Detailed Agenda of Kenya and Uganda Refugee Consultations Released
The National Dialogue of South Sudan has released a detailed agenda for the delegations which left Juba on Monday, November 13th, 2017, bound for neighboring Kenya and Uganda. Refugee consultations are seen as crucial to the inclusivity of the National Dialogue. More than 1 million South Sudanese citizens are estimated to reside in camps in these two countries, many of them close to the border with South Sudan.
The delegations will visit a broad spectrum of governmental, CSO, and NGO groups in Uganda and Kenya, but the primary purpose is to visit and consult with refugees themselves. The agenda document describes the groups being consulted, including UNHCR leadership in Kampala and Nairobi. Other groups to be consulted in both Kampala and Nairobi including women’s Groups, youth groups, religious leaders, teachers, traditional courts, and councils, as well as healthcare professionals. The agenda also names of the specific refugee camps to be visited, including the Kiryandongo and Arua refugee camp areas in Uganda and the Kakuma and Kalobeyei refugee areas in Kenya. R
Beyond holding local consultations in these camps, one of the goals of the visit is to identify delegates who are willing to participate in the culmination of the National Dialogue process, the National Consultation in Juba, South Sudan, which is expected to be held towards the end of 2018.
The delegation is led by Deng Dau Deng Malek and includes 8 other National Dialogue organizers, including Leadership committee member Mary B. Wani. The delegation will return to Juba on Dec. 3rd and report on findings to the National Dialogue leaderships. Findings related to each of the refugee consultations held will be posted on the website in the events section for review by the public.
Visits to refugee camps of South Sudanese citizens will take the form of official National Dialogue Consultations.