‘Our Peace’: A Forum of Grassroots and National Actors Seeks to Move Forward the Revitalised Peace Agreement

10/7/2019

At a hotel in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, small groups of men and women – in dozens – gather around conference tables.

“The people know that the peace agreement has been signed, but they do not know what the peace agreement is all about, and they want services,” says Hakim Paride from Torit to his tablemates.

Hakim is one of the participants – about 60 of them – at a three-day forum which kicked off on Tuesday, drawing people from across the country.

Prominent among them are political, traditional and religious leaders. But the civil society, displaced communities, women and youth are there, too, completing a cocktail of representation from the grassroots and national levels – exactly what participants at this “Our Peace” forum are trying to achieve: inclusive and active participation of all these actors in peacebuilding in Africa’s youngest state.

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