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Local stakeholders advise youth to fight off division

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The youth and local communities in greater Jonglei have been advised to fight off tribalism and promote gender equality in the unity government.

The peace commission officials and faith based leaders who speaking during a campaign dubbed #NINASAWA, meaning “we are equal” said it was time for youth and local communities to champion peaceful coexistence so that the state achieves complete stability.

The campaign was aimed at fighting tribalism and gender inequality in Jonglei state.

Manyiel Atuany Jok, Commissioner at Jonglei State Peace and Reconciliation affirmed that the campaign was an early turning point for communities to support the unity of the people since the peace accord was holding.

He called on the communities of greater Jonglei and South Sudan at large to embrace peace and work together for the welfare of the people.

“Youth and communities in Jonglei State should begin to embrace peace and forgive each other. There should be room for reconciliation. This nation can not progress when people do not forgive themselves,” commissioner Jok said.

 “As indicated in the Bible, there is time for everything. So this time is for peace. So let’s collaborate and join hands in promoting peace and support the government of national unity in Juba. Let’s forget the past because if we live on the past, we will remain stuck,” he said.

He said the people of Greater Jonglei should join hands in preaching the messages of peace, unity 

Rt. Rev: James Deng Aker, the Episcopal Church of South Sudan Bishop of Diocese of Makuach in Bor cited that forgiveness and reconciliation were critical in God’s kingdom.

“As a man who preaches the word of God, let’s avoid tribalism among ourselves. God will only reward us if we have mercy in our hearts,” he said. 

“We need to welcome our brothers and sisters who will be coming from other ethnic groups to capital Bor soon. So let’s join hands to work together,” Bishop Aker added.

He urged the youth to stop fighting over things which do not correspond to unification of the people.

“What happened between Lou Nuer and Murle was not good at all. So people should embrace peace,” he said.

The campaign against tribalism was conducted by Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD) with the financial support of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).

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