“Peace Begins with Me” campaign kicks off in Juba, Terekeka counties

“Peace Begins with Me” campaign kicks off in Juba, Terekeka counties

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in collaboration with the National Ministry of Peace Building, launched a “Peace Begins with Me” campaign in cattle camps across the two counties of Juba and Terekeka.

UNMISS said it hopes to promote peaceful coexistence and reduce the repeated clashes between the two groups.

The first campaign event was held in Luri, and it targeted 350 participants from the Mundari communities.

The campaign was planned, organised, and funded by UNMISS’s Community Outreach Unit.

In a statement released yesterday, UNMISS said the initiative was set to be followed by similar exercises targeting farming communities to restore peace between men and women of crops and cattle, respectively.

A youth representative from Terekeka, Pitia Ajak, said peace could only be achieved if you practised and embraced it.

The representative of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commision (RJMEC) gave a comprehensive presentation of the status of the peace deal’s implementation.

The UNMISS Political Affairs Division laid out to the participants the political challenges that must be overcome to pave the way for elections to be held in 18 months’ time.

The Undersecretary of the National Ministry of Peace Building, Philip Pia, said the involvement of youth in building peace is very vital.

“We are committed to working with South Sudanese from all walks of life to advance peace efforts and assist in creating the conducive environment needed for holding free, fair, and credible elections,” Shantal Persaud, UNMISS’s Community Outreach Unit, said.