“I wish to seize this opportunity to commend ACCORD for having instituted the Africa Peace Award in 1993 to recognize those communities, institutions or individuals who make concrete contributions to the peaceful resolution of conflicts. 

At its inception, and understandably so, ACCORD selected the community of Mpumalanga, […] known at the time as ‘Little Beirut’ or the ‘Killing Fields of South Africa’. The selection of Mpumalanga was in recognition of the community’s courage in standing up to prejudice, poverty and protracted violence and therefore giving South Africans hope for the future.”

Salim Ahmed Salim, OAU Secretary General, Durban (1995)