The Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly in Bentiu is encouraging the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to help to build the capacity of Members of Parliament as part of the peacebuilding effort.
Speaking at a forum organised by UNMISS’ Civil Affairs Division, the Hon. Simon Lieyliey said that parliament was ready to work with UNMISS to restore peace. He said that the provision of workshops to build the skills of MPs would benefit that process because “legislatures are lawmakers who need to be trained.”
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 22 June 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 216,956 including 114,537 in Bentiu, 30,551 in Malakal, 38,448 in Juba UN House, 1,940 in Bor, 651 in Melut and 169 in UNMISS base and 30,660 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
Early this month, over 800 households from Bangasu Boma in Yambio County fled their homes in fear for their lives. The now internally displaced persons (IDPs) are calling on the Government and armed groups to cease hostility and choose peace to enable them go back home to cultivate.
Two teenagers from the area have been abducted and taken to the bush by armed groups.
The Commissioner of Lobonok County, Lt. Col. Hon. Severino Gwerit Kose on Wednesday appealed to humanitarian actors for emergency relief aid for the displaced communities in Karpeto Buma, an area south of Yapa.
Hon. Severino Gwerit said that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are facing a number of challenges which include lack of shelter, food and medicine.
“I am now appealing to humanitarian organizations to come and assist these people who have been displaced recently because they left their gardens; they fear to go back to cultivate because they have trauma.”
LENI KINZLI AND LEAH CHAN
UNMISS commenced a three-day workshop on civil-military relations and community policing on Tuesday. The workshop aims to restore trust and mutual understanding between civilian communities and organized forces in Torit town, the capital of Imotong State. 98 civilians representing 36 ethnic groups residing in Torit, including 32 women, attended the opening ceremony.