Rup and Pakam community during the 2 day peace and reconciliation meeting in Rumbek [Photo by Mabor Riak]
By Mabor Riak Magok
RUMBEK, 15 March [Gurtong]-The Acting Chairperson of the inter-church committee, Elijah Magel Manhom during the closing remarks assured the Gelwong Youth and Chiefs on both sides of the two communities that CRS will support the next general peace meeting soon after the preparations are made.
He said, inter-churches committee with support from CRS will continue to organize peace and reconciliation meetings as part of its activities to achieve peace and reconciliation in all places where there is conflict and violence in the country.
Elijah Magel said CRS will make a report on the issue of famine or hunger in Western Lakes State but urged the internally displaced persons to return to their places of origin.
The Deputy Speaker of Western Lakes State Legislative Assembly who is also the Secretary for the Community Peace Committee, Chol Kuotwel Manhom said, the government is committed to ensure that peace must prevail in the community but the responsibility and efforts of bringing peace and stability is in the hands of the youth.
He urged the youth to abandon violence as a means of solving problems, tribalism and sectionalism but focus on good livelihood of farming.
The peace and reconciliation mmetting came up with the following recommendations from the representatives of chiefs and Gelwong Youth of Pakam and Rup community:-
1- General disarmament of all Gelwong Youth in Western Lakes State
2- General peace and reconciliation in Malek County
3- Raided cattle to be returned after settlement of IDs in their respective villages
4- Gelwong Youth leaders to Prevent and control consumption of alcohol in the cattle camps and the villages
The meeting was attended by Chiefs, intellectuals, MPs and Gelwong Youth.
In June 2015, SSCC heads of churches met in Kigali, Rwanda and committed to an Action Plan for Peace (APP) which identifies three strategic areas of action – advocacy, neutral forum and reconciliation – that will directly contribute and compliment implementation of the peace agreement and community peace processes.
The Council of Churches, with a vision of a just and peaceful South Sudan inspired and transformed by godly values towards holistic and equitable development of all people, is an ecumenical umbrella body comprised of seven member churches and three affiliates churches
Represented by the inter-church committees at the grassroots, the SSCC and its ecumenical partners make up an extremely broad-reaching network throughout the country.