South Sudan may be the world’s youngest country, but the region has a long and turbulent history of conflict – and of peace. In the absence of formal governance, traditional processes to resolve conflict have held society together.
Viola is from Yambio County, South Sudan. Four months ago, she started volunteering with the Self-Help Women Development Association (SHWDA), which works in five counties affected by the Lords Resistance Army.
Work has begun on a new Conciliation Resources project, which aims to increase women’s participation in local, national and cross-border peacebuilding efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.
The year has begun with the news of Dominic Ongwen’s surrender. This is a major step towards the end of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). However, the region is still facing grave security and political challenges, including the still active LRA. This edition of Voice of Peace exposes the troubling reality of the region.
Radio France International’s Laura Angela Bagnetto speaks to Father Mark Kumbonyaki, the focal person for the LRA Information Interchurch committee in Yambio, who outlines challenges LRA returnees face in South Sudan.
In the last three months, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) released 120 long-term captives. This remarkable shift in the LRA’s behaviour raises important questions about the reasons why and the way in which international and local actors should respond.