2.2.2018-Community empowerment for Rehabilitation and development, CEFoRD in conjunction with UNMISS and the Kajo- Keji Commnunity, organised a two days peace forum steered towards bringing tangible peace back to the ghost town of Kajo Keji.
A once thriving business hub in the pre 2013 conflict, the town saw its hopes dashed with a scorched-earth warfare is it was entangled in the midst of various conflict fronts in the post 2016 war that saw multitudes cross the border into Uganda and scrap a living in the camps.
CEFoRD’s commitment to bring peace into fruition in Kajo Keji bore the 2 day forum that brought together key stakeholders from the Kajo Keji community, government and Civil Society in an initiative geared towards bringing back the people of Kajo Keji.
During the Forum, CEFoRD’s Executive Director, Mawa George Lazarus said, ” the purpose of the forum is to dialogue among ourselves and reinstate Kajo-keji to its very shape ” He further lamented on thanking everyone for coming, UNMISS for supporting the forum and hoped that the two days discussion will be fruitful to making Kajo-Keji great again.
Head of UNIMISS Juba Mrs. Gita Said, “its sad to see things move unprepared in Kajo-keji,” I expect that we come with a fruitful discussion, and see if we can reach to Kajo-keji using Yei-Kajo-Keji road soon.
She continued and said, we encourage collective discussions that will result into key action points at the end of the two days.
On the opening of the discussion, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, the Presidential adviser on Economic affiars and as well as the chairperson of the Greater Kajo-keji community, said, we are here to brainstorm on how to reverse what has befallen Kajo-Keji; we see targeted killings, services breakdown (Education, Health, Economic, Infrastructure amonth others).
He further said this war deformed Kajo-keji into what we see now, so as the Community, let us use this meeting as a platform to address our issues and expecting a doable recommendation at the end of it.
I deeply thank CEFoRD and UNMISS for the chance to express our feelings as Kajo-Keji Community (KCO), said Tisa.