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Drama for peace held in Rumbek

By Mabor Riak Magok

Oneday drama event on the impact of inter-communal conflicts on women and children was concluded in Rumbek last week.

The drama on the impact of inter-communal conflict on women and children brought pupils from two schools Ngath Secondary School and ECSS Primary school to present effects of cattle raiding on the livelihoods.Thirty four leaders from different organizations and officials from the State government also attended.

The drama event was implemented by Bahr el Ghazal Youth Development Agency (BYDA) with Support from DI-SUCESS.

Speaking during the closing remarks after the event, the Minister of Information and communication, Shadrack Bol Machok said Lakes states are one of States that have witnessed continuous inter-communal violent conflicts since 2013.

“The crisis that erupted in Juba in December 2013 negatively impacted on the already fragile security in the State because the government allows large number of fire arms to the hands of civil populations in the state under pretext of fighting rebellion but ended up being used by the feuding communities to fight,” saidMachok.

He said many lives have been lost, properties destroyed and counter revenge killings and cattle raiding persist allowing poverty to flourish and polarized communities.“This is because in most cases the civilians are better armed and equipped than the organized forces hence difficult for the government to quell any inter-communal conflict,” he said.

Machok said inter-communal killings have made communities prefer revenge as the redress instead of seeking legal processes to bring the perpetrators to book.

Rumbek Civic Engagement Center Manager, William Malok Majak said since the centre was opened in Mid-2016, DI-SUCCESS and civil society organizations (CSOs) have conducted and facilitated many peace oriented round table discussions, dialogues and trainings aimed at engaging various feuding communities to reconcile and live in harmony.

He said the activity was linked to previous round table discussions, dialogues and trainings aimed at engaging various feuding communities to reconcile and stay in peace and harmony.

Sowing Seeds for Peace Initiative (SSPI) Guarantor, Peter Machuei Ater said that the drama even twas an effective way of passing peace and reconciliation messages to the communities of Western Lakes state.

“Drama does not only help the audience understand the impact of the conflict in the society but also helps in recruiting ambassadors of peace among the communities,” said Ater.

He said the youth have to be targeted with activities that promote peace because they are the future and are the current perpetrators of violence.

Ater said students should desist from being involved in inter-communal conflicts and should be preaching peace.

He said the drama event present effects of cattle raiding and livelihood of children, displacement, raping, early and forced marriages happening in the community.

The drama event brought together 70 pupils and Students from Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan primary School and Ngath Secondary School as well as 34 leaders from different organizations and officials from the State government.

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