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South Sudan bishop wins Roosevelt freedom award for his peace village

A bishop in South Sudan has won an award that recognises the peace village he founded as the visible embodiment of his peacemaking efforts.

In May, Bishop Paride Taban, retired bishop of Torit, will receive the Freedom of Worship Award, one of the Four Freedoms Awards presented every other year by the Roosevelt Foundation in Middelburg, Netherlands.

Bishop Taban is ‘a rare figure in a fractured country, someone who has excellent contact with leaders on all sides and is not afraid to call them to account,’ the Dutch peacebuilding organisation PAX said in a 6th February statement.

The 82-year-old bishop set up the Kuron peace village in 2005 in Eastern Equatoria, a thinly populated area in the southeast of South Sudan. The village is a three-day journey by road from the capital, Juba.

Since the 1960s, Bishop Taban ‘has worked as a peacemaker, drawing on seemingly bottomless reserves of patience, optimism and strategic insight,’ the Roosevelt Foundation said in a 6th February statement announcing the award.

Picture: In May Bishop Paride Taban, retired bishop of Torit, South Sudan, will receive the Freedom of Worship Award, one of the Four Freedoms Awards presented every other year by the Roosevelt Foundation in Middelburg, Netherlands. Bishop Taban is pictured in a 2010 photo in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller).