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NGOs told to cooperate with state gov’t

By Thomas Lodovico Oryem

The authorities in Imotong state have urged all Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in the area to always involve the line ministries in any of their activities that deal with the community.

Speaking during the opening of a five-day training on trauma organized by VISTAS Organization,  the director general in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Joseph Wani Kute said many times most NGOs have not informed them about their activities.

“We were not involved in the planning activities of the training and we had been informed only to come and open it,” Kute referred to the training organized by the VISTAS”.

He added that it has been the concern of the ministry that if any Non-Governmental Organization comes from Juba, it should share its plan with the line ministry so that it will be tabled as an achievement of the particular ministry.

“This matter should be taken seriously so that it doesn’t happen again because we are just invited to open the workshop without knowing the details,” Kute said.

“We should not just be invited to open a workshop, but also to be briefed on the activities so that we can table them in our policy to support our youth,” he added.

However, Kute encouraged the youth who are attending the training to participate fully so that they learn to make difference in their communities.

Meanwhile, Jacob Atari Albano, the Imotong state Minister for Information, Culture, Youth and Sport also appealed to the NGOs to always share their plan with the state authorities saying it was a collective responsibility to empower the youth.

“The youth in all society are the victims of all short of problems such as hiv and war and we have to fight by acquiring knowledge and skills. When the brain is traumatized, one has to be counseled so that he or she does not become mentally confused,” Albano said.

He appealed to Viable Support to Transitional and Stability (VISTAS) to conduct more of the similar trainings in the whole state.

Trauma is an emotional wound that happens when something abnormally shocking, painful or harmful occurs and leaves us feeling overwhelmed and it can be treated physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.

Trauma is not the experience itself but how a person reacts to an event. An event may be traumatic to one person but not to another even when both of them experienced the same event.

The Viable Support to Transitional and Stability (VISTAS) Master trainer for morning star project, Ojja Godfery admitted that they were unable to inform the state ministry since they arrived in Torit last Friday when people were for public holiday of Eid Al Adhaha.

He apologized for any inconvenience caused saying they will have to improve the coordination and collaboration in future. He said they have a lot of activities to do in Imotong state.

Ojja continued that the five days training was to empower communities with knowledge and practical tools to address trauma cases.

“Our aim is to empower communities of south sudan to be aware of trauma and how to be healed so as to restore peace and reconcile with communities because we are all victims. We are suffering from different types of trauma,” Ojja said

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