Hon. Ismael Konyi opened the engagement meeting and explained to the community that they came to brief the community on the peace process and to learn about the conditions, concerns and issues affecting the community in the camp. Hon Ismael Konyi also presented their apologies as MPs for not organizing a trip to Mahad IDP Camp as part of their duty and obligation to update and enlighten the people about the situation they are in question, pointing out that the School in which you are temporarily living should not be a living place or residential place because it was meant for schooling activities and its unfortunates that you find yourselves living here, Hon. Ismael remarked as he was addressing the participants in the meeting.
Organized by the Integrated Development Organization (IDO) with technical support from UNDP’s Community Security and Arms Control Project (CSAC), and with generous funds via small grants from the Government of Sweden, the dialogues tackled issues facing the government and IDPs communities. Since October 2015, the community-government engagement dialogues are held with selected community leaders based on their different ethnic groups, age and gender. “The immediate result that we expect to see from these community dialogues is that those directly affected by conflict, increase dialogue among themselves and are able to manage their conflicts peacefully,” said IDO CPAG Project Manager, Gai Makiew Gai at the opening remark. “It is hoped that you the community participate in the ongoing political, peace and state building processes and engage with key local and national stakeholders to ensure your voices are heard and your concerns addressed,” he stated. In addition to the community dialogues with politicians, the small grants enable the IDO to conduct inter-generational and inter-communal peace dialogues; monthly issue-based peace forums; trainings for the peace committee, mobilisers and community leaders; and training for the camp crisis management committee.