Mediating for Peace in South Sudan: The Role of the Church
Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban, Founder, The Holy Trinity Peace Village, Kuron, South Sudan
Chair: Natalia Chan, Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer - East Africa, Christian Aid
In South Sudan, churches are among the most respected institutions and have played a key role in reconciliation and peace efforts for many years. Churches of different denominations have been working together in the current conflict to try to foster dialogue and end the fighting. The South Sudan Council of Churches has developed an Action Plan for Peace to promote reconciliation at local levels, including creating neutral spaces for dialogue to help communities address the trauma caused by conflict. The Government of South Sudan has also launched a plan for reconciliation through a national dialogue.
Bishop Paride received a UN Peace Prize in 2013 for setting up the Kuron Peace Village in Eastern Equatoria to address tribal conflict. He will discuss efforts by the Church to broker a truce, and the importance of convincing people to commit to dialogue for peace and nation-building.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.