Civil society groups map peace strategies
By Wek Atak Kacjang
Civil society organizations have begun mapping out mechanisms on how to respond to the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.
The two-day workshop aims at uniting civil society responses in order to appropriately work towards enhancing effective implementation of the peace agreement.
The workshop aims to enhance the participants to understand the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan as well as the roles played by the Civil Society organizations and faith based groups in the peace process.
Speaking yesterday, South Sudan Network for Democratic Elections (SSuNDE) Acting Chairperson, Elizabeth Henry Angok said they will brainstorm in order to develop way forward for the peace process.
“We are the way forward for peace. It is not me alone but all of us because if the peace is written on a paper and nobody takes action, there cannot be peace,” Ms. Angok said.
“We want to join our hands so that we implement together the current R-ARCSS.”
Meanwhile Betty Obay, a representative of South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission (SSPRC) said the civil society organizations will coordinate and collaborate to ensure no efforts are wasted during implementation of the peace agreement.
“We need our people to know what the Revitalized Peace Agreement has to say because we have to own it. If we don’t own it we will not understand it,” he added.
For Harriet Baka, a member of SSuNDE Board South Sudanese’ hope lies on the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.
“We know very well that all the South Sudanese talk about the Revitalized Peace Agreement and I believe we normally cover the gap to make sure the citizens benefit from the information about it,” Ms. Baka said.
She added that women and children who suffered most from the civil war should be appeased with full restoration of stability in the country.
Ms. Baka appealed to the women at community levels to be hopeful and participate in the implementation processes.