Musicians To Honour Fallen Heroes As They Promote Peace In Jonglei

Peter Gerang Ngarjok also known as Southern Boy, said that the association lacks enough resources to support the peace initiatives at the counties.[Jacob Achiek Jok]

Peter Gerang Ngarjok also known as Southern Boy said this festive season they are working on remembering the fallen heroes who fought for the liberation of the country.

“Though it was written during the martyrs that they did not die in vain is the same way that we are trying also to remember them,” Ngarjok said.

He said they should keep remembering them as time goes and they will make this event as continuous in Jonglei state.

“Under my capacity as the secretary of South Sudanese Musicians we have the way of extending this event to all the ten states and because we have no access, we cannot manage to go up to the grassroots level due to lack of financial issues in the association,” he said.

Ngarjok said that the state headquarters can get their initiatives extended by words of mouth to the grassroots level until a time they will be able to move to the grassroots level.

“We are trying to make sure everyone in south Sudan get information as South Sudanese Association of Musicians,” he said.

He says that the association lacks enough resources to support the peace initiatives at the counties.

“It is very difficult like for me personally I know if I have no income I will not afford it to come from Juba to Jonglei state and this is the same thing facing musicians of Jonglei state that we cannot come together and do things and fight this pandemic,” he said.

The team plans to talk to the state governor if there is a possibility to be given a helicopter to move around the counties and spread peace message to the grassroots.

Jonglei state is one of the states in South Sudan considered to be a volatile since the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) people have been engaged themselves in cattle rustling and children abduction.

Last year, tribal conflict between Murle and Lou-Nuer resulted to displacement of about 15,000 people in Likuongole area.

This year the people of Jonglei state where about to achieve peace but was interrupted by renegade David Yau Yau who rebel against the government and attacked the South Sudan army in Pibor County.

After losing out on a seat in April 2010 elections, Yau Yau rebelled against Juba’s government, but accepted an amnesty in June 2011. He later returned to rebellion in April.

Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned a string of reported abuses — including shootings, torture and rape — as security forces crack down on those seen to support the rebels.

More than 2,600 people have been killed in Jonglei in the past 18 months, according to the United Nations.

Over 600 people were massacred in Jonglei’s Pibor area after an 8,000-strong militia force went on the rampage last December, according to UN, although local officials reported the figure to have been even higher.

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