Does the Pieri Peace Agreement still exist?

December 2022 violence disrupted the fragile inter-communal peace process in Jonglei and Greater Pibor. Over the last month, conversations have taken place across the communities to determine the appetite for the Pieri Peace Process to continue.

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Murle Age Set Council visits Agaar galweng

In the climate of escalating mobilisation among the youth of Norther Jonglei, the newly constituted Murle Age Set Council went ahead with its planned visit to Rumbek, 7-12 December. The recent Jonglei-GPAA violence has undermined the implementation plan, but a foundation remains in place.

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Reviewing our peacebuilding approach with Dinka Agaar

Learning and review is at the centre of Peace Canal’s approach under the Peacebuilding Opportunities Fund. A new project with CAFOD and Trócaire in Partnership (CTP) is enabling a process to share experiences and lessons between peacebuilding work in the Rumbek and Yirol areas.

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Returning to Weideng for Nuer peace

Weideng is home to the shrine of the Nuer spiritual leader Ngundeng and represents a historical and spiritual focal point for the wider Nuer community. 26 May – 01 April, Nuer from Ayod, Nyirol, Uror, Akobo and Ulang came to Weideng for a peace Conference culminating months of local pre-dialogues.

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Reaching into Nanaam – dynamics of remote GPAA

The peace engagement in Jonglei and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) continues in the face of active mobilisation attempts led by some factions of armed youth leadership in Jonglei. From 24 April to 1 May, a delegation of community leaders, supported by a combined team from Nonviolent Peaceforce and Peace Canal, visited communities in the Nanaam area of GPAA.

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Dialogue agenda persists in response to heightened tensions

Almost one year since the Pieri agreement, persistent provocations undermine the stability needed for both humanitarian and development assistance. Simplified narratives characterise this as one community’s youth uncontrolled and wreaking havoc across the area. The reality is more complex in both sides, and a series of intra-communal dialogues is underway to identify internal levers for the inter-communal peace.

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