Project Title: Strengthened church &Community leader’s capacity in Peace dialogue & in conflict sensitivity for Sustainable Peace and Conflict mitigation.
Overall goal: Promote peaceful, unity and inclusive ethnics for sustainable social- economic development, provide justice for all and establish an effective accountability and comprehensive institutions and unify law at state level.
Specific objective 1: Seek to reduce the prevail inter- tribal conflict among different communities to embrace peace and unity in diversity in Western Bahr el Ghazal States.
Specific objective 2: Empower community and Church leaders capacity in peace dialogue, conflict sensitivity skills to better address inter-tribal conflict among difference communities in Wau State.
Estimated budget 40,000 USD
Target groups, community leaders, farmers, church leaders, youths, pastoralists and women.
Project Area: Western Bahr el Ghazal.
Nowhere than in South Sudan have the issues of peace building and conflict prevention become so paramount important particular among the different tribes. The community had severely suffered in the in tribal conflict. As a result of this, the conflict had brought about traumatic experiences, catastrophic episodes, sanguinary holocaust and great destruction of resources by the warring factions; Western Bahr el Ghazal is no exception to such great lost and life bitterness.
Some communities ’members had been arrested, killed or detained innocently on the suspicion of having taken part in either side of the warring factions. Women were raped, other were abducted while and beaten to the point of death. Their properties looted and their houses burnt down mercilessly in the eye of the society.
Due to these characteristics of most areas in South Sudan; the people are all victims of armed conflicts in the forms of political intervention, inter-tribal clashes or inter-clan disputes and are distressed and traumatized by the indecent and horrifying experiences; exposing them to fragmentation of their kinship ties, inter-community relation or inter- clan unity. It has also exposed them to the oppression of the lesser-beings by powerful communities, exploitation of the vulnerable classes, stigmatization and segregation of the lower castes and the threatening of those who stand up for their rights.
Some of them had fled to neighboring countries or areas for refuge while others following horrific attacks in their areas of living, left South Sudan in dismay either with their parents or orphaned and sought asylum out of the continent of Africa and resettled in the third country in Diaspora where they could find ease of life and the right to live on earth.
This conflict in the region track it rooted from the enemies of South Sudan used “divide and rule” tactics, setting tribe against tribe. In spite of ongoing conflict little has been done to address the issue.
though the called for peace in this areas is despairingly needed by the target groups, not much has been done so far, the need for peace is written on their faces and are pledging for cessation of all hostilities is matter of concern.. To address this, we though the following action are important
- Introducing animal immigration policies between states (the farmers and cattle keepers.
- Introducing policies on carrying weapons between states
- Introducing policies on sharing sarcastic resources for animals like water sources and pastures among cattle keepers
- Community dialogue to identify the root causes and effects of the conflict & the role individuals and community contribute to the conflict and peace.
- Conduct church and community leader’s workshop on peace building and conflict prevention, in the past conflicts were resolved peacefully by intervention of chiefs or elders or church leaders and killings were uncommon. These days, political affiliation, have undermine traditional leaders and there is no longer respect for traditional authorities, church leaders, values have been reduced to military ranking.
- Sign resolutions and implement agreement between conflict parties. Different communities who attend peace building and conflict prevention to develop social contracts of cohabitation on the basis of the main problems identified and practical solutions suggested during the community dialogues. The contracts are formulated in the form of commitments by the various social categories within the conflicting parties. With these contracts, they commit to not engaging in the negative practices of the past and to working towards a future defined by their joint aspirations.
- Sourcing the funding to implement the project