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Local organization trains S. Sudan peace ambassadors

By Martin Manyiel Wugol

The Lacha Community and Economic Development has trained a number of South Sudanese in Kampala to act as peace ambassadors among South Sudanese refugees living in Uganda regardless of their political affiliation.

Lacha Community and Economic Development Organization is a non-partisan organization founded in Yei River state in 2008, but it was later incorporated in Uganda 2016 during the aftermath of the July 2016 conflict. The organization supports vulnerable conflict affected population and currently is working among South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

Speaking during the workshop, Monica Berti the organizer of peace training said, the purpose of the training was to empower South Sudanese living in Ugandan capital Kampala to be mindful of the importance of peace and tranquility in their homeland.

Berti urged the trainees to  carry their work without discrimination, “You should be exemplary to the communities when you go to refugee settlement camps and you must preach messages of peace and unity of South Sudanese people.”

“Enough now, it is time to realize the importance of peace in order to develop our country and move forward for the betterment of our communities,” Berti  said.

Meanwhile, a representative of the participants Mr. Charles Wani said this training would make a great difference in his view of the issues, “the training  reminded us all to reflect on where we come from and act wisely because our people suffered a lot and it is our collective responsibility to preach peace.”

Lacha Community and Economic Development organization is determined to conduct more training and as well to support the already trained peace ambassadors.

The training also covered on the roles of South Sudanese peace ambassadors on how they could support an everlasting peace effort and the success of the National Dialogue.

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