Yei, 12 May, 2023 / 2:38 pm (ACI Africa).
The department of Integral Human Development of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese, Caritas Yei, is empowering religious leaders with skills on how to foster peace and reconciliation in the country’s Central Equatoria State.
Speaking at the start of a two-day workshop bringing together faith leaders in the South Sudanese State, the Emergency Coordinator for Caritas Yei underscored the important role religious leaders play in local communities as opinion leaders who “people listen to”.
“The components of this training include peacebuilding and reconciliation, which (are) very important for the religious leaders working within the communities to prevent violence and promote peace,” Wilson Chapa Denado said during the Wednesday, May 10 session at Christ the King Parish of Yei Diocese.
Mr. Chapa added that the faith leaders are being trained to “lead in conflict mitigation” considering that they are “very important in our communities because people listen to what they say about issues affecting the community.”
The more than 60 participants in the workshop are expected to “impart the knowledge gained to the community to promote peaceful co-existence,” he further during the workshop that concluded on Thursday, May 11.