Programs and Initiatives

South Sudan

Equipping the diaspora to build peace

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.

A Journey to heal South Sudan

 

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.

 

Program News

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27-Jul-2019

On South Sudan's 8th birthday, David Vincent wonders if the absence of celebrations in Juba is due to lack of resources, or deep despair.

04-Apr-2019

Basketball turned Mayor Chagai's life around.

14-Feb-2019

Emerging leaders from the South Sudanese community around Australia explored ways they can cooperate to help bring peace to South Sudan, at a four-

31-Aug-2018

More than 50 women from the South Sudan community in Melbourne came together to hear guest speakers and discuss common issues of mental health, inn

04-Jul-2018

Seventy South Sudanese and Sudanese church leaders met at Armagh, the IofC centre in Melbourne, in a quest for unity and peace.

08-Apr-2018

A South Sudan women's conference marks International Women's Day