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Comic book launched to address access to Justice

Staff of SFCG and partners for group picture after the launch (photo by Kidega Livingstone)

By Kidega Livingstone

Search for Common Ground in collaboration with Development Law Association and Initiative for peace communication Association has launched Comic book to facilitate access to justice in the Country.

Speaking during the launch, Media Coordinator for Search Ground Organization Mr. David Lasuba said that the book title “Mou and Keji get Justice at last” would address the challenges of access to justice at the grassroots.

He emphasized that the book would inform the public about their legal rights and responsibilities on how to access justice.

“The Book is a hope to transform the attitude and the behavior of the communities in the project location at large. It is increasing their demand and access to their legal rights through available legal avenues and stop resorting to illegal practices like revenge killing and taking the law into their hands to resolve the conflict and disputes,” said Lasuba.

The Comic book was developed by Search for common ground in partnership with Anataban Arts Initiative, a South Sudanese youth Organization that use art, music and cartoons to promote peace.

According to Lasuba the book is the first of its kind to be produced in the Country and it is a new medium of communication that optimistic to help in bridging the existing gap in communities by strengthening legal awareness and providing positive role model.

In his part Chaplain Kara Yokoju, a Lecture at the University of Juba said that there are many rights that people don’t know and the book would help in seeking for justice.

“Justice is a big issue in South Sudan. Somebody has done wrong because he or she is related to big people in government, he would be removed from jail,” he said.

He said the book would encourage dialogue between the community members after reading the illustrated story that was published in the book.

However James Wani, a student at the University said that book and drama produced should be translated to local languages of all tribes in the Country in order for the community to understand access to justice.

The book also informs citizens in an artistic manner about the procedure to access justice and report their cases to the police. It also informs them about relevant legal articles related to illegal arrest and detention, marriage, domestic violence embedded in South Sudan transitional constitution.

The comic book will be distributed in the five targeted locations of the project Juba, Bor, Wau, Rumbek and Nimule this month.

 

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