Students want youth to shun revenge missions
By Kitab A Unango and Sarah Kiko
Students from different institutions have appealed to their fellow youth to stop engaging in revenge missions as it slows efforts to achieve long lasting peace.
The students who participated in a workshop organised by Munuki Rotary Club condemned intertribal violence which often led to the civil wars that the country has been experiencing for the last few years.
The event was funded by Democracy International (DI) under the United Nations Agency for International Development (USAID).
According to the students there had been increased cases of people killing relatives of even close friends under the assumption that they murdered their kin.
The students also pointed out that the increased cattle raids were as a result of revenge missions from different parties, which often escalated into serious fighting that, lasted for months. This, they felt, should immediately stop.
Paska Juan Gloria a third year student at St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School said revenge destroys peaceful coexistence and reduces population.
“Revenge is a very bad thing. South Sudanese should stay in peace, stop revenge and promote peaceful coexistence,” Juan said.
George Henry Pitia, a student at Juba Day secondary School said that citizens should shun revenge act which is rampant in this country. He added that they should learn how to forgive and show love to one another.
Judith John, another student from St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School said some students were influenced by peer groups who misled and made them drop out of school. She added that people revenge in various ways including killing, looting, and sexual and physical abuse.
In her remarks, a member of Youth for Peace and Coexistence, Flavia Lisok Morris pointed out that youth, who are the majority in the country, are the first victims of war and they die the most in case of any conflict.
She encouraged students to be role models in the society. She added that they should have determination so as to achieve their goals in education.
According to the president of Munuki Rotary Club Tutu Steven, the event was organised to create awareness to the students about the dangers of retaliation. He also encouraged them to join the Club citing that it sensitises youth to be vigilant.
The workshop was attended by students from three secondary schools within Juba City including Juba Day Secondary School, St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School and Juba Diocesan Secondary School.