20 Oct 2021

 

South Sudan: Hope For Peace As Communities Meet In Tonj

"Cattle raiders were identified as one of the main drivers of the conflict between the two communities. So cattle camp youth from both sides have agreed to create a buffer zone between the two communities..."

Report By Bishop Deng Bol

We successfully participated in a peace conference organised by the Paramount Chiefs of Muok community Mr Malok Akot Wut and Paramount Chief of Thony community Mr Kuel Bang Nyang at Malual Muok village yesterday.

The conference which brought the two communities together after some youth from Muok community attacked the youth from Thony community at the same location during a conference organized by the Government peace committee led by Hon Mayik last year was addressed by cattle camp leaders, Chiefs, intellectuals and Government officials including the Former Governor of Tonj State Hon Akech Tong Aleu and Head of the Government Peace Committee Hon. Mayik Agoth.

Cattle camp leaders and Chiefs from Muok community who spoke at the conference regretted last year incident in which some Muok youth attacked Thony youth at a peace conference and promise not to allow this to happen again. Chiefs and cattle camp leaders from both sides held hands as a sign of peace and reconciliation.

This kind of spirit is possible because of several meetings and conferences including the Church facilitated ones prior to this conference.

Cattle raiders were identified as one of the main drivers of the conflict between the two communities. So cattle camp youth from both sides have agreed to create a buffer zone between the two communities in order to stop cattle thieves from crossing the borders with stolen cows.

The conference will end today with a very high hope that there will be a lasting peace not only between the two communities but among the five communities of Tonj South County namely Jurwiir, Year, Thony, Muok and Bongo.

Similar conferences are expected between Yar and Thony and between Jurwiir and Thony in the next few days.

Just like other parts of South Sudan the main drivers of the inter and intra-communal violence in Tonj South County is proliferation of small arms and lights weapons in the hands of civilians. There is therefore a need for disarmament but it must be done carefully and peacefully through cattle camp leaders and Chiefs.

I hope that the Government will listen to this advice and use peaceful approach to disarmament in order to avoid any lost of life as a result of confrontation between the army and the cattle camp youth.

It is my prayer and hope that these initiatives will bring a lasting peace not only between Muok and Thony communities but also among all the five communities of Tonj South County, all the communities of Warrap State and all the communities of South Sudan.
God bless South Sudan.
 

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