Sudan’s 21-year civil war left two million people dead and split the country in two. The war ended in 2005 but peace remains fragile, especially after the South became independent in July 2011.
Weapons are everywhere in the countryside and tribal battles occur with frightening regularity. For example, early in 2010 a simple dispute over water erupted into all-out warfare and left 23 young men dead. As political tensions fire up new disputes, the threat of a return to war cannot be ignored.
The Collaborative for Peace has works to help tribes and communities move away from violence. They work right at the heart of local communities with tribal elders, community leaders, women and young people, to find ways to respond to conflict without violence.
The Collaborative was set up in 2006, to support the Sudanese peace process. They have established four peace committees to mediate before violence erupts whilst building relationships with large international oil companies and the government. In December 2010 the Collaborative was asked by the government to be the voice of civil society in negotiations to improve transparency with oil companies. Their influence and their impact is increasing. The Collaborative is on their way to becoming a significant force in defending the fragile peace Sudan is struggling to build.