WELCOME TO THE VOICES OF SOUTH SUDAN.
These ‘voices’ are a collection of thoughts, opinions, and ideas expressed by various South Sudanese citizens and members of civil society and government bodies which Justice Africa has the pleasure of being privy to. They are by no means representative of the entire population or the plethora of viewpoints which exist, however, they provide interesting insights to some poignant issues which we felt ought to be made available to others. In some small way we offer these pages as a platform to the voices of ordinary South Sudanese to reach people they might not otherwise and whose thoughts might benefit the thinking of others interested on these topics.
“There is a saying there is no one who has nothing. If you have nothing at hand you have means to obtain it. If he has no mind to obtain it, go to the court to make him. If he doesn’t go and arrest him, put him in jail and release on promise of how he will pay and when”
REFLECTIONS ON ISSUES OF JUSTICE
REFLECTIONS ON THE IGAD PEACE PROCESSINTRODUCTION
The following statements are a collection of remarks made by members of civil society, religious communities and academia as they discussed and evaluated the IGAD peace process that took place after the December 2013 civil war took place during a meeting that took place in Juba.
“South Sudan is landlocked. We need to recognise the interconnectivity in the region within any solution. The cost of war affects the whole region. Stop looking at our neighbours as waiting to loot us. The region is not anti-South Sudan. Stop thinking that way. They see us as a baby that needs to be supported. Don’t cry out. Why are you becoming a victim? If you call yourself a victim people will take advantage of you.” – Representative of Academia in South Sudan
VOICES FROM CIVIL SOCIETYON INVENTING NEW SPACES IN A COMPLEX SOUTH SUDAN FOR THE CIVIL SOCIETY
“As civil society activists our space is continuously shrinking and our voices are going down. How can we find strength in each other and keep giving hope to people? Things that are discussed here should lead to a strategy that allows us to hear the voices of SS, raise those voices, and give them hope.”
“[The peace agreement is] focusing on the opposition, but the security in South Sudan in general is not addressed. We have a lot of opposition in South Sudan, but the agreement only addresses SPLA-IO. We have many small defection groups [militias] plus Western Equatorian groups – they are not captured. I am quite sure that these groups will continue, including cattle keepers [who conduct raids].” – WBG government representative
VOICES OF SOUTH SUDANESE WOMENSOUTH SUDANESE WOMEN MEET TO PREPARE FOR PEACE CONFERENCE
The intention of the conference was to bring women from different ethnic communities together to bridge divides that the war in South Sudan had opened between, to work towards reconciliation, and to create a basis for promoting peace. The following collection of voices was captured as the women discussed their experiences and planned the conference.
“One woman’s sister experienced the following: She was five months pregnant. The rebels broke into her house and raped her
(7 men). The baby came out. If she were to refuse, those people would have killed her. There were some three women who stay with her at home; they were killed because they refused to have sex with them. For she was praying in her heart there that these men should leave her alive.”