Peace activists call for support for youth projects
Participants at the National Peace Center attending to the peace debate
By Jale Richard
The youth of South Sudan needs to be supported to enable them end the culture of violence through engaging in peace building projects,a group of peace activists have said.
The activist raised this yesterday in a peace debate organized by the National Youth dialogue Platform at National Youth Center.
The event brought together youths from different professions engaged in promoting the culture of peace in South Sudan.
“There are many challenges facing the youths, but if they are supported through training,the youth of South Sudan can end the fighting in the country, said Sworo William Sebit the debate coordinator. “They need to acquire skills that can be used to promote peace.”
“If the youths are supported through education and providing them financial support to create awareness for their counterparts in the villages, they can be convinced of the dangers of war,” he added.
The debate is aimed at finding the challenges facing youths in promoting a culture of peace and finding opportunities that can be used to engage youths in promoting the culture of peace in South Sudan.
Sworo added that the identified challenges and opportunities would be forwarded to relevant members of parliaments and the ministry of youth, culture and sports for consideration in planning for the youths.
Gloria Amaniyo, one of the four panelists said that one of the most overarching problems facing the youths is the high level of illiteracy that makes them susceptible to selfish promises of the politicians.
She added that if the youths can be educated through giving them conflict solving and peace building skills, they could be mobilized to stop joining groups that wage conflict in the country.
“If mobile schools can be used like the ones used in Karamoja, even people in the cattle camps can get education that will change their lives,”she said.
MalauJalou a lawyer and one of the panelists said another big challenge facing the youths in promoting a culture of peace is “the dysfunctional judiciary where people get away with whatever crimes they commit.”
“People will continue committing crimes when they are not brought to book by the judiciary. The judiciary should be independent for it to ensure every crime does not go unpunished.”
Deng David Maker one of the panelists identified division of the south Sudanese youths along tribal lines as a major impediment to promoting the culture of peace.
“You find that the youths are divided according to their tribes, and follow instructions from their tribal leaders that make it hard for them to interact. Even marriage is denied to some people because their parents labeled other tribes unfit to be married to,” Maker said.
He suggested that the youths of South Sudan should shun advises from tribal leaders that stereotypes, name call and discriminate people according to their tribes.