11th edition of interreligious dialogue Kicks-off in wilaya of Boujdour

Boujdour (Refugee Camps), Nov. 7, 2016 (SPS) -  The 11th edition of the interreligious dialogue opened Sunday at the center of Shaheeda Naaja in the wilaya of Boujdour, Sahrawi refugee camps, under the theme: "refugees in divine books", in the presence of the Minister of Justice and religious affairs, Emrabih El-Mami, the Minister of State, Adviser to the Presidency, Bachir Moutapha Sayed, and the Secretary General of the UJSARIO , as well as religious figures from Algeria and researchers from the United States of America.

Also taking part in this edition, Sahrawi imams, members of the national Secretariat of the Polisario Front, senior representatives of various institutions of the SADR government, and researchers in the field of religion from different countries, such as  America, Portugal, Spain and Germany.

Speaking at the opening of this edition, the Minister of Justice and religious affairs underlined that the choice of theme for this edition, "refugees in divine books" confirms the responsibility of the international community to find a solution to the conflict of the Sahrawi people in exile for more than forty years and helps shed more light on the situation of these refugees.

He took the opportunity to emphasize the need for more efforts to alleviate the suffering and the tragedy of the Saharawi refugees due to the occupation of their territory by Morocco.

For his part, Bachir Moustapha Sayed indicated that the holding of this forum in the Sahrawi refugee camps will strengthen the commitment, tolerance and solidarity against injustice in Western Sahara, and broaden the momentum of support and solidarity with the struggle of the Saharawi people for liberation. 

He also stressed that the refuge phenomenon has become the character of the 21th century, urging forum participants to focus during their deliberations to discuss effective ways to reduce it.

The forum will discuss the theme "refugees in divine books" through several talks by the imams and Muslim scholars, researchers and Christian bishops.

The Forum has become an annual event organized by the Sahrawi youth in collaboration with the American Foundation Not Forgotten International and sponsored by the SADR Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs. (SPS)