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Activist urges communities to coexistence in peace

By: Bullen Bala Alexander

A civil activist has called on the community of Greater Lakes States to have peaceful co-existence with communities from the neighboring states.

James Mohandis, the Executive Director for Women Aid Vision (WAV) said working for peace was always expensive and needs collective effort.

“It needs a lot of resources, all these need collective responsibility of our communities, government and all stakeholders,” he said.

Mohandis said for the last five years WAV have been implementing peace building projects in great Lakes and parts of Western Equatoria especially in Mvolo and Mundri at the boards between the Jur, Dinka Agar community, the Atuot in areas like Mapuordit

Mohandis explained that those communities were given trainings on the issues related to revenge killings, cattle raiding especially between great Lakes and Mvolo on how best they could control such situations.

“We facilitate a lot of community dialogue that Champion towards peace building and at times we bring them together,” he said.

He said despite all the efforts being inserted, it was always frustrating when trying to bring those communities together.

“Like after you organized a big conference, that is expensive, considering the roads, you spend a lot of money, logistics is also an issue and at times you reach back to Juba you hear the same community has been getting back to conflicts. You wonder why do you spend all this money and you are not seeing outcome,” he said.

He said sometimes they were encouraged by testimonies from the community when they go back to the grassroots.

Mohandis said they expect positive respond from the community in long run.

“I think our work is demanding and that is the call we are making even the communities within the great lakes would want see that the state is peaceful,” he said.

He added that in order to be peaceful there was need to maintain the security across the roads that connect the towns and other states in the country.

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