While implementing the project titled, “establishment of inter-religious and intercultural committee fostering social cohesion by building bridges between diverse religious, ethnic, political and regional communities”, the country representative of King Abudullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Atang (third photo) paid a visit to the Foundation for Peace, Hope and Conflict Management (FPHCM), Taraba (the Implementing organization of the project) to grace the community youth cultural and sports festival tagged “Peace Unity Cup 2021”, as a means of fostering social cohesion among inter-religious nd intercultural communities in Wukari and its neighboring communities.

Mr. Atang stated that football is a tool that brings people from different religious and cultural backgrounds together hence, its role in peacebuilding cannot be overemphasized. He added that KAICIID is a body that is concerned with inter-religious and intercultural coexistence, that is why they deemed it fit to partner with the Foundation for Peace, Hope and Conflict Management (FPHCM) on this project to ensure that peace and social cohesion is restored to Wukari and its neighboring communities. 

In an opening remark by the Executive Director of the Foundation for Peace, Hope and Conflict Management (FPHCM), Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Bature (second photo) thanked the King Abudullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) for the opportunity to partner with the foundation in carrying out this project. He added that for peace to be achieved, there must be inclusive dialogue. The Foundation for Peace, Hope and Conflict Management (FPHCM) in partnership with KAICIID believe in peaceful coexistence that is why we are focusing on the youth and women, who are the key-role players in achieving peace in our world. 

The festival covered cultural displays by various cultural troupes and football competitions between football clubs in Wukari town. 

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