The national armed conflict, coupled with negative cultural practices of cattle raiding and inter/intra tribal/communal, as well as revenge conflicts over scarce resources - water and pasture during dry season - are the main causes of loss of thousands of lives, properties/livelihoods and displacement of people in the conflict affected states and pastoralist communities. The combined causes and effects of the conflicts resulted in hatred, political instability, lack of peaceful co-existence, poverty, food insecurity and economic crisis in the country.
To ensure peaceful coexistence, promote wellbeing, resilience and fight extreme inequality among men and women in the target communities, DCA is supporting implementing partners working with community structures (peace building committees) and local governments to prevent and mitigate conflict through peace building activities in the conflict prone communities. The implementing partners use different modalities to mitigate conflict. i.e.:
* Association of Christian Resources Organization Serving South Sudan (ACROSS) disseminates peace and social education messages through innovative technology, Digital Audio Players (DAPs) in cattle camps across four ethnic groups; (Dinka, Nuer, Murle and Bari) and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites. While FM radios (Liberty and Jonglei FM) are used to disseminate the same messages targeting the communities in Jonglei states, Bor and Pibor counties and Central Equatoria state, and Terekeka counties. These messages are translated into local languages to enhance beneficiaries understanding of disadvantages of conflict, how to resolve issues amicably, reconciliation and forgiveness, HIV-AIDS awareness, culture and gender.
* DCA right to food partners (CDSS, C&D and KDI) mainstream peace building and conflict mitigation measures into food security and livelihood projects.
* The impact of DCA partner’s supported projects is reflected in behavioral change and testimonies of some beneficiaries. The peace committees mobilize the community to create awareness on peaceful co-existence, nonviolent ways to resolve disputes and, in some cases, mediated peace dialogues between target communities.