Nuer (Naath) Youth Community in Kenya welcomes commencement of peace implementation

22nd December, 2015
Press release

Nairobi, December 22, 2015 (SSNA) — The Nuer community in Kenya welcomes the commencement of the implementation phase of the Compromise Peace Agreement signed in August this year. We congratulate the SPLM-IO for the bold decision they took to travel to Juba and we also appreciate the good gesture shown by Kiir’s group in welcoming the SPLM-IO official in Juba. All citizens of South Sudan including the Nuer community look up to the government and the SPLM-IO with high expectations that they will bring peace and stop the suffering. Hope and dreams of many South Sudanese have been shattered by the two-year long conflict.

We urge the government and the SPLM-IO to continue implementing the formation of the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) in good faith and as per the timetable of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC). This senseless war has cost Nuer community thousands of lives. We bore a great burden of this war and having felt how miserable it was to lose a family member, we would not want to make any other family miserable in South Sudan. We have swallowed our sorrow, our grievances and our tears in order to give peace a chance; and we hope the government and the SPLM-IO will not take this for granted.

We, as a community, will be happy to see that the peace we purchased with the precious blood of our loved one is a peace that has a meaning on every South Sudanese’s life; a peace that rekindles hope for every person in South Sudan. We have chosen to forgive before our wounds heal because the fate of that Country is at stake. If one loves his country, he’s willing to do anything for it. That is why we chose peace over revenge.

We call on all frontlines, whether in Upper Nile, Equatoria or Bahr El Ghazel, to silence the gun. We also urge the two parties to start moving their forces to the agreed cantonment areas as soon as possible and give rooms to Humanitarian aid to reach the suffering population of IDPs.

May God Bless South Sudan!!

Kuach Tutkuay
Chairman, Nuer Community in Kenya
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