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More families move to Kuron


This week Kabaka John moved to Kuron with his family. They are the 15th family to settle down in Peace village.

Kabaka John decided to move to Kuron permanently together with his wife Grace and their two children Joseline (4 years) and Esther (almost 2 years).His brothers son, Alfred (13 years), also moved with them.


Text and photo:  Miriam Hagen

The last few years only 7 of the 61 workers in Peace village have chosen to bring their families to Kuron, but the number will soon be more than doubled. 7 families are currently constructing their houses, and this week Kabaka John and his family also chose to join the community. He started to work in the Agricultural program in May last year, and it was not long before he decided to bring his family from Opari in the western part of Eastern Equatoria.
“I have seen the place and it is good. The land is very fertile, but the problem is lacking of rain and too much sun shine,” Kabaka said.

House plans
He is cutting timber and planting trees, and he also contributes in several gardening projects in Kuron. In Opari he had bee hives for production and selling, and he aims to start a similar project in Peace village.
Kabaka’s children will join the nursery school and his wife hope to get employment as a teacher at St. Thomas Primary school. As soon as their land is identified, they will start building a brick house.
“Have you made plans for the house?”
“It will be 3 rooms; one for visitors, one for us and one for sitting. Then it will be a separate kitchen building,” the Kabaka’s said and smiled to each other.
Also the founder of Holy Trinity Peace village, Bishop Taban Paride, is very happy about their decision to move to Kuron.
“This is the implementation of the dream. We want different tribes to settle to mix with this community to build a true community. Luckily enough his wife is a trained teacher. That is a blessing because we have been looking for teachers,” Paride said.

No tribalism
He tells about the colonial time when the British brought people from all tribes together for work.
“People were brought from all over Sudan. There were communities of different religions and they were living very well together. There was no tribalism. That is why I want to implement that here,” the Bishop explained.
The land of Holy Trinity Peace village is 10 kilometer long, so there is plenty of space for newcomers.
“We are looking for more people to settle here. (…) They will get some small field to cultivate food. We have seen a new way of agriculture and we will assist them with the knowledge we have. They can even sell vegetables, fruit and cassava in a market. They will only come for work when there is some work, instead of depending on a salary. The work they do will be more like volunteering,” Bishop Taban Paride said.