UNHCR , Government organizes music festival to promote peace in Jonglei state

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the state government of Jonglei state are holding music festival in Bor town to promote peace and reconciliation in the state.

By AwanAchiek

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the state government of Jonglei state are holding music festival in Bor town to promote peace and reconciliation in the state.

Jonglei state has been mired into rampant communal violence characterized by cattle raiding, revenge killings and child abductions.

Authorities in Jonglei state have blamed some incidents of violence on armed Murle youth from neighboring Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Malual Gabriel, Jonglei state minister for peacebuilding said the five-day music festival is aimed at mending the broken social fabric of the communities.

“This festival is a campaign to build the social fabric of our people that has been broken, and it is also a campaign to end child and women abduction within Jonglei,” Gabriel told journalists in Bor on Friday.

The festival started on November 13th and it is expected to close on 18th  of November .

Gabriel said several musicians based in Juba and some local musicians are performing at the festival.

He said the festival will reduce the cycle of violence in the state, as well as end cattle raiding, child and women abduction.

“The main actors in the crisis are the youth and my message to the youth is you are the future of this country, they should look for alternative livelihood instead of killing people,” Gabriel said.

For her part, Viola Makame, UNHCR head of field office in Bor said the festival brought together actors from national and international level to pass messages of peace through music, traditional dances and poems.

“Jonglei state government has been working with humanitarian actors and RSRF consortium members to promote sustainable peace, recovery and family reunification of abducted women and children in Jonglei state and Greater Pibor Administrative Area,” Makame said.

She urged youth to join hands with the government and humanitarians actors to promote peace and stability in the community.

 Jonh Frog, a talented young artist who was among those who performed, said music has power to unite people.

“Music is a message and music is a part of life, that is why in every occasion there must be music, be it in church,” Frog said.

The Reconciliation, Stabilization and Resilience Trust Fund (RSRTF) is project implemented by UNHCR aimed to reduce the cycle of violence and end women and child abduction in Greater Jonglei State.

The project focuses on community outreach strategies as well as political engagement to resolve challenges including community violence, abduction, and inter-communal conflicts.

Many artists like John Frog, Johnson Jok, Bob Dizzy performed at the festival.

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