Peace and reconciliation workshop concludes in Warrap State
South Sudan's Warrap state government and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) conducted a two-day training on the importance of peace and reconciliation in Kuajok town on Monday.
The training which brought 80 participants including chiefs from all counties of Tonj East, Tonj North and Tonj South, Twic and Gogrial counties ended yesterday.
Its main aim was to enhance peace and tranquility among the communities of Lou Paher, Luachjang, and Thiik who have been fighting each other since last year.
Warrap State Governor, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, while addressing the participants urged his people to embrace peace which would allow infrastructural development including roads, schools, and health facilities to take place.
Mary Angara, one of the participants, said she came from Marial Lou to attend the training and urged the three communities to embrace peaceful coexistence.
Another participant, Ayak Ater, appreciated UNMISS and said, "We need peace, fighting every day can't take us anywhere. If you don't need peace, then you are not born by a woman. We pray to God to bring us peace."
Tonj East County commissioner John Deng Kok said the participants agreed to preach peace to their communities.
"During the presentation of the root causes of the conflict, the communities agreed to embrace peace and take peace home. The current chiefs and cattle camp leaders understood that conflict was not beneficial and they have appealed to the government to provide military forces to help county commissioners to restore peace," he said.