Civili Affairs holds Conflict Management Workshop with IDPs from Mahad
United Nations Mission in South Sudan Civil Affairs Division holds a Conflict Management Forum with Internally Displaced Persons sheltering at Mahad Primary School, held under the theme "The Role of Women in Community Dialogue and Mediation".
It is almost one year since CAD conducted a conflict management workshop for three ethnic groups; Dinka, Murle and Anyuak hosted as IDPs at Mahad Primary School in Juba. These were part of thousands of people that were displaced from their homes following the outbreak of violence on 15th December 2013.
The “open gate” policy implemented by UNMISS within the spirit of offering protection to civilians under imminent threats, provided safety to big numbers of IDPs who sought refuge in UNMISS compounds, including Juba bases. Beyond UNMISS gates, there were 2,415 registered IDPs hosted at Mahad Juba Primary School in 2014.
CAD conducted a workshop in order to avert ethnic tensions that characterized their lives. The capacity of the leaders to manage conflicts peacefully was strengthened, with positive results seen in enhanced co-existence and more coordination meetings between the leaders of IDPs, RRC and NGOs.
However, the Mahad IDPs are now facing new challenges, namely the arrivals of more people from the areas affected by recent fighting such as Melut in Upper Nile State and also the five hundred and sixty (560) returnees from Kenya and Uganda.
The current scenario is unique in the sense that women and girls play a critical role in instigating new waves of conflicts in the IDP site. CAD’s analysis revealed that while the last year’s workshop (2014) yielded positive results as mentioned here-above, the involvement of women remained at the edge of the peace process.
It is from this perspective that CAD CES and the IDP leadership planned to conduct another conflict management workshop in which the role of women will be illuminated not only for short term conflict prevention, management and resolution but act as long vision for inclusive peace process in which women’s role will be fully recognized. Thus enhancement of integration and co-existence among IDPs becomes the conveyer belt for sustainable peace beyond the IDP life.