MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The signing of the peace agreement by South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a positive step toward ending the brutal 20 month civil war but aid agencies CARE, IRC, Oxfam, and World Vision say it is only the beginning of a long, hard journey towards peace and reconciliation.
International and regional diplomatic actors should monitor the peace agreement to ensure the protection of civilians, guarantee their safe access to humanitarian assistance, and support programs that will help people improve their lives, according to the international aid agencies.
"With this agreement, World Vision remains hopeful that the children of South Sudan will now have a brighter future as they have borne the brunt of this conflict. We look forward to supporting their development and rebuilding the livelihoods of their families and communities."
- Perry Mansfield, National Director of World Vision South Sudan
"This agreement is an important first step towards ending the unbearable suffering of millions of South Sudanese but much more needs to be done to ensure lasting peace and stability. With millions of people hungry, it is crucial that all warring parties respect the agreement, stop fighting immediately and allow lifesaving aid to reach people where they are. It is time for South Sudan's leaders to support community reconciliation, forge a path for peace that addresses the root causes of conflict and redouble efforts to rebuild the economy.
- Zlatko Gegic, Country Director for Oxfam, South Sudan
"This conflict has disrupted lives and livelihoods across the country; families have been separated, homes and villages destroyed. CARE calls on all parties to the conflict to ensure this agreement is honoured, so that South Sudan can start the long, difficult task of rebuilding."
- John Hoare, Country Director for CARE, South Sudan
"This peace deal is a first step to restoring safety, dignity, and hope to civilians in South Sudan who have experienced horrific violence for nearly two years. But the value of the peace deal will only been seen in how it is implemented on the ground.
- Ronald-Paul Veilleux, Country Director at the International Rescue Committee, South Sudan
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SOURCE World Vision Canada