Jonglei State’s leader is not optimistic about ending communal violence triggered by cattle raiding and child abduction in his area.
He expressed concern that it is impossible to resolve the conflict unless the government develops hospitals, schools, and roads in the villages.
Today (Monday), delegates from Jonglei and Pibor Administrative Area commenced a two-day conference hoping to end the conflict that had taken years unresolved.
Several peace talks and resolutions were agreed upon in the past but couldn’t stop the two communities’ bloodshed.
Cattle raiding, abduction of children, and revenged killing had been significant issues that prolong the conflict.
Hon: Denay Jock Chagor, the Governor of Jonglei State, said the armed youth would lay down guns if there are calls for employments at their villages to make development and peace prevail.
“It is difficult for somebody who grows up herding cattle to stop doing cattle raiding while there is not any mean of development in their village, nothing. And now we are telling them, you lay down your guns, and sit down do nothing. That’s not possible,” says Chagor.
The Greater Pibor Administrative Area leader, Joshua Konyi, said the conflict has killed many people and called the armed youth to accepted peace with their neighbors.
“Unfortunately, always the peace conferences between Pibor and Jonglei failed, but why. Most failed because they were always being conducted in the city by the politicians who sit and resolve, not those in the conflict in the areas. Now we brought those involved in the fight, and the chiefs”, Konya said.
Vice President for Economic Cluster, Dr. James Wani Igga, who is also the chairperson of the High-Level Committee on Jonglei Peace dialogue, has called for an end to the violence between Jonglei communities and Pibor.
Wani directed the chiefs to mobilize the raided cattle’s return, abducted children and women between the two communities.
“We come to a stop the bloodshed, for the killing of innocent children, women, and killing off old people who do not take part (in the conflict),” says James.
Igga further stated that special forces would be deployed at Gading, the border of Jonglei and Pibor, to monitor suspects and prevent crimes.