by Chidi Okoye
South Sudanese women have decided that the best way to end the civil war in their nation is to deny the men sex until they stop fighting.
During a meeting of a group of South Sudanese women peace activists and several members of South Sudan’s parliament, in Juba, to come up with ways to advance the cause of peace, healing and reconciliation, it was suggested that denying sex to the men could prove helpful.
The organisers said in a statement that they will “mobilise all women in South Sudan to deny their husbands conjugal rights until they ensure that peace returns.”
They also stated that they will meet the wives of President Salva Kiir and rebel leader, Riek Machar, to urge them to join the search for peace and reconciliation by impressing upon their husbands to stop the war.
Tobias Atari Okori, of the South Sudan ‘Peace and Reconciliation Commission, noted that the idea showed the desperation of the women for the war to end as soon as possible.
While speaking to AFP, he said, “People are experiencing great suffering, and it is the women, children and the aged who are suffering the worst.”
Since the war started, thousands of civilians have been killed and massacred, while almost two million have fled the war between government troops, mutinous soldiers and tribal militia forces.