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