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Warring communities in Ikotos County move forward on their journey to lasting peace

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  A four month conflict between the Chorokol and Ikotos communities came to an end after a church mediated peace dialogue Our people have now resumed movements on the road to Ikotos City Until recently it was not possible due to insecurity said Loholong James a youth leader in Chorokol During a week long integrated field visit to the affected villages conducted by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan the United Nations Development Programme the World Food Program and the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Mechanism Ceasefire and Transitional Security Agreements CTSAMVM locals informed visitors about the impact of enjoying peace in the area Before the reconciliation dialogue tensions had worsened between the communities due to disagreements over livestock revenge attacks and targeted killings which claimed more than 20 lives including that of an aid worker The two day forum in August organized by the South Sudan Council of Churches and its partners aimed to end the cycle of violence and saw participants agree on 31 resolutions as guiding principles to maintain stability That initiative arose as a result of another retreat organized for politicians from the area which focused on identifying the root causes of the dispute Security in Ikotos City and surrounding villages has stabilized and life has returned to normal Today many of those who fled their homes are returning which in turn is boosting trade Now we are seeing that the prices of goods are going down We used to buy a jar of sorghum for 1 000 South Sudanese pounds but with the return of peace now it costs 700 said Sabina Celia representative of a women s group in Ikotos town To prevent a recurrence of violence community members are expected to make a final commitment to keep the peace in mid October Although we have not reached the point of absolute reconciliation the current situation indicates that people are eagerly waiting for this newfound peace to be maintained said Isoke Parish Father Peter Ben Louis For H rcules Ayahu Abalu Civil Affairs Officer of the peacekeeping mission and part of the delegation that traveled to the area finding peaceful alternatives to resolve conflicts is crucial We have come to follow up on your well being and encourage you to continue fostering the relative harmony that you have established between yourselves since our last visit he told the community members he met
Warring communities in Ikotos County move forward on their journey to lasting peace

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A four-month conflict between the Chorokol and Ikotos communities came to an end after a church-mediated peace dialogue.

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“Our people have now resumed movements on the road to Ikotos City. Until recently, it was not possible due to insecurity,” said Loholong James, a youth leader in Chorokol.

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During a week-long integrated field visit to the affected villages, conducted by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Food Program and the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Mechanism Ceasefire and Transitional Security Agreements (CTSAMVM), locals informed visitors about the impact of enjoying peace in the area.

Before the reconciliation dialogue, tensions had worsened between the communities due to disagreements over livestock, revenge attacks and targeted killings, which claimed more than 20 lives, including that of an aid worker.

The two-day forum in August, organized by the South Sudan Council of Churches and its partners, aimed to end the cycle of violence and saw participants agree on 31 resolutions as guiding principles to maintain stability.

That initiative arose as a result of another retreat organized for politicians from the area, which focused on identifying the root causes of the dispute.

Security in Ikotos City and surrounding villages has stabilized and life has returned to normal.

Today, many of those who fled their homes are returning, which in turn is boosting trade.

“Now we are seeing that the prices of goods are going down.

We used to buy a jar of sorghum for 1,000 South Sudanese pounds, but with the return of peace now it costs 700,” said Sabina Celia, representative of a women’s group in Ikotos town.

To prevent a recurrence of violence, community members are expected to make a final commitment to keep the peace in mid-October.

“Although we have not reached the point of absolute reconciliation, the current situation indicates that people are eagerly waiting for this newfound peace to be maintained,” said Isoke Parish Father Peter Ben Louis.

For Hércules Ayahu Abalu, Civil Affairs Officer of the peacekeeping mission and part of the delegation that traveled to the area, finding peaceful alternatives to resolve conflicts is crucial.

“We have come to follow up on your well-being and encourage you to continue fostering the relative harmony that you have established between yourselves since our last visit,” he told the community members he met.

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