Northern Bhar El Ghazal Internal Province Launched Justice Peace and Reconciliation Commission’s Strategic Plan Workshop

By Rev Zechariah Dut Kuot

Archbishop Moses leads the sessionWau, 16, April 2018 The Justice Peace and Reconciliation Commission of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Northern Bahr El Ghazal Internal Province successfully conducted a three day Strategic Plan workshop in Wau Diocese on Tuesday 16the –Thursday 19th April 2018.

The workshop was aiming to identify the issues that are causing and driving the conflict in NBGIP and South Sudan as whole.

The workshop was attended by 30participants five from each of the five Dioceses that form the province namely Wau, Aweil, Abyei, Gogrial and Tonj and five from the Provincial Administration. The people targeted were Diocesan JPRC Coordinators, Mothers Union Coordinators, and Youth Leaders, Development Coordinators and Diocesan Administrative Secretaries or Bishops. At the Provincial level the workshop was attended by the Mothers Union Leader, Youth leader, Mission and Evangelism Coordinator, Acting Provincial Administrative Secretary and Provincial Development Coordinator.

Discussing important mattersThe workshop was facilitated by His Grace, The Most Rev Moses Deng Bol Archbishop of Northern Bahr El Ghazal Internal Province and Bishop of the Diocese of Wau

The impact of this workshop was that the participants were able to identify the types and causes of conflicts at national and regional levels which include, power struggles, land and border issues, cattle rustling, pastoralists vs farmers conflict, bride price, breakdown of law and order, proliferation of small arms and light weapons among others. Those gathered at the meeting also came up with the strategic plan on how to address those causes of conflict in the next two years (2018-2020) which includes, spreading the word of God, community disarmament of civilians,  facilitating community leaders and youth leaders peace conferences, civic education,  drama and talk shows, reduction of bride price, training of Police, Chiefs and Judges among others.

The participants of the 2018 JPRC workshopThe participants thanked His Grace the Most Rev Moses Deng Bol for facilitating the workshop successfully and to the donors for their generous support toward achieving a suitable peace in South Sudan.

Archbishop Deng thanked and appreciate all the participants who came from the five dioceses of Northern Bhar Ghazal Internal Province for contributing their ideas. He prayed for God’s protection up on them as they return to their respective dioceses as he also concluded the workshop with words of prayer and blessing.