AE Admin | November 22nd, 2016
Immanuel, an AE Peace and Reconciliation student, has begun an inter-tribal soccer team – one of the first of its kind in Juba – and has put his new found skills to good use.“I love my country; I love South Sudan”, Immanuel said. “What has happened here has broken my heart. When I heard about the peace and reconciliation trainings by African Enterprise I was so excited; I couldn’t wait to attend. The trainings gave us better understanding about the root cause of the violence and how to change it
“AE facilitators challenged us to be agents of peace in our communities, resisting tribal divides.”
and the AE facilitators challenged us to be agents of peace in our communities, resisting tribal divides. Starting this team was very challenging at first because many of the youth refused to associate with their teammates from different backgrounds. I nearly gave up but thanks to the AE facilitators and other trainees I was encouraged to keep going. I am constantly reminding my players to pursue peace using what I learned through the training and I am so happy to say that they are all beginning to understand the importance of working together, regardless of their differences!
“We have to learn to change our mindset about these things and without the help of AE it would have been impossible.”
We still have difficult moments, like when there is a disagreement during a match, tribal issues often rise to the surface but God is always faithful. We have begun to build common understanding amongst the players and make the youth aware that their prejudices and negative tribe and ethnic statements cause division and ultimately bloodshed. I believe that tribal differences are our default setting here in South Sudan. We have to learn to change our mindset about these things and without the help of AE it would have been impossible.