‘I Can South Sudan’ launches peace building initiative in Bidibidi
By: Martin Manyiel Wugol in Kampala
I Can South Sudan has launched a peace building initiative meant and promoting unity and togetherness among South Sudanese in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Camp.
I CAN South Sudan is a refugee led organization started in October 2017 with the aim of engaging unaccompanied South Sudanese refugee children in social and musical activities so as to heal them from all kinds of trauma they went through as children by developing their skills and give them voice to advocate for their rights and be agents of peace in the society.
The Public Relation Officer of I CAN South Sudan told Juba Monitor yesterday on phone that the initiative also aims at engaging refugees in sets of activities that will increase tolerance and promote peaceful coexistence to address the structural sources of conflicts in the refugee community and host communities by looking at the immediate possible ways to address ethnic and political cleavages among refugees, and eliminating idleness among the youths in the settlements as a remedy for conflict mitigation within the community.
Moses Philliph D Sakondo said the immediate activities to be implemented include, I CAN Kids recording peace songs with JM Kennedy, refugee artists, Media Campaign on Radio Pacis and Spirit FM Koboko, Inter Cluster football tournament in Zone 1, to make sure that community outreach is done in a very effective manner which includes all the people within the settlement.
“The overall objectives and mission is to bring about sense of unity and solidarity among South Sudanese, which means sense of purpose and hope in the lives of musically talented unaccompanied refugee children living in refugee settlements in Northern Uganda,” he said.
“Our goal is to build unity, love and harmony among South Sudanese Refugee Children and give them a voice through music to stand for their rights and instill reconciliation, forgiveness and peace among refugees,” he added.
According to Ms. Wande Naguya Jovana, an accountant officer of I CAN South Sudan said the project we are laughing today will largely help South Sudanese unaccompanied children as organization to provide basic necessities.
Wande Naguya Jovana said currently I Can South Sudan is taking care of twenty South Sudanese unaccompanied children taking part in various activities to change their life and become better citizens of South Sudan in the near future.
Jovana called on government and other peace partners to expeditiously bring lasting peace in South Sudan because South Sudanese people need to go home without hesitation and be able to resettle in their ancestral homes in South Sudan where they originally belong.