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The World

November 02, 1987

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, pleading for unity in the battle against apartheid, led a "prayer for peace" service in a South African black district where factional fighting has claimed scores of lives. Tutu, leader of the Anglican church in southern Africa and winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, told a crowd of at least 1,000 that "freedom is coming" but that blacks must stop fighting each other. However, one of two warring factions, the Zulu political organization Inkatha, boycotted the service and said Tutu should stay away. The Pietermaritzburg Council of Churches, which sponsored the service, says about 140 people have been killed this year in black townships around Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Natal province. Three more were reported killed in weekend violence.

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