Community leaders in South Sudan’s greater Kapoeta region in Eastern Equatoria State held consultative meetings on peace with neighbouring communities in Payams on the periods between 19th and 24th November 2020.
The dialogue in Nadapal border town was attended by 50 community leaders including six observers from Eastern Equatoria State.
Speaking to communities and gathering Member of the Legislative Assembly Peter Lobei addressed participants during the consultative meeting in Kapoeta East, the Chairperson of Peace and Reconciliation Commission said the dialogue focused on how to end cattle raids and child abductions.
‘’It also focuses on how to minimize crimes and how to cooperate to apprehend the criminals who normally cause alarming situations at the grassroots level,” he said.
The government official emphasized the need for peace and reconciliation between communities in greater Kapoeta, he urged community leaders in Eastern Equatoria to embrace peace.
The event was supported by the UNDP. The pastoralist Toposa from Buya and their Didinga neighbours in Kapoeta East have for years been involved in cattle raids and child abductions. Several agreements aimed at ending the conflict could not hold.
The issues of sharing resources were raised and the two communities agreed that it’s very important to share, while monitoring and copying with the standards in place to see the peace agreement as success.
Child marriage and cattle raids dominated the discussion.