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Resolutions to curb livestock-related tensions agreed at the Rumbek Forum Hosted by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

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  Livestock raids and revenge attacks often carried out by the assaulted community claim the lives of many people in different parts of South Sudan Sometimes such skirmishes escalate making the conflicts larger and more deadly threatening the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement in the country To build trust and reduce tensions between communities in Rumbek Center Cueibet and Rumbek North counties the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS and its partners recently held a two day forum with relevant stakeholders Do not allow yourselves to be known as thieves or murderers A single thief can wreak havoc on an entire community Do not socialize with these people and report any theft you are aware of because only then will real peace prevail said Isaac Mayiek Nooi North Rumbek County Commissioner while calling on the state government to deploy troops to known hotspots to prevent both conflicts such as the unauthorized movement of livestock Some 80 forum participants including local authorities youth chiefs women and students discussed how conflicts affect schools and education the role of chiefs and youth in preventing clashes and how to resolve existing differences effectively friendly They also agreed to a number of resolutions including moving all cattle camps to the highlands keeping chiefs in their own camps reporting incidents of stolen cattle to the authorities and forming joint peace committees with members representing all three counties The government will support the implementation of these resolutions one hundred percent including training peace committees so they know how to coordinate their activities promised Chol Kuotwel Minister for Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies of Lakes State Khalif Farah UNMISS Civil Affairs Officer reiterated the peacekeeping mission s continued support for peace and conflict resolution initiatives He also stressed that progress has been made A year ago there was a lot of violence and murder but now two or more months can go by without anyone dying When I came to Rumbek in 2020 almost everyone used to carry a gun but not anymore he said The attendees agreed on the importance of women becoming more involved in community affairs and peacebuilding to encourage intercommunal marriages and prioritize education The forum was organized by the state Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies in collaboration with UNMISS Peace Canal and the Disabled Association for Rehabilitation and Development DARD two national non profit organizations that operate in the Lakes State
Resolutions to curb livestock-related tensions agreed at the Rumbek Forum Hosted by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

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Livestock raids and revenge attacks often carried out by the assaulted community claim the lives of many people in different parts of South Sudan.

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Sometimes such skirmishes escalate, making the conflicts larger and more deadly, threatening the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement in the country.

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To build trust and reduce tensions between communities in Rumbek Center, Cueibet and Rumbek North counties, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and its partners recently held a two-day forum with relevant stakeholders .

“Do not allow yourselves to be known as thieves or murderers.

A single thief can wreak havoc on an entire community.

Do not socialize with these people and report any theft you are aware of, because only then will real peace prevail,” said Isaac Mayiek Nooi, North Rumbek County Commissioner, while calling on the state government to deploy troops to known hotspots to prevent both.

conflicts such as the unauthorized movement of livestock.

Some 80 forum participants, including local authorities, youth, chiefs, women and students, discussed how conflicts affect schools and education, the role of chiefs and youth in preventing clashes, and how to resolve existing differences effectively.

friendly They also agreed to a number of resolutions, including moving all cattle camps to the highlands, keeping chiefs in their own camps, reporting incidents of stolen cattle to the authorities, and forming joint peace committees.

with members representing all three counties.

“The government will support the implementation of these resolutions one hundred percent, including training peace committees so they know how to coordinate their activities,” promised Chol Kuotwel, Minister for Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies of Lakes State.

Khalif Farah, UNMISS Civil Affairs Officer, reiterated the peacekeeping mission’s continued support for peace and conflict resolution initiatives.

He also stressed that progress has been made.

“A year ago there was a lot of violence and murder, but now two or more months can go by without anyone dying.

When I came to Rumbek in 2020, almost everyone used to carry a gun, but not anymore,” he said.

The attendees agreed on the importance of women becoming more involved in community affairs and peacebuilding, to encourage intercommunal marriages and prioritize education.

The forum was organized by the state Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies in collaboration with UNMISS, Peace Canal and the Disabled Association for Rehabilitation and Development (DARD), two national non-profit organizations that operate in the Lakes State.

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