Food at the heart of conflict resolution
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Published on 24 June 2011

WFP congratulates Murhabazi Namebage on winning the World’s Children’s Prize, an educational programme for young people about the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship. 

WFP congratulates Murhabazi Namebage on winning the World’s Children’s Prize, an educational programme for young people about the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship. More than 53,000 schools with 24 million students in 102 countries are involved. The children who participate gain faith in the future and a chance to demand respect for their rights. Murhabazi Namegabe from D. R. Congo, who runs a children’s rescue centre that is supported by WFP, has been nominated for his campaign to free children who have been forced by armed groups to become child soldiers or sex slaves. 

 

“Without WFP, our centre would not exist”, says Murhabazi Namebage. “The assistance provided by WFP goes well beyond the food they provide us with”.
“To eat is not only to get fed, it’s also an occasion for youngsters – some of whom would have been enemies - to share time together, to socialize and cross ethnic divides”, he says.  “In that way, food becomes a crucial element in the peace making process”.