Discovering how 'peace begins with me'
Ethnic divisions are still a source of tension in Australia’s South Sudanese communities. In the fledgling nation, such divisions have led to killings and much trauma. The South Sudanese diaspora has the potential to become powerful advocates for healing and reconciliation, and many seek to contribute to peace.
IofC Australia facilitates this work in partnership with South Sudanese community leaders, through initiatives such as a South Sudanese women’s conference, and the South Sudan - Australia Peace Initiative (SSAPI), a network of South Sudanese Australians and other supportive Australians who are committed to building peace.
As a peacebuilding team and as individuals, we ask ourselves the following questions:
- What can I do as a person to help build peace amongst South Sudanese?
- Can I/we stop blaming other clans and be open to a new, honest dialogue?
- How can I, my family, clan, community, tribe look for what responsibility we have in perpetuating the conflict?
South Sudan - Australia Peace Initiative
The South Sudan - Australia Peace Initiative (SSAPI) is a network of South Sudanese Australians and other supportive Australians who are committed to building peace. This initiative started in January 2012 as a relationship between two people, Nyok Gor & Peter Kaka, whose different ethnic communities have been involved in a cycle of tribal conflicts for long time in South Sudan.
See more about their reconciliation and joint work.
Members of this network have participated directly in efforts to build healing and reconciliation in South Sudan. In 2013, several members volunteered to assist the initiative of the Government of South Sudan to launch a ‘Journey of Healing for National Reconciliation’, in which IofCA was a partner.