By Lt Mary Kwawukumey, South Sudan
The Ghana Independent Infantry Company 2 (GHANCOY 2), in collaboration with the Civil Affairs Department of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Aweil Field Office, has donated food items and an undisclosed amount of money to the St George Catholic Church, Aweil to support an upcoming residential Youth Conference.
The brief ceremony was held at the premises of the church on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, as part of the Company’s Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC), to support the upcoming youth conference, with an estimated figure of about two hundred (200) participants.
The Youth Chairperson – Albino Deng, said that the objectives of the conference was to groom the youth as future leaders, who would practice good governance, and as positive role models in their various societies, although the youth, across board, were being used as machinery, to fuel chaos and distractions, in the already conflict ridden state of South Sudan.
The Chairperson also intimated that, it is in this regard that the church, has instituted the annual mentorship programme, which would also be used to get to the youth, as they await the formation of the South Sudan National Unity Government.
The Imam of GHANCOY 2 – Captain Alhassan Mohammed, who also doubles as the CIMIC Officer – said the programme is in line with the CIMIC agenda of the Officer Commanding (OC) – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Daniel Ampadu.
Lt Col Ampadu, in his address to the church leaders, said the gesture was geared towards the achievement of GHANCOY 2’s goals as peacekeepers, and that it is also aimed at assisting the church to achieve the very good objectives set for the conference.
The Parish Priest of the church – Father Natale Bak, who received the items on behalf of the church, expressed gratitude to GHANCOY 2, for the continued support extended to the church, since the insertion of GHANCOY.
Father Bak finally added that the church’s doors, were opened for further assistance for future events, especially the Regional Conference in January, which draws participation from all denominations, including the Islamic Community.
The CIMIC team, further interacted and motivated students of St Mary Gorrette Senior High School – which is one of the facilities under the tutelage of the St George Parish – who were preparing for their final year examination.