The Path to Peace: The Sudanese Peace Conference in Uganda

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The Sudanese Peace Conference in Uganda has emerged as a potential solution to the ongoing crisis in Sudan. With the country facing immense challenges such as violence, displacement, and food insecurity, it is undeniable that the path to peace is essential for the well-being and future of millions of Sudanese people.

The peace conference, which took place in Uganda, brought together key stakeholders from various factions involved in the conflict. The Sudanese Armed Forces, the Rapid Support Forces, and other armed groups were all represented in the conference. International organisations, including the United Nations and humanitarian agencies, also played a significant role in facilitating the dialogue and negotiations.

The Path to Peace: The Sudanese Peace Conference in Uganda
The Path to Peace: The Sudanese Peace Conference in Uganda

The main objective of the peace conference was to reach a comprehensive and inclusive agreement that addresses the root causes of the conflict and paves the way for a sustainable and lasting peace. One of the key issues on the agenda was the protection of civilians, particularly women and children, who have suffered greatly as a result of the conflict.

The devastating impact of the war on children cannot be overstated. With 12 million children deprived of education, the importance of finding a peaceful resolution becomes even more urgent. Education is not only a basic human right but also a crucial tool for building a better future. Without access to education, these children face a bleak future, with increased vulnerability to violence, recruitment by armed groups, displacement, and sexual violence.

In addition to addressing the education crisis, the peace conference also sought to tackle the issue of food insecurity. The closure of transportation routes has severely hindered the delivery of essential food supplies, leaving many Sudanese people at risk of starvation. With the country’s only open port controlled by a single group, access to food has become a bargaining chip in the conflict.

The conference aimed to find a solution that allows for the safe and efficient transportation of food to all regions of Sudan. By establishing mechanisms for the equitable distribution of food and ensuring the participation of all parties in the process, the conference sought to alleviate the suffering of millions of Sudanese people who are currently on the brink of starvation.

Achieving peace in Sudan is a complex and multifaceted task. It requires not only the commitment and cooperation of all parties involved but also the support and involvement of the international community. The peace conference in Uganda was an important step towards this goal, as it provided a platform for dialogue, negotiation, and compromise.

While the conference may not have resulted in an immediate resolution to the conflict, it was a significant milestone in the path to peace. It demonstrated the willingness of various factions to come together and engage in a constructive dialogue, acknowledging the importance of finding a peaceful solution for the benefit of all Sudanese people.

In October, following the six-month milestone of the conflict, a peacebuilding conference was held in Kampala, Uganda. The United Nations, in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, African Union, and International Women’s Peace Center, convened this conference with Sudanese women. Women from various regions of Sudan participated both online and in person.

Among the attendees was the Peace for Sudan Platform, a coalition comprising representatives from different parts of the country. During the conference, Samia Argawi, a lawyer and the founder of “Women Against War” and a member of the “Peace for Sudan Platform,” emphasised the importance of collective efforts in formulating a clear vision to fulfil the aspirations of the Sudanese people.

This vision aims to restore security, peace, and the establishment of a civil state where all citizens are treated equally, and opportunities are provided irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion, or tribal affiliations.

Women-led organisations in Sudan possess the necessary expertise to address sensitive issues such as gender-based violence and provide comprehensive care and services to women, girls, children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

Elaine Nalikka
Elaine grew up in the DC-Metropolitan area. She went to college at Washington & Jefferson college and graduated in 2016. Since graduating she has worked in criminal law, personal injury law, government contracting, journalism and in the non-profit sector. She is originally from Kampala, Uganda and has ties to the royal family.

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