Press release

EASF Receives Prestigious Africa Peace Award

February 6, 2020

The Eastern Africa Standby Force was on 24th January, 2019, in a ceremony at the EASF Secretariat in Nairobi, presented with a Prestigious Africa Peace Award by the United Religions Initiative (URl) – Africa.

URI presented the Africa Peace Award in recognizing the outstanding work of EASF in terms of peace support activities ever since it was established as a regional mechanism more than 15 years ago. The Peace Award is a symbol to compliment the remarkable commitment and great efforts of the EASF to enhance peace, security and stability in its region and beyond.

The Director of EASF Dr. Abdillahi Omar Bouh underscored the importance of URI – Africa in bridging religious and cultural differences as a means to eradicating violence. The Eastern Africa region is relatively volatile, whereby it continues to experience some form of violent conflict in Africa. These conflicts have led to loss of lives and property thereby violating basic human rights.

During the handing over of the Africa Peace Award the Regional Director of URI for Africa and Representative of URI at AU and UN Office for Africa and Global Envoy of URI, Ambassador Mussie Hailu noted that, URI-Africa is very well aware that EASF has been at the forefront in advancing peace and security in the Eastern Africa Region.

“URI Africa presents today the Africa Peace Award to EASF in appreciation, acknowledgment, and recognition of the organization’s excellent work to build a peaceful and stable region. The Award is also in recognition of EASF’s effort as one of the five regional multidimensional Forces consisting of Military, Police and Civilian components to provide a capability for rapid deployment of Forces to carry out preventive deployment”, Amb. Hailu said.

Since 2007, URI’s Africa Peace Award has recognized exceptional leaders and organizations in sustainable peace, development, environmental protection, democracy, reconciliation, inter-religious and inter-cultural harmony, and peaceful co-existence.