AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - A community radio circuit for peace in the country torn by civil war

Thursday, 17 March 2016 peace  

Juba (Agenzia Fides) - A radio network to promote peace has been created by 12 community radio stations in South Sudan. Under this initiative, 45 "citizen journalists" will be trained to gather information to be provided to the radio stations of the respective States.
According to Radio Bakhita, which spread the news, the President of the initiative, Nobert Otieno, reminded the participants of their responsibilities, urging them not to accept bribes for spreading false information and to be professional in their work, drawing up accurate news in favor of the communities served by the respective radio.
Other radios will be added later to the network that has received the support of the European Union support, DW (Deutsche Welle) Akademie and UNESCO.
In South Sudan the fragile peace achieved with the agreements of August 2015 remains at risk. The former head of the rebellion, Riek Machar, appointed according to the agreement, First Vice President, has not yet taken office in the capital, Juba, awaiting the arrival of a contingent of men of his security.
The civil war which broke out in December 2013 resulted in thousands of deaths and millions of displaced persons in addition to incalculable material damage in a Country among the poorest in the world.
South Sudan, in addition to the main conflict involving President Selva Kiir and Machar, is crossed by a series of minor conflicts, and between sedentary populations and pastors, for the control of water sources and pasture.
A community radio network can help spread a culture of peace and mutual respect. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/03/2016)