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World Death of Imam Kobine Layama, figure of peace in the Central African Republic

19:35  29 november  2020
19:35  29 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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BOSSEMPTELE, Central African Republic — The militia fighters were hunting for Muslims when they found the father and son at their home in this When Imam Oumar Kobine Layama received death threats in December, he and his family moved into the riverside residence of Dieudonne Nzapalainga

The conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) is often described as being between It began last year when the imam , Oumar Kobine Layama , sought refuge at the residence of the archbishop, Dieudonne Nzapalainga, head of the Catholic Church in CAR, after receiving death threats from the

L'Imam Kobine Layama, lors de la célébration du premier anniversaire de la signature de l'accord de paix, le 6 février 2020, au Palais de la Renaissance (présidence de la République). © Gaël Grilhot / RFI Imam Kobine Layama, during the celebration of the first anniversary of the signing of the peace agreement, February 6, 2020 , at the Renaissance Palace (Presidency of the Republic).

Imam Kobine Layama, president of the Higher Islamic Council of the Central African Republic, died on Saturday evening, November 28, in Bangui, at the age of 62. A member of the platform of religious confessions, he is considered by many to be an influential actor for peace in the Central African Republic. He was buried this Sunday at the Boeing Muslim cemetery. A rally was also held at the Al Atiq Mosque in PK5. Reportage.

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In the Central African Republic , other factors play a role, said Mörschbacher. In his country and also internationally he is resolutely committed to interreligious dialogue, often together with the president of the Islamic Council in the Central African Republic , Imam Kobine Layama .

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With our correspondent in Bangui, Charlotte Cosset

In the courtyard of the Al Atiq mosque, people hug each other, many mourn Imam Kobine. He had studied in Saudi Arabia in the first class of the Islamic University of Medina with Imam Youssouf Abdel Nam-Inguina.

This one emphasizes: "He is a great personality who helped during the events which shook the Central African Republic. He has invested a lot in the gradual return to peace in the Central African Republic, alongside his peers, the cardinal and the pastor. I remember him as a devoted man because he has forbidden himself to go out. He remained there to advocate nationally and internationally so that the world was made aware and informed about what Central Africans were going through at that time. »

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Ahamat Eeleris Rator is very moved. He is the first vice-president of the Higher Islamic Council of the Central African Republic, the right-hand man of Imam Kobine.

"The imam, first of all, is my big brother," he says. During the crisis, they [Imam Kobine, Cardinal Nzapalainga and Pastor Guerekoyame-Gbangou, editor's note] put themselves in the platform of religious denominations. We called them the trio because from the moment it got hot, they looked for peace. This is not a sectarian crisis, it is a truly political crisis. Now we are almost at the door of peace. He did the job, a really good job. It’s not the community that regrets it, it’s the CAR that regrets it. A great Baoba is gone ... "

Again this week, Imam Kobin was speaking on Ndeke Luka radio. He said he was worried about hate messages being broadcast on social media in the run-up to the elections.

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