President of Kenya Receives Peacebuilding Book

In December 2007, Kenya erupted into violence after the announcement of disputed election results. In February 2008, a coalition government formed, but community reconciliation is still ongoing.

One area hit hardest by the violence was the Diocese of Eldoret. With CRS’ support, Bishop Cornelius Korir undertook extensive efforts to restore peace among residents.

Recently, a funeral ceremony was held for the dozens of people who died when Kiambaa Church, on the outskirts of Eldoret town, was burned down at the start of the violence. Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki attended the ceremony, and Bishop Korir took the opportunity to present him with a copy of the new “Amani Mashinani: Peace at the Grassroots” DVD and booklet. These materials, developed with assistance from CRS, document the bishop’s peacebuilding efforts and successes.

It sounds like the President plans to learn more about the diocese’s peacebuilding activities, with a local radio station broadcasting his response: “Thank you very much Bishop. I will read the book.” You can also download the booklet here. And in coming weeks, we’ll post a short version of the DVD.

– Reported by Debbie DeVoe, CRS regional information officer for East Africa

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