This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
Speaking during the ongoing governors’ forum in Juba, Hilde F. Johnson said that with the number of critical milestones ahead such as the formation of the new constitution, the census, and the 2015 elections, the country is at a crossroads in so many ways.
“In such an important phase, nothing is more important than National reconciliation. It is through healing the wounds of the past – that one can deal with the challenges of the present – and build a future for the country,” Hilde said.
She reiterated the support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in boosting the process, saying; “we can support the reconciliation process but the job is first and foremost your own – South Sudanese.”
“It is also through this process, and that of the constitution, that South Sudan can become one – where every citizen – and politician – every leader in this country, is not primarily a representative of a community, but South Sudanese first and foremost,” she said. “Where your fantastic diversity becomes an asset, and not a threat, and where unity in diversity becomes a reality.”
She stressed that; “nothing is more important at this juncture than National reconciliation and healing. The President has taken many steps in this direction, with amnesty to many, pardoning many more – and with establishing the reconciliation process. But much more needs to be done – on all fronts.”
The reconciliation process was controversially initiated early this year led by the former Vice President Dr Riek Machar and later transferred to the leadership of the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) Daniel Deng Bull has attracted several questions on when its success will be realized.