Government officials from South Sudan receive training in Hiroshima

by Gosuke Nagahisa, Staff Writer

On February 13, a training program began in Naka Ward, Hiroshima for 25 government officials from South Sudan, where civil war continues to be waged. The organizer of this training is the Hiroshima Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The trainees will remain in Hiroshima until February 17 and learn about the reconstruction of the city and the peace-building activities undertaken by Hiroshima since the atomic bombing.

The trainees are officials aged 24 to 43 who serve in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, and in local governments. On the first day of the training, they shared the challenges they now face, including the slow progress being made to develop the infrastructure of their society and the school system.

They will seek ideas for resolving these issues through the training activities, including a lecture on Hiroshima’s recovery after the atomic bombing. Bol Mawien Deng Atency, 35, an official from the Ministry of Public Health, said he would like to learn about the actions that were taken by the national government and local government in the process of reconstructing Hiroshima.

South Sudan split from Sudan and became independent in 2011. Since then, because of the civil war, it has faced ongoing instability. The first training for government officials from South Sudan was held last year, and this is the second training program.

(Originally published on February 14, 2017)