Building peace in a nation devastated by war seems almost impossible. But in some areas of South Sudan, peace has already taken root and communities once divided are working together to build a brighter future.
Local churches and community savings are playing a key role in forgiveness, reconciliation, and community development.
When the elders of Lietnohm were deciding how to name their community bank, they chose "Amat Wuot", which means "a union of communities" in the local Dinka dialect.
In a town once razed by fighting, the community bank has become the focal point for unity and growth. "We are kinsmen, and this bank will bring us together," said Vincent Bol Yak, Sudan People's Liberation Movement Secretary Gorgrial East County. After more than seven years, Yak's statement remains true.
Amat Wuot was the first community-owned bank ever established in South Sudan. Today peace continues to pervade Lietnohm. The bank's leadership is comprised of respected elders from different tribes. The members are committed to peace and to helping their community continue to improve healthcare, education, and business opportunities.
We have found that across South Sudan there are tens of thousands of peacemakers.
Learn more about the Journey of Hope in South Sudan.
Special thanks to our program partners. This video features Harun Mutuma, South Sudan Country Director with World Concern.