“Peace promoter” and “Kaber de women”, a Pibor authorities initiative to sensitize youth to quit violence.
According to the Deputy Chief of Administrator, authorities in the Pibor Administrative Area have initiated a campaign to educate young people about the need to end all kinds of hostility.
According to John Abula Ojulu, the local authorities and partners have developed a team of peace ambassadors comprised of local chiefs, women’s organizations, youth groups, and church-based groups.
The group’s mission is to educate young people in villages and livestock camps about the dangers of cattle raiding and child abduction.
According to John Abula, the increase in violence is related to the high percentage of illiteracy among the area’s young people.
“We organized what we term peace promoters in Greater Pibor, and these peace promoters are in cattle camps sensitizing the young to renounce livestock raids and child abduction,” Abula explained in a publication seen by NCMP.
“We are continuing with that initiative, and we also have a group of ladies we call Kaber de women, who are peace ambassadors supporting us in the region, talking to youths about the dangers of these terrible habits.”
“Our program is primarily aimed at youth. And change does not happen overnight; it is a process, so we are trying, and I hope that everything will be reduced in the future.”
Since the beginning of the year, neighboring villages have accused some purported Pibor youngsters of aggressive behavior.
These include livestock raids, kidnappings, and multiple episodes of road ambushes, which crippled the transportation network and stymied relief delivery to the region.
Abula, on the other hand, claims that the peace programs have helped to reduce harmful behaviors among the local youth.