The Integrated Development Organization in conjunction with Organization of Non-Violence and Development have concluded a three days Psychological support workshop with affected communities in Gurei (Juba).
The workshop focused on topics such as Conflict, non-violent, local conflict drivers, traditional conflict mechanisms to manage potential conflict between communities, trauma and trauma healing methodologies.
The purpose of this workshop is to support the communities on trauma effects and work together in Sustainable peace by fostering a spirit of reconciliation and inter-ethnic tolerance.
A greater percentage of the participants confessed that before the workshop they did not have any knowledge about trauma and violence, but through the workshop conducted by IDO, they are able to define and explain the meaning of trauma, they know the different types of trauma and they are able to identify someone who is affected by trauma among others.
One of the participants Lucia, appreciated the partner organizations for conducting the workshop adding that, “we have heard a lot of messages on various topics in these three days. Now we need to go out and see how we can help those who did not get the opportunity to attend the workshop.” She urged the organizers to conduct such training to those in the villages because currently they are the most affected by trauma. She promised to go back to her home village to teach her community about trauma.
Another participant called Malish also appreciated IDO and ONAD for organizing the workshop. He said, “I know and believe that each and every one of us who is here has experienced a difference in their hearts. Personally I feel there is peace in my heart.” He recommended IDO and other organizations to conduct more workshops with them so that the community can be developed.
On the evening of 15 December 2013, fighting erupted in Juba, the capital of South Sudan; although what triggered the fighting and spread beyond Juba to Jonglei, Unity, and upper Nile states remain deeply contested, it is clear that civilians bore the brunt of the fighting and human rights violations. The new state has however witnessed heavy fighting inside its capital Juba in July 2016 just a day a head of the nation’s Independence Day, between armed group and the national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). Many young and old (men and women) witnessed the looting, many more are killed and economy stressed them further, hence psychologically affected resulting into trauma.
By Hawa Rebecca