Living Along Africa's Faultlines [World Service]


01 - Heart And Soul20120317What is it like to live where Africa's Muslim North meets the Christian South?

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Along the middle of Africa, from Senegal in the West to Somalia in the East, runs a swath of land separating the continent's 400 million Muslims from its 500 million Christians.

To some observers, this is a volatile religious faultline – the site, for example, of a conflict in Northern Nigeria which is often described as setting Muslims against Christians.

Others see this line as a source of hope - a place where members of the two faiths can work together for peace and prosperity.

But one thing is certain: the vast majority of sub-Saharan Africans, whether Muslim or Christian, define themselves as deeply religious.

So what is it like to live along Africa's faultline?

In this first of two programmes, Solomon Mugera, the BBC's Africa Editor, welcomes guests and hears reports from Nigeria and Ivory Coast to find some answers.

Photo: Christian and Muslim leaders in Kano in Northern Nigeria. Credit: Yusuf Ibrahim

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Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

In the second part of his series, Solomon Mugera, the BBC's Africa Editor, examines life along the Eastern part of Africa's religious faultline - the line where the Muslim North meets the Christian South.

From Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan, he hears what it means for religious minorities on both sides that the two countries are now separate.

And he discovers what happened when US evangelist Franklin Graham attempted to convert Sudan's President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, to Christianity.

We also hear how a Muslim woman in Uganda is joining hands with Christian bishops to combat the country's alarming deforestation.

And Solomon and guests discuss the power of religious identity, which is at once local and global.

Photo: Hajjat Aphwa Kaawaase Sebyala (right), Uganda's "mother of the trees," with Christian colleague Gertrude Sebyayi.

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