Civil society helps achieve breakthrough deal
After 7 years of civil conflict, several false dawns, and much unnecessary suffering, the prospects of a brighter future came to South Sudan this year. In February 2020, a new South Sudanese government, comprised of former rivals, was sworn in, implementing the peace agreement signed in September 2018. In his speech at the ceremony, First Vice President Riek Machar thanked civil society for their ‘sleepless nights to bring this peace to light’ – acknowledging their key role in achieving the breakthrough.
Indeed, the increasing participation and influence of South Sudanese civil society in the peace negotiations has been a particularly positive aspect of the campaigning Crisis Action has been involved in over the past years. It has been an enormous privilege and an enriching learning process to work with South Sudanese groups to demand accountability, insist on inclusion and promote a peaceful future for the world’s youngest country.