A Lawmaker at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has revealed the parliament’s plan to embark on massive trauma healing and reconciliation.
The Specialized Committee on Peace and Reconciliation’s Chairperson at the TNLA, Hon. Stanslaws Jada says the war has traumatized communities, and peace cannot be achieved without trauma healing.
He says his committee is working with the executive and council of states to ensure the process starts.
“You will not have peace addressing problem affected the people during the war, and that is why in the context of the implementation of peace in South Sudan, we must approach it through trauma healing rather than peace because peace is the end,” Jada said.
Jada stated that involving the communities in peace and reconciliation is vital due to the scenarios people have gone through since the liberation and recent political conflict.
“We have been through many things. Children see their parents being killed in the war. Parents see their children being killed in the war, and women have been raped in front of their husbands. All these incidences have caused trauma.” Jada stated.
He says the TNLA planned awareness will target rural communities at Payams and counties levels, but he didn’t mention the time frame when the process begins.
The Lawmaker spokes in an inclusive interview with The Radio Community during the trauma and stress awareness UN conducted where forty MPs participated in Juba.
In April, President Kiir launched the public consultation to establish the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing stated in the Revitalized Peace Agreement.