“CfPS organises monthly meetings in the Blue Nile to explore peacebuilding opportunities and spread awareness about the coming elections.
- Copies of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) were distributed amongst communities.
- Five volunteers from each town assisted the organisation of the meetings.
- Government authorities approved the meeting and even sent representatives to participate.
- The committee helped resolve a conflict between the Angassana and Ambararu tribes which killed ten people.
- Trust was built between local people and CfPS.
- The committees were in the region to tackle the issue of election violence.
- The committees are working with local media to produce programmes on these issues, to be broadcast on national television.
- There is difficulty in moving from one village to another due to the lack of means of transport and the high cost of vehicle rent.
- People wanted posters and loudspeakers (public address system) that are not available to the committees.
- Without a paid administrator, coordinating the four committees is slow.
- The large number of participants in these meetings requires the provision of adequate number of chairs and expenses (refreshment, etc) that committees can not afford.
- Civic education on election and resultant disputes requires enlisting the services of experienced facilitators (not available locally). The committees can not afford to pay them nor provide them with accommodation.
- It is imperative to hold joint meetings for the committees every month or every three months. However, the committees do not have required funds.
- Work is ever growing in volume as well as responsibilities; while the number of members of committees in charge is limited.