South Sudan Initiative and the Workshop for Africa

Graduates from the Peace and Reconciliation Mobiliser training

AIMS:

To support the process of reconciliation and trustbuilding in South Sudan, Africa's newest nation.

CONTEXT:

In 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation after nearly 50 years war in which over two million died. Every family has suffered losses in the war, which has left deep divisions between the various ethnic groups and communities. But while the war with the north officially ended with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, a feeling of real peace is still illusive.

There is ongoing conflict on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, particularly over a disputed area, Abyei, and border regions where oil reserves are concentrated. Once the unifying force behind the struggle for independence dissipated, ethnic and inter-communal violence has also been on the rise.

OVERVIEW:

The initial effort focused on training for 200 ‘peace and reconciliation mobilisers’ from each State of South Sudan in April and May.

Initiatives of Change International is standing in readiness to support other national reconciliation efforts as they develop later in the year, if requested.

CONTACT:

Email the African Coordinating Group

LATEST NEWS:
Thursday, 08 May, 2014

The continuing crisis in South Sudan is a tragedy of massive proportions. An intervention is needed. We believe it can come from individuals courageous enough to move beyond sectional interests and search for the inspired response, motivated by the suffering of their fellow South Sudanese and the vision of a healed, renewed South Sudan. We appeal to leaders on both sides to show that statesmanship.

Wednesday, 08 January, 2014
A passionate appeal for lasting peace in South Sudan DVD

During three months last year Nigerian film-maker Dele Ajakaiye documented the 'Journey for national healing and reconciliation in South Sudan', in which Initiatives of Change was a partner. His wife, Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye, was Project Director for IofC International in its collaboration with the Office of President during the start of the project, which included the training of 200 'Peace and Reconciliation Mobilizers', some of whom are seen in this video. From this involvement, Dele produced this video message for the present crisis.