Youth urged to participate in peace building process

By Martha David

As the country yearns for stability and sustainable peace holds, youth from different institutions have yesterday shared views on how to achieve lasting peace.

They gathered at Women Union in Hai-Neem, Juba.

 Paul Cabiet Ayong, member of the SPLM Youth League said active youth participation was a key role in achieving lasting peace in the country.

He said the future of this country does not rely on the signatories to the peace process only but also young people.

 “Youth should convene in future as young people and start thinking of what you want to achieve and the interest of achieving it,” he said.

Ayong explained that youth should be politically conscious so that change can happen.

 A representative from University of Juba Deng Kur Mading said as young people they must reject tribalism and be as one citizens.

Mading urged fellow youth to engage the parties to the agreement during the process of the implementation of security arrangements as provided in the agreement.

“We the youth we need to tell the two leaders wherever they are that they should meet the security arrangements before the end of the hundred days. We are tired of   war and violence,” he stressed.

He cautioned the youth to avoid being used as tools for fighting to achieve personal interests.

Nancy Malith who is a student said such activities should be taken to the states to engage youth at the grass roots so that they are involved in the decision making.

“There is only peace in Juba but in other states there is no peace, the youth at the grass roots need to be informed and have the knowledge also,” she stressed.

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