‘I was asking myself why should I look for peace from outside instead of within me and I think I need to stop blaming others for my lack of peace, because, as a mother, my peace means peace within home and mother and nation. I realize that I have the power to make change within the nation just by loving myself’.
Flora, a participant of South Sudan first Peace Circle October 2019
Creators of Peace (CoP) in South Sudan have been dormant since the 2013 conflict. It was the conversations at a facilitators’ training with a Creators of Peace elder from Melbourne, Australia that sparked the idea of resuming Peace Circles in South Sudan – we needed it in these critical times. With the conflict in 2016 adding additional layers of distrust and uncertainty, we wanted to get Peace Circles active again.
Our journey began in December 2018. We connected with former Creators of Peace facilitators and network and affiliates of Initiatives of Change (IofC) with an aim to talk through ways of moving forward. We did not have much luck as some were not in the country and others were unreachable. We decided to begin a series of consultations with friends, family and acquaintances. We sat together in fellowship and explored the Peace Circle materials. The time together was crucial and the results were positive – we now had a list of people and organisations interested in supporting our work.