South Sudanese need reconciliation-Arua LC5

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

The Arua District Local Council Five (LC5) has told South Sudanese refugees that the mere silencing of guns to end the conflict was not the permanent solution for lasting peace in South Sudan.

Acema Dria Genesis said there was need for a genuine reconciliation and forgiveness to take place in the country after the guns were all put on silence.

“We need to pray for sustainable peace in South Sudan because we are looking forward to seeing that the refugees are repatriated back to their country,” Mr. Genesis said.

The Arua District top official made the statement on Monday during the Global Hand Washing Day.

However, the LC5 urged students not allow their status of refugee to discourage them from pursuing their studies.

Mr. Genesis sympathized with the refugees and said, “It is not your own making to be in the camps but the civil war that broke out in South Sudan”.

He encouraged the school aged going children to take education very serious.

“You have to concentrate on your studies even becoming musicians requires education and it becomes a profession if you under take the course,” he said.

The LC5 Chairman hailed the organized forces that are providing security in the settlement saying their effort has maintained peace in the camps.

Julies Nakata, a student at Imvepi Secondary school who was to sit for her Ugandan National Examination, said it was very hard for them who sat for South Sudan Primary Living Examination to be registered for Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB)

Ms. Nakata added that most refugee students have dropped out of school as they find it not easy to convert their school certificate.

“Majority of South Sudanese refugee students left their document in Juba due to the conflict,” said Ms. Nakata.  She appealed to Arua District Education Officer to reconsider refugees’ situation.

Ms. Nakata added most of them were just living idle in the camps since they have nothing to do.






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