June 29th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudanese refugees in the neighboring Kenya have lauded the government of the neighboring Sudan for taking bold decision of peace efforts in their country, South Sudan, which has been married in a bloody civil war since December 2013.
Residents of Kalobeyei refugee comp who spoke to the Nyamilepedia on Wednesday said they are happy with the initiative of the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir for his efforts to reconcile South Sudan’s rival leaders, Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.
“I appeal to President Omar AL-Bashir, to bring peace to South Sudan, He knows the problems of our country very well, I urge him to convince both President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to agree on reconciliation, I also urge the IGAD countries not to be biased or support either side, the IGAD should consider the suffering of the people of South Sudan especially women and children,” said Peter Loya who resides in Kalobeyei refugee camp in Kenya.
When asked if he hopes to go back to South Sudan when peace is signed, he replied and said.
“Well, I can go back to South Sudan if there are no soldiers in Juba, so I am scared, I can not just go when soldiers are still having guns.”.
Another resident called Majiok Choul, appreciates IGAD for tasking President Al-Bashir with brokering the peace talks between the two leaders.
“Yes, President Al-Bashir can play a significant role in bringing about peace to South Sudan our country got independence under his watch, he really knows that any instability in the south would have an impact on the north. This is what a good neighbor does, to settle an issue that arises between two fighting brothers ” He said.
Another Refugee called Chuol Puk, urges the two leaders to make good on the agreements met yesterday at the peace talks in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum and appeals to the warring factions to bring an immediate end to the country’s civil war that has displaced millions of people.
“My message goes to President Kiir and and Dr. Riek Machar, please, make good on the agreements you have reached, keep your promises and try to bring an immediate end to this senseless war, we need peace ” he pleads.
Kalobeyei Refugee Camp, is a new site situated about 40km northwest of Kakuma, it was established in 2015 following the influx of South Sudanese refugees, after renewed conflict broke out in December 2013, it’s now home to thousands of Refugees and asylum-seekers from South Sudan.
In a opening remarks during the second phase of the face-to-face meeting in the Sudanese capital under the auspices of the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Kiir and Machar had reiterated their commitments to stop the war and pledged to work together.
On Wednesday the two leaders signed a permanent ceasefire agreement across the country and is expected to come into force on Saturday night.