IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides

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The assembled competition judges for Adopting an Attitude of Peace of IofC France have deliberated, the winners have been chosen, and so a few days before prize giving we would like to introduce you to four children who are not only four participants but the four winners of this competition!

General Joseph Lagu

Twenty years ago today – 22 May 1994 – General Joseph Lagu addressed a Moral Re-Armament Conference in Yaounde, Cameroon, under the title: ‘The struggle for justice without hatred’. His speech, strikingly relevant to today’s challenges, not only in his native South Sudan but also beyond, is reproduced in full below. Since leaving his post of Vice-President of Sudan in 1985, General Lagu has given much of his time to the reconciling work of Moral Re-Armament, now known as Initiatives of Change. This has included visits to 18 other countries.

The audience for the Premier of An African Answer reflects Canada's diversity as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. (Photo: Asaju Tunde Lee)

Promoting trust, ethics and integrity in the workplace was a major theme of a TIGERoadshow in Edinburgh, on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy, held on 7 May. It was hosted by Tods Murray LLP’s Women in Business network and The3rdiMagazine. The roadshow was invited to Edinburgh by the magazine’s editor, Karen Birch. This was the third event in a series of one-day conferences organised by Initiatives of Change UK’s Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) programme.

Pastor James Movel Wuye (left) and Imam Muhammed Nurayn Ashafa from Nigeria

Two Swedish newspapers, Expressen and Dagen, have reported on the work of the Imam and the Pastor in Kaduna this week. Expressen is one of the biggest newspapers in Sweden, Dagen is a Christian paper. The title of the Expressen article is 'Här lever hoppet i Boko Harams Nigeria' which means 'Here lives hope in the Nigeria of Boko Haram'.

Project Manager Amina Khalid (l) with Haringey Mayor Sheila Peacock

A pilot project to promote dialogue between the generations in three North and East London boroughs has just ended, devised by British Somalis of the charity Somali Initiatives for Dialogue and Democracy, in partnership with Initiatives of Change. The presence of senior political leaders from Hackney, Haringey and Islington testified to the importance they attach to it.

Interethnic (Roma/non-Roma) dialogue in Romania

In February the Initiatives of Change team in Baia Mare, Romania, organised a two-day dialogue between representatives of the Roma and non-Roma communities from Maramures county.