Tombura-Yambio, 09 August, 2022 / 9:03 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Priest in South Sudan has emphasized the need to engage young people in the East-Central African nation “in productive activities” to address the challenge of violence in the country.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Charles Mbikoyo said, “We need to support our young people who are jobless because when we support them, they will not focus on violence and conflict in our communities because they are kept busy and that’s one way of bringing peace.”
“We need to engage our young people in what can help them in productive activities like vocational training, good education and creating jobs,” Fr. Mbikoyo said during the August 4 interview.
The member of the Clergy of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) who oversees the Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CODEP), which is the social wing of the South Sudanese Diocese regretted the fact that the youth involved in violence have nothing “to spend time on”.
“If you can see from the violence and the conflicts that are taking place in South Sudan, the majority of these people are young people because they have nothing to do or to spend time on,” he told ACI Africa.