Nobody came to ask us: South Sudanese refugee perceptions of the peace process

Ensuring refugee voices are heard now can help them be a source of peace in future.

Refugees are one of the most affected yet least consulted groups when it comes to issues of peace and conflict in South Sudan. This report attempts to address that gap by presenting findings of refugee interviews in Ethiopia and Uganda. Understanding and incorporating their views into the peace processes is crucial to ensuring that the needs of this substantial group are considered. This will also help deliver a more inclusive and durable peace process.

About the author

Omar S Mahmood is a senior researcher based in ISS Addis Ababa. He has worked as a security consultant on the Lake Chad Basin and Horn of Africa, senior analyst for a Washington DC-based consultancy, and Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. He has an MA in security studies and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston.

Picture: UNHCR/Will Swanson

Development partners
This study and the report were funded by the United States Institute of Peace. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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