Youth in Adjumani district have launched a platform to foster peaceful co-existence between South Sudan refugees and host communities in West Nile sub region. The I am Peace platform seeks to promote peaceful engagement, alternative dispute resolution and integration of South Sudan refugees.
Youth in Adjumani district have launched a platform to foster peaceful co-existence between South Sudan refugees and host communities in West Nile sub region.
The “I am Peace” platform seeks to promote peaceful engagement, alternative dispute resolution and integration of South Sudan refugees.
The platform is teaming up with Best for Best (B4B) Logistics, a community youth led project based in Adjumani district to mobilise refugees to disregard religious and tribal differences and embrace each other.
Tony Mani, the director of B4B Logistics says the platform will be launched to the public on December 22nd during a unity run bringing together the two communities in Adjumani town.
Mani says former world athletics champion Dorcus Inzikuru is expected to grace the launch that will also feature a peace concert by local artistes from within host communities and South Sudan refugees.
Mani says they are consulting Uganda athletics Federation to design a 10-kilometre run through some of the refugee settlements in Adjumani districts to mobilise refugees to live in harmony with their host communities.
Samuel Kenyi Lupai, the team leader of “I am peace” says the platform has been prompted by the bad blood between host communities and South Sudan refugees living in the area.
Lupai says host communities have on several occasions attacked humanitarian organisations who are serving South Sudan refugees in the area accusing them of marginalisation in job recruitment and service delivery.
He says to rebuild the relationship strained by the attacks, “I Am Peace” will organise sports activities, peace dialogues and charity events to unify the two communities.
The platform hopes to mobilise enough financial resources to support refugee communities to find services at Adjumani Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
There are more than 17 refugee settlements in Adjumani district hosting different ethnic groups from South Sudan. There are at least two million refugees living in Northern Uganda since fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Dr Riek Machar.
Michael Ojok is a multi-channel reporter based in Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is interested in humanitarian stories, culture, conflict, peace, environment, health and education.