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 Joint music gala to promote peace in South Sudan

 

AAH South Sudan's Capacity Building for Post conflict Reintegration (CAPOR) Project in collaboration with the State Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Maridi State, with funding from Bread for the World, organized a one day joint Music Gala under the theme, Defy Hate Speech Now, Encourage Peace. The event brought together all the local musicians from Maridi County, who converged at Maridi Bus Park to participate in the event.

 

Maridi County in West part of South Sudan is one of the counties negatively affected by the current socio-economic and political unrest, which had its roots way from the December 2013 conflict that erupted in South Sudan. The unrest has led to the loss of innocent lives, abuse of human right, rape, abductions of people by unknown armed groups, internal displacement of people, people living on tribal sentiments or groups, fear, loss of trust among the youth and the local authorities and worst of all, people living on the state of refugees in their own homes.

 

The main objectives of the joint music gala were to promote the spirit of peaceful co-existence among the diverse divided communities of Maridi, to promote the spirit of sharing knowledge, experiences and talent among the local musicians, to promote hard work and self-reliance among the youth, to convey health messages, and to promote gender equality and respect for human rights.

 

AAH South Sudan Joint music gala

Southern Boys Music Group during the music gala 

 

Honorable Peter Saki Silvan, the State Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Maridi State, appreciated and thanked AAH South Sudan CAPOR project and all the project staff for the initiative and for being in close collaboration with the Ministry of Information in planning activities and implementation. He said that music is the only powerful instrument or channel for transmitting messages of peace and hope to the communities. "All the songs presented today by the local South Sudanese musicians conveyed messages of peaceful co-existence among the communities - peace begins from home and we are all custodians of peace,” he said.

 

He encouraged all people to work hard towards achieving lasting peace in the State, adding that, AAH-SS CAPOR project, as a peace-building partner, should regularly hold such events in order to rehabilitate and contribute to healing divisions in communities in Maridi State. "The AAH South Sudan CAPOR project is the only project in the state that works directly with the communities in peace-building. The State Government has similar activities but is currently handicapped due to other competing needs".

 

At least 700 people, including the local community, Government dignitaries, religious leaders, the army and AAH South Sudan staff, graced the gala.

 

AAH South Sudan Joint music gala

Southern Boys Music Group during the music gala

 


 The AAH South Sudan CAPOR project is the only project in the state that works directly with the communities in peace-building. The State Government has similar activities but is currently handicapped due to other competing needs - Hon. Peter Saki Silvan, the State Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Maridi State, South Sudan


 

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