Peace agency commences campaign initiative at POCs

By Peter Gatkuoth

The Organization for Peace Development Agency (OPDA) has commenced a peace-promoting initiative aimed at the dissemination of the Revitalized Peace Agreement to the internally displace persons at the Protection of Civilians Sites (POCs).

OPDA Executive Director and Founder Ruot George Wal told Juba Monitor that they have distributed more than a thousand copies of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) document to the IDPs.

“We have distributed over one thousand copies of R-ARCSS in Nuer, English and Arabic languages to the internally displaced persons,” said George.

He added that the target is to train youth, women and community leaders in the camp about what the peace agreement entails, hinting that protection sites are at times swept by chaos, which also includes domestic violence.

“There was an internal chaos in the camp that is why we came up with this initiative to educate people about peace building and trauma healing,” he said.

“We believe that the country has been at war for the last five years and it has created negative impact on the lives of the internally displaced. So we want to create awareness and behavioral change and encourage people to live together at POCs,” he added.

George revealed that they are in partnership with ALMANA South Sudan for peace building, aiming at uniting people together and training of youth on peace.

The Executive thanked BBC Media Action on Radio Drama, Formation of Listening Clubs in the Camp, Life in Lulu Program and R-JMEC for providing copies of the agreement.

OPDA was formed in December 2016 in Bentiu. It now operates from Juba and Malakal where the organization had first educational project at River Nile Secondary School.

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