewer on 'a journey around the world in search of what it means to love one another'. The episode ends with the story of 'two leaders in Nigeria who... come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies'.

University of Surrey

The psychological effects of drone strikes in Pakistan; local attitudes to the United Nations intervention in southern Lebanon, and the social media campaign 'Bring Back our Girls' in Nigeria, were among subjects explored at a conference entitled 'Narratives of Intervention: Reflections from North and South', which took place at the Centre for International Intervention, University of Surrey, from 22-23 July. The films An African Answer, Two Years Later and In Search of Peace in Chad, made by IofC's For the Love of Tomorrow Films, were screened to all the participants at the conference.

'No amount of police, no amount of weapons for the police and no amount of public meetings will create peace', said Mombasa Police Commandant Daoud Mohammed. 'Peace must come from within our hearts. The way forward is the peace-building process I see here.'

Dr Alan Channer speaking at the 5th iREP International Documentary Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, 21 March

One week before national elections, the iREP International Documentary Film Festival invited Dr Alan Channer, Director of IofC’s FLTfilms, to Nigeria, to give the keynote speech on ‘Documentary Film and Conflict Resolution’.

Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye in conversation with Rev Mark Hanson

Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Dr James Wuye, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria, together with Dr Alan Channer of IofC’s FLTfilms, were speakers at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, USA.

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