Farmer-herder peace conference ends in Abyei Administrative Area

Farmers’ representative Mr. Achuol Ayiik Deng appends his signature to the resolutions of the conference as Alal county commissioner Hon. Akuei Akoon Wel looks on. | Credit: Chol Ayiik Chol | AIRS 2021

A three-day peace conference involving farmers and pastoralists concluded in Abyei Administrative Area on Wednesday.

The event was attended by 89 people including farmers and herders from Unity State, Warrap State, Aweil in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State and Ruweng Administrative Area.

The ten recommendations from the conference include formation of pastoralist committees. It is agreed that these committees will first meet host community before pastoralists come with their livestock to the area.

The participants also agreed not to cover livestock theft. They said anyone caught with a stolen animal must be held accountable and must pay two cows as a fine.

Gai Machar is the head of herders from Unity State who attended the conference. He said they have agreed to form a committee involving farmers and herders to settle dispute in case livestock destroy crops. Machar says they have agreed to live in peace with others.

The caretaker Commissioner of Alal County in Abyei Administrative Area, Akuei Akoon Wel has welcomed the initiative. He says his administration will meet humanitarian NGOs to provide basic needs such plastic sheets and utensils to the communities.

The just concluded peace conference was conducted with support from Concordis International and International Organization for Migration in Abyei.