Violence will turn back the clock in South Sudan
Planís Director in South Sudan, Fikru Abebe said, "The referendum is a defining moment in Southern Sudanís history, but it is imperative that no matter what the outcome, people do not live in fear of a return to violence.
"After years of war and un-certainty, the people of Southern Sudan are now looking forward to determining their own future and a return to violence would undo the excellent work that the government and communities have achieved here.
ďPlan has been working closely with the government, donors and communities here in Southern Sudan to rehabilitate and expand technical and vocational training institutes for young people. This support has increased the enrollment of girls in primary education and re-integrate former child soldiers into communities through skills training and work placement as part of the peace building initiativeĒ, states Mr. Abebe.
Plan International is calling on all actors to avoid at all costs any further instability or bloodshed in the country and region. Instability and violence would lead to children dropping out of formal education and would leave many at risk of being recruited once again as child soldiers.
An estimated 3 million returnees are on the move to Southern Sudan and this large influx is highly likely to place added pressure on services and communities.
ďPlan has developed a contingency plan so we will be able to respond quickly to any humanitarian needs which may result from this massive influx of people. Our experienced team on the ground are ready to respond to and we will upscale all areas of our current work which includes child protection, psychosocial work and education in disastersĒ, states Abebe.
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