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NBGs women protest against killing in the country

Author : Rose Awut | Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Women in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state have staged a peaceful demonstration in Aweil town to demand an end to killing and hostilities in the country.

The women were joined by various youth groups and civil society organizations to pressure the government and the rebels led by Dr. Riek Machar into implementing the agreement they have signed to end the six-week conflict.

The State Deputy Chairperson of the Women’s Union, Monica Mawien, called women to promote peace in the country.

“We’re now in the crisis, and every day, we hear sad news, sorrows and funerals,” said Madam Mawien.

“We want to stand with those who have funerals and we want to stand with those who are in charge, so that they can see our conditions.

“We love peace and we want peace.”

The State Secretary General, Anok Deng, told Eye Radio that the hundreds of demonstrators called for unconditional implementation of the cessation of hostility agreement signed by the two parties last week.

“We’re women and we have power to say we don’t want war, because all the soldiers and kids who are dying were born by us,” she said.

“War will not bring anything to this country; if we make peace, this country will develop and we will have a lot of things coming to South Sudan.”

The women’s union urged the international community to continue supporting those affected through provision of humanitarian assistance.

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