The scourge of terrorism perpetrated under the mantle of religion; the upheavals, huge loss of life and destruction of property that it entails are not, indeed, new in the annals of the political history of mankind. But it has assumed new dimensions in this century.
As such, it is breeding instability in various parts of our world; posing as it does a serious threat to international peace and security and causing increasing consternation among powerful and weak nations alike.
The phenomenon accordingly warrants a profound appraisal and serious approach that is commensurate to its gravity.
In the capital city of Asmara, Eritrea, an Orthodox Christian Church and a Muslim Mosque stand within a stone-throw distance of each other. But, there are no stones being thrown. The story of the peaceful co-existence of the religions of Islam and Christianity in the Country of Eritrea is an informative story seldom told.
The invisiblization of Eritrea in western media sadly leaves untold an account of a country in the Horn of Africa where the two religions have an ancient history of interacting with respect for their differences. Especially, as conflicts between fundamentalists of both faiths flair around the world, the situation in Eritrea is significant for both the peace building and interfaith communities. Continue reading Eritrea: The Little-told Story of Religious Co-Existence→