Sant’Egidio; another Nobel hopeful…
Returning from a few days off in remote parts with little telephone reception or even (gasp) the internet, I was slightly surprised to find that President Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize. Much ink, digital and real, has been spilled on the topic so I keep it short.
My editor Luke Coppen posted about this when the news broke, remarking that the choice would be a disappointment to those who had backed Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, a great promoter of dialogue between religions and a member of the Jordanian Royal Family.
The Nobel Peace Prize has sometimes been awarded to organisations, rather than individuals, notably the International Atomic Energy Agency and Amnesty International. In this tradition, the judges could have rewarded the Community of Sant’Egidio, an Italian Catholic organisation which specialises in resolving conflicts in the developing world. Its mediators have played a key role in ending several brutal wars, notably Mozambique’s civil conflict which ended in 1992.