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AWEPA conducts conflict resolution seminar in war-torn South Sudan

7-8 October 2015

Dusty road through the bush in Mukaya Payam, Lainya county, Central Equatoria / Flickr: BBC World Service

Dusty road through the bush in Mukaya Payam, Lainya county, Central Equatoria / Flickr: BBC World Service

Yei County, South Sudan – In the framework of AWEPA’s programme “South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) and Local Councils”, AWEPA staff members Mr. John Simon Yokwe, Operations Manager, and Mr. Andrew Namara, Project Officer, facilitated a training workshop on Conflict Sensitivity and Awareness for the county councillors of Lainya County, on 7-8 October 2015. The training took place in Yei County for both strategic and security reasons.

AWEPA’s intervention aimed to sensitise the county councillors about the multiplicity and layers of conflict that can be identified. The training equipped the participants with the knowledge, mapping tools and approaches on how conflicts can be resolved peacefully and even avoided if the people of the country are to move and forge ahead as a united nation.Mindful of the challenges at hand regarding the various layers of conflict the country is grappling with, the workshop was presented in a user friendly way which would help the participants to appreciate the enormous responsibility of advocating for a stable, peaceful and united country.

Conflict sensitivity and awareness will enable our communities to resolve differences without any confrontational approach  ” Hon. Denis Ladu, Speaker of Lainya County Council.

The training aimed at increasing the councillors’ awareness, knowledge and sensitivity about conflicts and their consequences on all actors- be it the oppressors or oppressed in the social, political and economic spheres of their everyday activities. Having acquired the knowledge on conflict sensitivity and awareness, it is envisaged that the county councillors will be able to use their privileged positions to positively impact on conflict in challenging situations leading to stability and the harmonious co-existence of all communities in South Sudan.

Moreover, the internalisation of conflict-related issues will help councillors as county leaders to use their experiences, skills and competences to analyse and apply conflict management approaches in their leadership responsibilities and positions. This should therefore mitigate the dangers of confrontation, violence and the effects of human displacement on the society’s’ sociopolitical and economic harmonisation.