Gulu Archbishop John the Baptist Odama recently received the 2012 Peacemaker Award in Gulu, Uganda presented by World Vision to commemorate the International Day of Peace. Archbishop Odama has been a staunch supporter of BOSCO-Uganda since its inception. As the leader of the Gulu Archdiocese, Archbishop Odama has provided outstanding leadership and guidance to BOSCO-Uganda over the past five years.
This isn’t the first time that Archbishop Odama’s peacemaking and leadership skills have been on display. He previously acted as an advisor during the tense Juba peace talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army in 2006. These talks helped usher in a new era of peace in the region after nearly 25 years of constant conflict and displacement due to the ongoing violence between the Lord’s Resistance Army and government soldiers in the region.
From 2002 to 2010 Archbishop Odama also served as chairman of the Acholi Religious Peacemakers Initiative, an inter-faith group of leaders committed to bringing peace to the northern region of Uganda.
BOSCO-Uganda wishes to congratulate Archbishop Odama for his continued commitment to bringing peace and hope to a region which is now finally seeing the fruits of his efforts!