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1) Promotion of Social Cohesion among South Sudan Refugees and with the hosting Communities in Bidibidi and Imvepi Settlements
JPIIJPC continues to promote peaceful coexistence between the refugees and the hosting communities in Arua Diocese, particularly Imvepi and Bidibidi Settlements. To achieve the objective of “Engineering the generation and documentation of pro peace and reconciliation films, music, dance and drama”, in march 2021, the Centre conducted the activity of Shooting/producing films, documentaries and Music, dance and drama videos. The filmed drama and play activities covered a number of important community issues like; early marriage, gender discrimination, cheating, stealing, disunity, peace, diversity, drug abuse, GBV, tribal conflict and abortion, among other important issues. The Centre believes that, its intervention to promote peace through MDD will advance peace and help resolve issues of conflict within the settlements and hosting communities.
2) Inter Communities Peace and Reconciliation Dialogue for Peaceful Co-Existence Between the Host Community and the Refugees on Attitude of Youth towards supporting their Parents in a Covid 19 Period.
In order to achieve the objective of “Conducting community peace education in transforming the mind-sets that promote conflict, division and war” JPIIJPC conducted an “Inter Communities Peace and Reconciliation Dialogue for Peaceful Co-Existence Between the Host Community and the Refugees on Attitude of Youth towards supporting their Parents in a Covid 19 Period”. The activity was conducted in Bidibidi Settlement Zone 3.
The main aim of the dialogue was to have peaceful reconciliations at the grass root level so as to attain collaborative networks for peaceful co-existence between the host community and the refugees and also between the youth and their families during this COVID-19 Pandemic. it aimed at finding a suitable solution to the challenges that are accruing between the youth and their families fuelled by the outbreak of COVID-19 in the settlement. Major issues discussed include drug abuse, early pregnancy, defilement, stealing, among other potential conflict sparking acts in the settlement and host communities.
On 8th February 2021, the world celebrated, International day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking (ST. Josephine Bakhita). JPIIJPC held a press conference to highlight the status oh human trafficking in Uganda.
JPIIJPC in partnership with the Uganda Episcopal Conference (Uganda Catholic Secretariat) with the support of Wheaton Franciscan Sisters (WFS) Ministry Fund started the implementation of the project titled “Combating Human Trafficking in Uganda” on 11th November 2020. The project aims to combat human trafficking and any form of slavery in Uganda. See more…
JPIIJPC COVID-19 Intervention
Governments across Africa are rushing to reinforce measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, fearing that fragile health systems will be swiftly overwhelmed if the disease spreads beyond a small number of cases on the continent. As the government of Uganda and key Stakeholders continue to raise awareness on the spread of COVID -19, the perception of the population about the disease is still mixed up with some taking it to be the disease of the old, others taking that Africans are immune, others believe the virus can’t survive in hot weather . Again one key factor of preventive measures namely; social distancing, hand wash and others are still a big challenge to the population.
The population also continues to move from one place to another including the refugees in the settlement who travel back and forth from South Sudan with minimum restrictions which brings fear that they can easily import the COVID-19 into the settlement. South Sudan has already registered a number of confirmed cases of the disease. The settlements are more vulnerable because of being heavily congested. Therefore a massive outbreak of COVID-19 would be very devastating to the refugees and host community. Moreover the information about COVID-19 to the refugees is highly limited. Consequently, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNHCR has called upon all the partners to join hands in supporting sensitization of the refugees and the host community on COVID-19. Therefore, JPIIJPC with the support of Diocese of Rottenburg Stuttgart, has taken the initiative to See more
December 2020 Intervention
The Centre has continued with Promotion of social cohesion among the refugees and with host communities in Bidibidi and Imvepi refugee settlements. During the period, the Centre trained the local artists and actors for peace promotion, film, music and drama. The activity began on 28th October and ended on 14th November 2020. see more…
JPIIJPC Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022
This is the third Strategic Plan (SP) of John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre. It succeeds the second strategic plan, developed in 2015 and will end in December 2018. It reflects the goal of the Centre, namely the pursuit of a just and peaceful society in Uganda. Like most Strategic Plans, therefore, it is a tool for advancement of the mission and goal of the Centre, providing useful direction for attainment of its objectives. The Strategic Plan reflects a pastoral context that calls for more boldness in confronting the array of political, economic and social issues affecting the country. It highlights the variety of actions to be taken by the Centre, and with other stakeholders, to influence positive change for all.