For about 25 years, South Sudan fought for independence. During this time, a generation grew up who learned to resolve conflicts with arms. In 2011, the country got its independence and the vast majority longed for peace. However, conflict resolution strategies between clans and tribes do not simply change by signing peace agreements.
In the east of DRC, people face bloodshed, looting and displacement since colonial times. Young people experience this violence increasingly as ‘normal’ since they have never experienced another reality.
In order to promote peace and healing in a multiple wounded society, schools, families and churches play an important role. These institutions shape young people with values. In both countries, churches are well trusted. They strengthen education in society and people seek their advice.
Since faith based institutions are tusted by local people, they are able to promote healing and reconciliation in a multiple wounded society.
Network East Africa supports the Church in the north west of South Sudan and the east of DRC to promote peace, healing and striving for justice.