CEPO Organises Peace And Reconciliation Dialogue Between Pakam And Rup Communities
Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, CEPO and Western Lakes State government with support from Saferworld on Wednesday organized a peace and reconciliation dialogue between the Pakam and displaced community of Rup in Malek County.
Community Empowerment for Progress Organization during an interview with Gurtong in Rumbek [Photo by Mabor Riak]
By Mabor Riak Magok
RUMBEK, 03 February 2017 [Gurtong]-CEPO’s Coordinator, Isaac Majier Majok urged the community of Pakam during the meeting in Malek to continue welcoming the community of Rup who have been displaced from the area for nearly four years out of their original land.
Mr. Isaac Majier also urged the international and national organizations and the government of Western Lakes State to intervene in assisting and providing the needs of the community of Malek who have been displaced and lost their properties during the aftermath of the inter-communal conflict between the Pakam and Rup community.
“ CEPO in its capacity has participated in mobilizing necessary resources to transport a good number of the displaced community of Rup of Malek back to their original land and they are now in Malek.” Said Isaac Majier.
Majier said that there is need for quick intervention to help the displaced with the basic necessities.
“Only four hand pumps in the area have been repaired but it is not engought while many of the returnees are sleeping under trees in an open place. There is need for quick intervention to support them with shelters and food items.”
The inter-communal violence between Pakam , Kuei and Rup community broke out in 2013 in Luak-cok cattle between the Amothnhom and Beer section but later was joined by Pakam community of Rumbek North County fighting along Kuei community.
The four year inter-communal violence between Kuei, Pakam and Rup of Agaar community has left hundreds of people dead while displacing many others.