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Peace and reconciliation in South Sudan — but how?

O. Hannington
The Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation trains about 80 women and men from all the ten states of South Sudan and Abyei in peace building.
13.10.2014  |  Yei
Chairpersons of the National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation Committee from all the ten states and from Abyei pose for a picture in Yei, October 3.
Chairpersons of the National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation Committee from all the ten states and from Abyei pose for a picture in Yei, October 3.

As peace negotiations between South Sudan’s warring parties drag on in Ethiopia, and amid a worsening man-made humanitarian catastrophe, people from all realms of life have started initiatives aimed at bringing peace to South Sudan.

Whilst the spotlight is on the peace negotiations in Ethiopia, Friederike Bubenzer from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa, says the negotiations are not a holistic approach that will bring lasting peace, healing and reconciliation.

She believes the peace process has to be based on the people at the grassroots level and not the political elites who fight for their own reasons.

Ochan Hannington reports: