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Peace Under Construction in South Sudan requires more than absence of war | Reuters

In South Sudan, a country affected by decades of conflict, keeping a fragile peace requires more than just the absence of war.

By Sandra Bulling, CI Communications Officer, bulling@careinternational.org

The road to Nagdiar village is bordered by lush green grasslands reaching up to the horizon. On a peaceful morning in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, swarms of white birds fly playfully over the meadow, swinging up and down through the hot air. Grey thatched roofs atop roundhouses can be glimpsed through the grass, and mothers with their children stroll along the path to the local river on the way to wash their clothes.

In Nagdiar’s primary school, the village’s only concrete building, CARE project manager Samuel Mule works hard to make sure this morning of peace is one that lasts. A group of women and men sit on the small wooden benches, listening intently to his explanations. They all know the opposite of peace rather too well: conflict and civil war. Now they want to learn how to keep a fragile harmony within their community in a country that has just been formed after decades of violent struggle for independence.

For more on this story, visit: Peace Under Construction.

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