Weekly Peace Report

This week our first highlight is about young people being proactive in the work of achieving peace.

Last year South Sudan had a breakthrough. President Salva Kiir and top rebel leader Riek Machar signed a power-sharing and peace deal that they have continued to honour. Since then many strides have been taken however much remains to be achieved. Their desire and longing for peace is one they share with many citizens, including children.

Primary school pupils participated in a peace march organised by the Civil Affairs Division of the United Nations Mission and the Jonglei Ministry of Education to let President Kiir about their longing for peace and harmony in South Sudan.

One 12 year old boy went as far as sharing a letter he’d written to the President. Emboldened by a group of his friends who stood around him in support, young Solomon said he wanted his country to be free from war, hunger, diseases and tribalism.

A letter to the President written by Solomon (12)

 

It wasn’t only the youngsters of South Sudan who took a stand this week. Kenya Secondary School headed a similar campaign to quell unrest and indiscipline in their country’s schools. Their approach to promoting peace and harmony was through music. A number of schools across Kenya have introduced brass bands that play peace themed songs.

  Video by KBC Channel 1

 

The African Union’s sports division has thought of another way to bring about peace, integration and unity in the continent: sports. UNESCO and the Foundation for Sport and Development and Peace will be hosting a workshop in Johannesburg next month from the 20th to the 23rd.
The Women Leadership Mentorship in Sport for All workshop will aim to empower Africa’s young leaders from ten countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

 

Speaking of Zim, the cabinet has approved the drafting of a new bill that will pave the way to true democracy. The Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill will revoke previous that stood against citizens’ right of access to information, such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act among others.

 

Moving abroad:
Did Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo nominate US President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize or not? This is the claim President Trump made last Friday and the Prime Minister refused to comment, neither confirming nor denying the claim. He did, however, praise the American President’s leadership.
Last year the world watched the Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore where North Korea agreed to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.