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Priest who saved 1,500 Muslims from slaughter shortlisted for new $1m peace prize


The Aurora Prize, presented by George Clooney, aims to honour those who stood up for Armenians during the 1915 genocide

A priest who saved 1,500 Muslims from slaughter in the Central African Republic has been shortlisted for a new $1 million peace prize.

Fr Bernard Kinvi, of the Order of St Camillus, provided shelter for those fleeing the anti-balaka militia at his mission hospital in Bossemptele for several months. He then helped them escape on lorries across the border into Cameroon.

Fr Kinvi is one of four people shortlisted for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, given to “individuals who put themselves at risk to enable others to survive”.

The prize will be presented by George Clooney at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia, next month.

Three of the four finalists are Catholic. They are Dr Tom Catena, the sole surgeon for 750,000 people in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, who said his work is inspired by St Francis of Assisi; Marguerite Barankitse, who saved thousands of lives and cared for orphans and refugees during the civil war in Burundi; and Syeda Ghulam Fatima, who has worked to end bonded labour in Pakistan.

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