Traditional huts, or tukul, of bamboo, mud brick and thatched roof stand strong.
Women wait in line at the borehole for their turn to fill yellow jerricans with water.
A group of men sit under a tree chatting about politics and what’s happening in the community.
This is Kochethey, a well-established settlement outside Bentiu town in the north of South Sudan.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
- As of 10 August 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 218,869 including 114,683 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 32,427 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
Through its quick impact project programme, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, is providing a supply of clean water to violence-affected communities across the country.
Residents of Munuki community on the outskirts of capital Juba, relied on water drawn by hand from a well that was often contaminated. With the construction of a new water system, funded by UNMISS, residents now have access to clean water on a turn of a tap.
The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, has expressed his gratitude to Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs for the country’s contribution to the protection of civilians and building of durable peace in South Sudan.
Speaking during a visit by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, to UNMISS in the capital, Juba, David Shearer acknowledged the doubling of Germany’s humanitarian aid contribution to US$90 million.
The Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has insisted that the mission maintains a “zero tolerance approach” to the militarization of camps for people displaced by conflict and that the camps remain civilian in nature.
David Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, was speaking in Bentiu in the north of the country, where some 115,000 people are currently living in the Mission’s largest Protection of Civilians site or POC.