Jonglei State authorities undertake discussions to defuse tensions between Ayod and Nyirol.
Jonglei State government officials are hosting a series of peace rallies and talks in portions of Ayod County in an effort to deescalate increasing tensions and the potential of inter-communal violence there.
In recent weeks, the security situation in Ayod and Nyirol counties has been tight, with livestock raids between rival teenagers from the two counties. Countless people have been killed as a result of the relentless cycles of violence.
Jonglei State Trade and Industry Minister Kassara Riek Tiop explained on Monday that they are in Ayod to persuade competing communities to stop fighting.
“We began our meetings and rallies with youngsters, community leaders, and county authorities to prevent them from retaliating,” he stated. “From Ayod town, we will go to Wau, Mogog, and Pagil to rally for peace as well.”
Minister Riek said that the festivities are being held in advance of a scheduled peace summit between the competing groups.
“Following these marches, a meeting will be organized to reconcile the two communities.” Similar demonstrations, led by government officials from the state and county, are also staged in Nyirol,” he continued.
Ayod County Commissioner James Chuol Jiek praised the state administration for launching the peace project, saying it would assist restore peace.
“As a Gawar community, we must agree among ourselves to put an end to violence with our Lou Nuer neighbors, which is why these peace rallies are being conducted,” he stated.
Wicjong Biel Jang, the Pagil head chief, for his part, stated that they are ready for peace and that they would engage all opposing youngsters to stop fighting.
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