Talking in Public
about the possibility of dialogue and reconciliation


The Pastor and the Imam: Two former enemies tell their story of grassroots peacebuilding in northern Nigeria

Wuye Ashafa - Source Unknown

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Room 158, Fraser Building, University of Victoria

All are welcome. Contact: 721-8199 or 721-6325.
Fraser Building map.
Information about the acclaimed film "The Imam & the Pastor". See a clip from the film on You Tube (10 minutes).

Imam Muhammad Ashafa
Reverend James Wuye

Co-Executive Coordinators, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria

In the 1990s, Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye led opposing armed militias, each one dedicated to defending his respective community as violence broke out in northern Nigeria. During the battles Rev. Wuye lost his hand, and Imam Ashafa's spiritual mentor and two close relatives were killed. Now, they co-direct the Interfaith Mediation Centre, where they are responsible for mediating peace between Christians and Muslims. Because of their efforts, religious peace has returned to large sections of Nigeria's Plateau State and Kaduna State.

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