Talk, Listen To One Another: Archbishop

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul urges youth to cultivate a culture of talking and listening to one another. [Gurtong]

Bul challenges youth to deduce ways on how to improve cultures South Sudanese have that do not contribute to sustaining peace.

Speaking in a three day youth conference held in Juba from 21-23 February 2014 organized by Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), Bul said the culture of listening to one another the best tool of peacefully sorting out problems, a culture he pointed out lacks in the South Sudanese people.

Bul further called on the youth to also cultivate and promote the culture of “apology” and forgiveness. He said, these, are basic cultures that sustain and build peace in the community.

South Sudan, on December 15, 2013, was struck by a political turmoil that ran the country’s tranquility hostage. Violence that broke out in several military barracks in Juba later spread to several parts of the country.

The crisis broke out shortly when the country’s ruling party, SPLM, failed to reach consensus on several of its party issues during a National Liberation Council held in Juba.

According to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), close to one million people so far have been displaced by the conflict and over one thousand others were killed.

Despite cessation of hostilities agreement signed last month between rebels and government in an effort to end the violence, fresh fighting since last week has broke out in several parts of the country questioning the peace talks process brokered by IGAD in Addis Ababa.

The three day youth conference discussed on how young people can play a constructive role for peace and reconciliation in the fledgling nation. It brought together several youth representatives from the different ten states in the country.

In the course of the conference youth resolved on several mechanisms on how to participate in restoring and sustaining peace and stability back to the country.

Among the resolutions include; youth need to strengthen their unity, show example of truly inclusive efforts by working together across all communal and ideological differences.

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