Video: DCA spreads messages of peace in South Sudan
DanChurchAid has invested in an innovative program using digital audio players to disseminate messages of peace and promote harmony between and among cattle-keeping communities across South Sudan
When Yuwan Pitia’s older brother wanted to marry, he needed a sizeable amount of cows to pay the bride’s dowry, following local tradition. Under great duress, he decided to take Yuwan’s cows, sparking what could have been a deadly brotherly conflict. This is a common occurrence in South Sudan, where livestock form micro-economies around which entire communities coalesce, and a land in which cattle are culturally revered by many of its citizens. Tens of lives are lost each month in these violent struggles over assets and power within and between communities, with 87 deaths resulting from cattle theft—known locally as cattle raiding—officially registered in April 2015 alone. Amid widespread civil conflict in the country, these localized conflicts serve to raise already-high tensions. Absent a clear voice for peace, DanChurchAid has invested in an innovative program using digital audio players to disseminate messages of peace and promote harmony between and among cattle-keeping communities across the country, like Yuwan’s in Terekeka County, Central Equatoria State.