German Mennonite peace prize to go to EYN and Muslim partners




A peace prize will be awarded to Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and its Muslim partners who have cooperated in the “Christian and Muslim Peace Initiative” known as CAMPI. The announcement of the prize was made in a release from Mission 21, a partner organization of EYN that is based in Switzerland.

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The Michael Sattler Peace Prize for 2016 will be awarded on May 20 in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany, and will provide 2,000 Euros for the interfaith effort in Nigeria. Guests from Nigeria who are expected to attend the award ceremony include EYN peace coordinator Ephrahim Kadala, a mediator and college teacher Hussaini Shuaibu, and Muslim employees of CAMPI.

The release noted that despite the violence EYN and its moderator Muslim neighbors have experienced from the Boko Haram insurgency, “the EYN is sticking to the peace message of the Gospel.... She teaches its members and particularly the younger generation in the biblical doctrine of peace and reconciliation, establishing contacts with Muslims to dialogue.... With its programs for peace and justice, they work against the economic and political causes of the violence.”

The Michael Sattler Peace Prize was awarded for the first time on the 50th anniversary of the German Mennonite Peace Committee (DMFK), according to the release. It commemorates the execution of the Anabaptist martyr Michael Sattler on May 21, 1527.

Find out more about the German Mennonite Peace Committee at www.dmfk.de . Find the release in its original German at www.mission-21.org/news/alle-news/meldungen-alle-blogs/archive/2016/Februar/article/nigeria-friedenspreis-geht-an-eyn-und-muslimische-partner .

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