20 Oct 2018

 

Thiik, Jel-Wau Inter-Communal Peace Conference Begins In Tonj State

A peace conference between the communities of Thiik of Ngap-agok County in Tonj East and the Jel of Wau began today with an aim of bring peace and reconciliation between the two conflicting communities.

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 03 January 2018[Gurtong] –Speaking during the opening of the peace conference the South Sudan Deputy Ambassador to Ghana, Clement Deng Akech said peace is a collective responsibility of the society and the government.

“My message to all these involved communities is that let this year of 2018 be a year of peace, no one should think of his or her neighbour as an enemy. We all need to enjoy peace and harmony,” Akech said.

He called upon the Thiik community and their neighbours to accept peace in the New Year.
“Killing ourselves is not the solution to problems that one may think, but accepting dialogue is the only way to peace in our country,” he said.

The diplomat also said that there are families who are still mourning their loved ones due to the recent fighting between the communities of Thiik and Jel- Wau that claimed many lives.
“With peace, children could go to school and developmental projects could be realized in the area,” he added.

The two communities of Thiik and Jel- Wau have been involved in a series of fighting over the past weeks in which over 40 people were reportedly killed while several scores injured during the fights.

The two communities have been fighting over land that both claim belongs to them.
 

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