Three Symposia on: Post Conflict Sudan
Executed in Conflict Zones
Along with the National Anti-War Campaign, launched by Peace Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Khartoum in 2015, PRI held a symposium on Post Conflict Sudan, in collaboration with the Centre of Peace Studies at the University of Nyala, sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United State Agency for International Development USAID. PRI is working on the theme of "A post Conflict Sudan" As we believe that Sudan is approaching a post conflict state, for which we should be ready and responsive. It's a very delicate state that could risk the abortion of a long peace process, if it's not well managed and planned. PRI sees the necessity of identifying which track to take and what procedures to adapt.
The Post-Conflict Sudan Programme is PRI's initiative to reach conflict zones in Sudan, in pursuance of engaging people of affected states into a prevalent work and activities that help the march of peace process. And as a way to advocating a state of a post conflict, to place people into a post conflict way of thinking.
The event took place in the State of South Darfur "City of Nyala" by the 6th of Nov 2016, as four papers were presented and discussed under the titles of : (peaceful coexistence and social reconciliation), (civil administration and its role in the peaceful coexistence), (sustainable peace and opportunities for the post-conflict period) and (Darfur from war to peace: Rebuilding Darfur). The day ended with an evening concert of art, that came within PRI's project of (Art For peace) launched in 2015. where the group of Mobile Theatre workshop presented a play on Conflict Resolution, that depicts the horrifying and immeasurable lost of war and the value of peace. Theatre was accompanied with Sudanese local songs performed by the Sudanese international artist Assim Altayeb.
The same event took place on the State of South Kordofan "city of Diling" by the 16th of November 2016, in collaboration with the Centre of Peace and Developmental Studies at the University of Diling.
Activities were also conducted in Blue Nile State in the 5th of Dec 2016, with the joint efforts of the Peace Council and Peace Centre in Damazin- Blue Nile State. Papers of the same subjects and of course different content regarding the context were presented.
The choice of Art as tool of conflict resolution, is due to the immense effect of Art "especially singing and interactive theater" as a common interest and a common way of expression. The impact of this work was clearly visible through its success of uniting people of different interests, demands, and characteristics. People how fed up with war and had enough of destruction, now have a comfortable ground to express and convey messages.