Mangateen youth sensitised on Peace Agreement

By Martha David

In their effort to understand the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R – ARCISS), Youth in Mangateen area gathered at the market on Wednesday to receive coaching on the chapters of the agreement.

This was one of the series of youth sensitization events organised by Active Citizens, a civil society organisation disseminating the peace agreement to citizens.

The facilitator, Angelina Stephen Ban, who is Active Citizen’s Project Coordinator, said the training aims to create awareness, especially among girls and women.

Ban added that Active Citizen hopes to empower young women to believe in themselves.

“I want women to know that what men can do a woman can do it even better,” she said.

The Program Manager of Active Citizen South Sudan, Michael Biphal Thot said the program targets youths because they are the majority.

“We want young people to be informed so that every citizen can become a stakeholder of the agreement and to own it,” Thot said, noting that when people own the peace agreement, they take the responsibility to disseminate messages of peaceful co-existence.

He referred to the training as an opportunity for the youth to embrace peace.

On her part, Maren Fallet, the country advisor of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) said she was pleased that the youth turned out to attend the event. She said it was a sign that the young people are interested in understanding the peace agreement.

Meanwhile, Nawadir Sedig, one of the participants said the training helped her to understand that people can co-exist peacefully without fighting amongst themselves.

“Conflict is not a better way of living. People should not involve themselves into fights,” she told Juba Monitor.

“Being together is what can bring peace among people,” she added.

22-year-old Bangoang Yiech said reconciliation is what people need to forgive each other and move forward.

Yiech urged the youth to be the Champions of Peace instead of being misled by politicians.

“Be advocates and embrace peace. We should not be used by the leaders to insight others,” Yiech added.

Another participant, William Monjbur Bol said he understood how perpetrators who committed grave atrocities during the conflict “must be accountable.”

The program is being supported by the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in partnership Active Citizen South Sudan.

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