TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - A return to violence for South Sudan will have
grave consequences for the future of its children, say global
children's NGO, Plan International.
Plan's Director in South Sudan, Fikru Abebe said, "The referendum is a
defining moment in Southern Sudan's history, but it is imperative that
no matter what the outcome, people do not live in fear of a return to
"After years of war and uncertainty, 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.
"Plan 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 enrolment of girls in primary education and re-integrates
former child soldiers into communities through skills training and work
placement as part of the peace building initiative", states Mr. Abebe.
Plan International is calling on all parties 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
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
"Plan 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
disasters", states Abebe.
Over the past five years Plan has been working with the South Sudan
government to rebuild the country after more than two decades of civil
war killed two million people and displaced four million.
Two independent feasibility studies carried out in Canada concluded that increasing vocational training and skills for young
people is essential for helping secure the country's peaceful future.
One hundred and fifty students have now enrolled at the Plan supported
$4.2 million landmark Juba Technical High School, which provides
marginalised communities - especially young people and former child
soldiers - with skills training in subjects from electronics to
Plan Canada's Regional Advisor for East and South Africa, Ndungu Kahihu,
works frequently in South Sudan and is available for interviews.
SOURCE Plan Canada
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