Shining A Light on the Dark Continent

Why can’t we all just get along?

Navy Chaplain Capt. Jon Cutler high-fives children in a village near Tanga, Tanzania
Navy Chaplain Capt. Jon Cutler high-fives children in a village near Tanga, Tanzania

Dave spoke with a village elder in Mamboleo Village while he was there inspecting the well. The elder said, although the village was 70 percent Muslim and 30 percent Christian, the two groups got along well together. In fact, most of the town attended the funeral of a Christian woman the day Dave was there.

“We are not like the Arab Muslims. We all get along with no problem,” the elder said.

The village elders Dave met across the East African region consistently relayed the message of peace. “They told me how Christians and Muslims have co-existed on the continent for centuries until recent years when Muslims from other nations started moving in,” Dave said.

This attitude was what Dave and the Civil Affairs team wanted to maintain. With the radical Islamic factions making their way into Africa, especially Somalia, the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa wanted to build relationships to help strengthen communities to fight against terrorist groups getting a stronghold in that area.

And with help from armed forces of surrounding countries, the mission is working.

For more on the war on terrorism in Africa, see the following articles:

“What You Need to Know About Terrorism in East Africa”

“Islamic Terrorism on the Rise in Africa”

 

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