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Grassroots people trained on peace agreement

Some of the members of Boma peace committees attending the training

(Photo: Peter Biar)

 By Sheila Ponnie

More than 50 members of Boma peace committees from Lainya, Kajo-Keji and Lobonok County of Jubek state are undergoing a two-day training to translate the Revitalized-Peace Agreement from paper to action.

The training aimed at building the capacity of Boma peace committees to take ownership in resolving communal conflicts including conflicts between farmers and herders.

Peter Malir Biar, Executive Director of Christian Agency for Peace and Development said that youth should take lead in advancing the revitalized peace agreement to the communities for conflict resolution.

“The youth and women of this country must take lead as agents of change through dialogue for the promotion of peaceful coexistence, healing and reconciliation among the diverse communities at the grassroots,” Biar said during his opening remarks.

He added that it was high time the youth stopped child abduction and cattle rustling for families and communities to settle and restore their livelihoods across the country.

Mr. Biar said that youth are vital in restoring livelihoods and peaceful coexistence of South Sudanese communities regardless of past memories.

“We strongly believe that young people are key in building peace. We need to translate the peace pact into real life. It is all about taking responsibility as citizens. We need to compromise each other. Let us say enough is enough!” Mr. Biar explained

Olivia Victoria Davies, UNMISS Civil Affairs Unit officer at the training said that they were interested in seeing functional local peace structures for permanent realization of peace in the country.

“Youths can play a role in transforming and modifying behavioral change. We need activities to mitigate conflict. Conflict management is a key to development of South Sudan,” she noted.

Ms. Davies stated that it was not only in South Sudan were conflict management strategies were needed for the welfare of the communities rather global attention.

She encouraged the youth to be a uniting factor rather than a dividing factor in the societies.

The workshop is being conducted by Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD) in collaboration with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission (SSPRC).

The training was conducted under the theme “BELEDNAWell,” meaning our country first.

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