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Rev Moon and the President of Sierra Leone

News from Sierra Leone; Cocorioko reports:

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has been awarded the “PEACE MEDAL AWARD” by the Universal Peace Federation in the United States of America.

…Delivering, her special message from Rev. Moon to President Koroma, Katherine Rigney said God is working positively through him and that the Head of State is an important figure working for peace in Sierra Leone and Africa. Sierra Leone, she said is an example of peace for the world.

And Koroma, grateful for the plaudits, has responded generously:

President Koroma said… that land would be provided for the erection of a Peace Embassy in Sierra Leone.

Rev Moon’s “Peace Embassies” are part of a wider strategy for gaining influence in Africa; at the end of 2007, a “Peace Embassy” in Zambia provided the location for the launch of a new breakaway church led by Emmanuel Milingo, the former Roman Catholic cardinal who now regards Moon as the “Messiah”.

Moon’s Universal Peace Federation, and its associated  has been remarkably successful in collecting endorsements and support from powerful and prominent individuals. I even ran a “spin-off” blog on the subject for a while