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  • The International Youth for Africa IYA, organized a two day workshop on Peace and Reconciliation among South Sudanese Communities in Diaspora. It ran from 27-28 April, 2017 in Kampala-Uganda. We thank all participants who included refugees, religious, community, women and youth leaders and members of Civil Society Organizations for endeavoring to attend. We strongly the knowledge gained will go a long way in ensuring peace and reconciliation among the communities in South Sudan.

The International Youth for Africa [IYA], which is a non-partisan, Non-Governmental Organization as well as a Civil Society Organization [CSO] was founded due to the need for helping the Youth by empowering them in their respective communities in South Sudan. This is done by IYA working to bring different communities together as a way of promoting intercultural dialogue to ensure, peace and reconciliation, which is the best way of respecting and promoting human rights, rule of law, democracy, gender equality, social justice and justice. The interest of the IYA to focus on the promotion of peace, reconciliation, human rights, rule of law, democracy, gender equality, social justice and justice came from the fact that the only way to bring lasting peace in South Sudan is to educate on the importance of peace and also empower them to become ideologically and economically independence, which will help them avoid manipulation by the politicians. Thus, empowering youth economically, politically and socially is vital for the stability of South Sudan. Some of the ways IYA empowers youth is through youth access to information obtained through research, training and policy advocacy and lobbying by young people in South Sudan and Uganda. Since establishment, IYA has gone into partnership with other organizations, institutions and communities at the grassroots as a way of promoting intercultural dialogue that is hoped to result into culture of non-violence, peace and socioeconomic development in South Sudan and Uganda.