Rezeigat Representatives during conference at Gok-Machar of Aweil East county [Gurtong file photo]
By Agoth Abraham
NYAMLEL, 15 February 2017 [Gurtong]-This is the first community conference between the two communities to be held in 2017 under the theme ‘Maintaining Peaceful Migration Season and Cross Border Relationship by Solving Issues Through Dialogue.’.
The conference was also jointly held in consultation with Dinka Malual Chiefs of Nyamlel who have several annual Pre-migration peace conferences before.
The three days Pre-Migration Conference discussed how the Rezeigat cattle will be grazed in the territory of South Sudan and how both communities will respect each other in the wake for peace.
The conference was facilitated by William Kolong Pioth, the Coordinator for South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission, joint border peace committee members, local government officials and other community leaders, who helped in reviewing previous resolutions, reflect on the lessons learned from last year’s migration.
The conference resolved pending cases that have the potential of escalating tensions where the communities eventually agreed on the set resolutions and adopted new resolutions covering all the different aspects of 2017-18 dry season cattle migration.
Operational and technical support for the event was provided by VISTAS – USAID program which aims to increase stability along the Sudan-South Sudan border by re-affirming the positive social, economic and political linkages forged between Dinka Malual of NBeG and the pastoralist Rezeigat of East Darfur during peaceful cattle migrations.
Each dry season (January – June) thousands of Rezeigat cattle along with pastoralist families cross River Kiir into Aweil North, Aweil West and Aweil Center Counties in search of water and pastures. USAID has been supporting these meetings since 2012.