Hundreds of school children today marched through the principal streets of Bimbilla to denounce violence and called on stakeholders to work together to bring peace to the area.

DSC_0115The children were joined by the personnel of the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service and National Ambulance Service.

The peace march initiative is the Peace Building component of a five-year FOSTERING project which is being implemented under SEND-GHANA?s Livelihood Security Programme and over 42,000 women and men are benefitting from it in eight districts along the Eastern Corridor of Northern Ghana. The 8,032,149 Canadian Dollar project earmarked for five years is funded by Canada?s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) with contribution from Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA). Over 331,800 individual food crop small holder farmers including family members from 5,400 households are expected to benefit from the project.

The occasion was used to commemorate International Peace Day today.

Twelve Peace Animators were also inaugurated to monitor, identify and report early warning signals, undertake peace education and promote surveillance on conflict hotspots.

Addressing the school children and security personnel after the march, the DCE disclosed that the Nanumba district assembly has spent four hundred thousand Ghana cedis on peace keeping over the last three years. He lamented that, the amount could have been used to improve lives in the district.

He urged all sides in the conflict to rethink their stand, submit to negotiations and embrace peace.

The Director of Food Security and Livelihood at SEND-GHANA, Mr. Raymond Wekem Avatim said peace plays a crucial role in the socio-economic development of any community.

Bimbilla has been embroiled in a protracted Chieftaincy conflict over the last three years. Recently renewed clashes led to loss of lives and the imposition of a curfew from 4 to 6am. Residents say they are tired of conflicts and appealed to the Interior Ministry to lift the curfew as it is having a negative impact on activities in the area.

Source-GBC

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