Award for Father Cedric Prakash

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Illinois: The ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ was presented to human rights activist and Jesuit priest, Father Cedric Prakash, S.j. by the City of Harvey in Illinois, last month. The plaque presented to Fr. Prakash noted with appreciation his “struggle and selfless service in the cause of justice and human rights in Gujarat, India.” Fr. Cedric Prakash is the director of “Prashant,” an organisation based in Ahmedabad, dedicated to human rights, justice and peace. The award was presented to him by Mayor Eric Kellogg of Harvey City. The Mayor recalled the Gujarat pogrom, in which 2,000 people were brutally massacred and over 150,000 displaced, as “one of the darkest chapters in Indian history”. He added that the struggle for justice in the aftermath of the Gujarat carnage is a story of selfless service and that Fr. Cedric Prakash is one of those rare individuals who have made this struggle, their mission of life.