COMMENT:The answer to Africa’s growing faith-based conflicts lies on Representation, not militarization. | imirasire.com – Faith, be it organised religion or traditional beliefs, continues to play a major role in the lives of ordinary Africans. Many of our childhood memories are filled with flashbacks of following our elders to a church, mosque, or another place of worship to pay homage to our god. In many of our countries, religion is closely linked with cultural norms and behaviours. Despite seemingly-stark differences, we have also learned to peacefully co-exist with people of different religions and ethnic groups. Peaceful co-existence has been the norm before states even decided to enshrine secularism into their constitutions. But our Africa in 2015 is a continent where secularism is under attack with faith-based systems continually manipulated to meet political ends, address grievances, and recruit disenchanted youth. This undercurrent is not only disrupting the state-building process in many countries across the continent, but continues to claim the lives of thousands in faith-related conflicts.
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