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The South Sudan peace forum

The Rift Valley Institute organised a forum bringing together leading chiefs from five states of South Sudan in Nairobi last Saturday. The forum brought together the chiefs to discuss the current crisis in the country and the role they and other traditional leaders played where peace was concerned.

The chiefs included Nyuong Danhier Gatluak the paramount chief Nyuong Nuer, Unity State, Wilson Peni Rikito, the paramount chief, Zande, Western Equatoria, Simon Lokuji Wani the chief of Bari, Central Equatoria and Jacob Madhel Lang Juk the paramount chief, Tuic Dinka, Warrab State.

The forum included a panel of leading South Sudanese intellectuals like Juba University deputy vice chancellor Alfred Lokuji and Sudd Institute co-founder Jok Madut.

It was supported by the South Sudan Law Society, the Sudd Institute, the Gurtong Trust, the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa and support from the Swiss Agency for Development.

Juba University deputy vice Chancellor Alfred Lokuji


Amnesty International Priscilla Nyagoah with Heinrich Boll Foundation Nanjala Nyabola


Amparo Fraisser with Pranka Desouza and Natalia Din Kariuki


Interpeace Consultant Project Hassan Ishmail with Mark Bradbury


Oona Gemsch with European Union Gustaf Salomonsson


Joanna Oyediran with Rift Valley Institute's Ramsey Beck


York University's Sam Guchu and Dacia Donhaibi with South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum and mining executive Manager Nicodemus Ajak


South Sudan chief Wilson Peni


South Sudan Student Association Chairman Deng Bol with Outgoing chair Chol Yaak


UNICEF South Sudan Pierre Fallarier with Energy Markets' Peter Cameron


UN Research Initiative Marie Adelaiole, World Food Program Sarah Kehl and UN Women Kammi Sheeler

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