Saturday, May 9, 2009

Nigerian town tries sports to encourage religious tolerance

Christian Purefoy, reporting from Jos, Nigeria, shoes a soccer (he calls it “football”) game of teams with each side having Catholics and Muslims, in this small town struggling with religious strife. Religious leaders are using sports to teach younger men and teenagers religious tolerance.

Purefoy is a young British journalist now based in Lagos, Nigeria. Jos is in central Nigeria, north of Abuja.

Nigeria has had problems with “rebels” vandalizing oil fields and claiming that they have the power to disrupt oil companies. It’s not immediately clear how this relates to religious breakdowns.

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