Disabled, minority groups sensitized on National Dialogue
By Moses Gum Degur
People with disabilities and minority groups have been sensitized on the National Dialogue grassroots peace initiatives and how it could empower destitute populations to understand and promote Sustainable Negotiation.
Helping Hands, a non- profit making organization organized the workshop to sensitise the disabled and minority groups on grassroots peace initiative of the National Dialogue.
Speaking at the sensitization workshop, Mayen Muorwel Mayom Helping Hands’ Executive Director said his organization aims at empowering minority groups and people with disability to ensure that their voices are included in the National Dialogue.
He said it is a prerequisite to sensitize the vulnerable and the marginalized groups by disseminating information and supporting them to understand meaning of the National Dialogue.
“We are here sensitizing the vulnerable and the marginalized groups, publicize right information, include their voices and consider them in the National Dialogue process,” he said. “This will increase hope that they are part of the community and are being considered in the national affairs that are geared towards attaining peace,” he said.
Mayom noted that preaching National Dialogue means rebuilding the social fabric among the people of South Sudan in realizing lasting peace in the country.
He said his organization will continue playing active role in aadvocating for peace, equal consideration of vulnerable groups to ensure that there is stable society to bridge the schisms created by violence.
Mayom called on South Sudanese to unite, preserve, protect and restore the integrity of our country and build the consensus of working together to develop a vision to guide the nation for generations to come.
Kornelio Wani, Deputy Chairperson of Equatoria Union of Visually Impaired Persons said despite being marginalized and vulnerable, they still have chances of talking to their communities in bringing peace to the country.
He said everyone in this country has the right to contribute what can help the people and the country.
“We are still alive and active,” he said. “We can do anything in this country that supports our people. Even if we are disable and seen helpless. We should be involved in national affairs.”
He said older people and other groups are victims of this crisis in the country that needs inclusion of their voices in the National Dialogue.
Wani said educating and hearing voices of people with disabilities and other minority groups on grassroots peace initiative of the National Dialogue would pave way for members of their communities living in rural areas to learn more about the National Dialogue process.
Helping Hands Organization with support from UNDP has so far sensitized people visually impaired, deaf and dump, widows and people with physical disability on the National Dialogue process, according to Director Mayom.