The priest who saved more than 1,500 Muslims from slaughter
BRUSSELS (LNC) — Bernard Kinvi, priest, is currently the Director of the catholic hospital of Bossemptele, city situated in the North West of CAR.
Risking his own life, Before the French intervention of the ‘Sangaris’, this young Camillan priest of only 34 yrs saved lives of more than 1,500 Muslims who were threatened by milita groups. He took them into his hospital, then helped arrange trucks to carry them to safety in Cameroon.
ALREADY A PEACE PRIZE-WINNER IN 2014
In 2014, for this act of courage, he was recipient of the Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award.
“As a priest, I cannot support the killing of a man. We’re all human: religion doesn’t come into it. If anti-balaka come in wounded, I treat them. I don’t care who you are or what you do with your life or what your religion is, you are a human being and I will treat you,” he said.
SHORTLISTED FOR A NEW PEACE PRIZE
Fr Kinvi is one of four people shortlisted for the “Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity”, given to “individuals who put themselves at risk to enable others to survive”.
Three of the four finalists are Catholic. They are Dr Tom Catena, the sole surgeon for 750,000 people in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, who said his work is inspired by St Francis of Assisi; Marguerite Barankitse, who saved thousands of lives and cared for orphans and refugees during the civil war in Burundi; and Syeda Ghulam Fatima, who has worked to end bonded labour in Pakistan.
The winner of the prize will be given $100,000 and will be able to nominate a charity to receive a grant of $1 million.
The prize was created by an initiative called 100 Lives and aims to honour those who saved Armenians during the 1915 genocide.
The Aurora Prize selection committee includes Nobel laureates Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee; former president of Ireland Mary Robinson; human rights activist Hina Jilani; former Australian foreign minister and president emeritus of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans; president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Vartan Gregorian; and Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney.
The prize will be presented by George Clooney at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia, next month.
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