S. Sudanese Refugees in Uganda pin hope on IGAD Revitalization peace process to return home

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[Rhino Refugee Camp, Uganda, TCT] -- A South Sudanese exiled activist residing in a refugee camp in Uganda has said the refugees in Uganda have pinned hope on Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) High-level Revitalization forum to pave way to their return home.

Sebit Martin, the Executive Director for Community Development Centre CDC, told TCT recently in an interview that the refugees have bolster hope on parties to revitalize a genuine lasting solution and end the conflict.

“We need a sustainable peace that will favor the returning of refugees and internally displaced persons back to their homes to rebuild their livelihood,” Said Martin.

“They are looking for a viable peace that will end killing and destruction” He stressed.

The refugee vocal activist said the regional bloc IGAD, African Union (AU) and the international community should ensure that South Sudan parties adhere to the letter and spirit of working for peace in the country during the third phase of the revitalization process.

The activist said that one of the key purposes they established in the organization in the camp was to give hope to the destitute and advocates for social coexistence among the refugees in Uganda.

He noted that the refugees living in Uganda are tired of staying outside their country and are yearning to return back to the country if only politicians can bury their difference and forge peace through the IGAD led high level revitalization forum.

“People want to go back home, if only the parties can agree to revitalized the 2015 peace deal in good faith,” he said.

Last month, the parties negotiated for two weeks but the talks hit stalemate after the government, opposition and estrange groups failed to agree to issues of governance and security arrangements.

The South Sudan conflict has now entered its fifth year. The conflict erupted in 2013, between forces to loyal to President Salva Kiir and forces loyal to his then former deputy Riek Machar.

The 2015 peace agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital, forcing Machar to flee into exile. Since then the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and millions of others displaced.

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