A message of peace and reconciliation on the 3rd anniversary of the South Sudanese civil war
December 15, 2016 (SSB) — During the outbreak of the South Sudan conflict in December 2013, and its most recent resurgence in July 2016, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, thousand have fled to neighbouring countries while others have sought refuge in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) camps across the country.
Applauding the tolerance demonstrated by the people of South Sudan, who continue to endure immense hardships worsened by the security, social and economic challenges.
Denouncing the rise in hate speech and incitement perpetrated by members of the South Sudanese community within the country and those in Diaspora in different media outlets especially social media.
Acknowledging the gross atrocities and crimes committed against the citizens of this land, such as rape, targeted and ethnic killings, looting of property, gutting of villages among others.
Emphasizing the need to expedite the formation of the hybrid court to hold accountable the perpetrators of these injustices as key to paving the way for lasting peace and reconciliation.
Appreciating all efforts exerted by the stakeholders of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in The Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS) and its resultant peace process including, government, opposition, civil society, the international community and the citizens.
Realizing the importance of the call for national dialogue echoed across the political divide, the need to ensure a safe space where citizens and other stakeholders alike can freely express themselves cannot be over emphasized.
Anataban calls for the silencing of guns to ensure a conducive environment for fruitful dialogue, reiterating the need for the inclusion of youth, women and other sectors of the South Sudan society to guarantee all voices are expressed, most so the voice of those at grass root level.
Further urging the South Sudanese to take up ownership of our current situation, and stressing the need to play our roles in our various individual capacities and contribute to upholding the dignity of the people of South Sudan.
‘A community of young South Sudanese creatives who are tired of seeing our people suffer’.
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