Trust needed for lasting peace in S. Sudan-Refugees

By Gaaniko Samson  

South Sudanese refugees in Rhino camp, Uganda called for unity in order to experience lasting peace in the country.

The said lack of trust among South Sudanese is making it hard for the political leaders to bring lasting peace in the country.

Alex Mawa, Refugees Welfare Council I (RWC1) said the continued division among South Sudanese was making them not to reconcile.

He made the remarks during a community dialogue organized by one of the civil societies operating in Ofua four of Rhino camp.

“We need to forgive ourselves as South Sudanese to build a united country for lasting peace,” he said.

“Those in the camps and those living within the country should forgive each other and forget the past,” he added.

He called on the refugees to cease from hate speech and avoid negative attitude towards each other.

Khamis Kennedy, a church leader in the camp said hate speech was causing a lot division among South Sudanese both within and abroad.

“As parents and teachers, we need to train our children in the school to live together. We should train them to study together so that they can learn to live in peace,” he said.

He added that because of the hatred, fighting and conflicts were still going on in South Sudan.

James Manasi, one of the elders said power struggle was another big thing that has caused all the suffering in the country.

He said unless the political leaders give up in power struggle, peace will not come to South Sudan.

Manasi remarked that there is need to end hate speech by advocating for peace.

“We need to lower ourselves down and all the tribes must come together as one people to pray for peace in our country,’ he stressed.

Otiti Joseph Cosmas, the Program and Administrator for Assostanet Action for people in need Organization (APINO) Uganda said they need to train 30 refugees’ youth from all the tribes.

He said the youth would be expected to move around the settlement to deliver peace message to the refugees.

“For peace to come to our country, we need to distance ourselves from hate speech,” Comas said.

He said most South Sudanese talk against their political leaders and government on the social media.

“This is one of things fuelling conflicts in the country,” Comas stressed.

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