SOUTH SUDAN / MUNDARI PEACE INITIATIVES

18-Jan-2022 00:04:17
During a three-day peace and reconciliation conference recently concluded in Juba, South Sudan, Jeriel Francis, Minister of Peace Building of Central Equatoria State, said, “we must aspire to start writing a positive history about ourselves.” UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MUNDARI PEACE INITIATIVES
TRT: 04:17
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 13 JANUARY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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13 JANUARY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, Mundari delegates
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeriel Francis, Minister of Peace Building of Central Equatoria State:
“We must aspire to start writing a positive history about ourselves. We must start dreaming and dreaming together, for us to develop a people-centred road map for Terekeka to give a direction of hope for the coming generations.”
3. Various shots, Mundari delegates, UNMISS staffs
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, UNMISS Head of Field Office:
“I have a request for my brothers and sisters of the Mundari communities. You have to take a moment now to ask yourselves what actually you need. You may have to ask yourselves what is absolutely dividing you? What actually you need, and what is the vision for your future generation? We have several peace initiatives and reconciliation activities among the Mundari communities now, but once it is happening, I also request that you also have to respect others.”
5. Various shots, Mundari delegates, religious leaders
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Paul Yukusuk, Internal Archbishop of Central Equatoria State:
“The church has come in to supervise and to help them attain peace. Therefore, I call upon specially the intellectuals, and the MPs, people who are representatives of the Mundari community that let us give peace a chance. Let us be part of this, by all means let us be part of the implementation of the resolutions of the conference. I am asking the Mundari people to own this. It is their peace.”
7. Various shots, Mundari delegates, Members of South Sudan Parliament
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abud Ladu, Mundari representative:
“We should live in unity as we used to do in the past. They used to call us Mundari. People must live in unity. We need to stay as one community.”
9. Various shots, Mundari delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Juma Wilson Kila, Deputy Chair of Tali Community:
“Let’s now think about the development of Terekeka County so that we forget the past and then we start the new year with a new heart, with a new life so that our Mundari will progress.”
11. Various shots, Mundari delegates, Members of South Sudan Parliament
STORYLINE
During a three-day peace and reconciliation conference recently concluded in Juba, South Sudan, Jeriel Francis, Minister of Peace Building of Central Equatoria State, said, “we must aspire to start writing a positive history about ourselves.”

The gathering, co-organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), brought together key stakeholders to address a long-standing, mostly cattle-related violent conflicts in Mundari, Central Equatoria State.

As a result of violence in Terekeka County, neighbouring Lainya County has seen an influx of cattle and their owners, leading to conflicts over scarce resources.

UNMISS is stepping up efforts to help end fighting among communities in Terekeka, not least by supporting local authorities and church leaders in trying to stop the proliferation of small arms among civilians by means of voluntary disarmament.

Geetha Pious, UNMISS Head of Field Office, said “we have several peace initiatives and reconciliation activities among the Mundari communities now.”

Religious leaders are playing a significant role in facilitating the peace process, providing safe spaces for conversation between contending communities in Terekeka County. Speaking during the forum, Dr. Paul Yukusuk, Internal Archbishop of Central Equatoria State urged the Mundari community to live in peace and reconcile with each other.

Among the resolutions to be implemented are hefty fines and up to five years behind bars for both cattle raiders and those who hide them were agreed on at the conference. Empowering customary courts, chiefs and other authorities to carry out their duties more effectively is another key resolution to achieve much-needed unity.

Juma Wilson Kila, Deputy Chair of the Tali Community said “let’s start the new year with a new heart, with a new life so that our Mundari will progress.”

Representatives from the ten districts of Terekeka County signed the peace agreement with its final resolutions, promising to turn words into action, and tensions into intercommunal harmony.
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