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29 Nov 2018 description


As the United Nations plane heads towards the town of Renk, the pilot informs all those on board that he needs to do a quick flyover of the airstrip to ensure it is in good enough shape to accommodate a landing.

He expertly steers the aircraft down towards the ground so that he can do a low sweep along the runway checking for any potholes or subsidence.

Once the check is complete and he is satisfied it is safe, he veers back up into the skies doing a sharp turn to circle the area before lining up the runway again and touching down safely.

21 Jun 2018 description


Nineteen-year-old Monyjok Malual Marial describes life in Kakuma refugee camp, in the Northern part of neighbouring Kenya, as difficult. After years in exile, he decided to return to his origins in Malakal – only to discover that resuming life in South Sudan is hardly a walk in the park either.

08 Jun 2018 description


As a tangible indicator of relative calm in the area, a large number of civilians have decided to leave camps in neighbouring Sudan and elsewhere to return to Kodok town in the Upper Nile region. The need for humanitarian assistance is increasing.

09 Feb 2018 description


A team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has just concluded a three-day patrol of rebel-held Tonga – a strategic area in the northern Upper Nile region of South Sudan – to obtain a first-hand situational update on the security and humanitarian situation.

“Tonga is an area we haven’t traditionally had a presence in. We wanted to go in there to get an understanding of what the situation is like,” said UNMISS head and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer.

02 Feb 2018 description

It is a long journey from the capital Juba to reach remote communities on the West Bank of the Nile.

First, it takes an early morning flight to Malakal over its large United Nations protection site, then a short hop via helicopter to Kodok, and finally an hour-long ride with the Bangladeshi riverine patrol.

The trip is an opportunity for the Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to assess potential sites for a new peacekeeping base. There are a number of factors in favour of establishing a presence in Kodok.

22 Dec 2017 description


Bashir Hamid is a cattle keeper from Misseriya, a nomadic community living in the border zone between Sudan and South Sudan.

In the dry season, the 56-year-old and his people migrate across the border into Dinka territory of South Sudan to graze and water their cattle. Historically, this has caused significant tension and, at times, violent clashes between the two communities.

Since 1991, Bashir Hamid has been involved with various initiatives to keep the peace between the groups.

01 Aug 2017 description

I had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Deng Alor.

He explained to me the evolution of the initiatives that are currently underway to advance peace in South Sudan, the importance of the IGAD initiative regarding the revitalization of the implementation of the peace agreement and the efforts that are being conducted by neighboring countries, such as Uganda, to bring stakeholders closer together.

30 Mar 2017 description

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country’s more “stable states,” the head of UN peacekeeping in South Sudan, UNMISS, has said.

David Shearer, the UN’s most senior official in the country, was speaking during a visit to Aweil in the north of South Sudan.

15 Feb 2017 description

Luk Riek Nyak

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has facilitated a unique two-day-long peace forum in Pariang, north of Bentiu. The dialogue was the first time that the peacekeeping mission brought together representatives of both the local community and Sudanese nomads, who seasonally move in to the area in search of pasture for their animals.

The dialogue was attended by a total of 57 people, including legislators, traditional chiefs, religious leaders, women, youths and representatives from the nomadic Falata and Misseriya communities.

11 Sep 2016 description

The UN envoy for Sudan and South Sudan has cautioned the two neighbors against actions that could undermine peace and stability within and between them.

“One has to recognize that the internal situations in both Sudan and South Sudan can impact on the capacity for both countries to interact,” Nicholas Haysom told Radio Miraya after a meeting with the authorities in Juba.

“We know already that there are mutual accusations about each interfering in the internal affairs of the other, principally by supporting insurgent groups,” he noted.

11 Nov 2014 description

10 November 2014 - The first convoy of food assistance moved through Sudan to South Sudan had arrived in Upper Nile State through Sudan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.

The convoy consisted of 18 trucks transporting 700 metric tons of food, which WFP said would be enough to feed about 45,000 people for a month.

Welcoming the safe arrival of the convoy, WFP also noted that it marked the opening of a humanitarian corridor to enable delivery of food assistance to South Sudan through Sudan.

15 May 2014 description

15 May 2014 - South Sudan’s national football team, Bright Star, leaves Juba today for Maputo to participate in its first ever African Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition on Sunday, 18 May.

The team, ranked 201 (out of 207) by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), will lock horns with Mozambique’s Os Mambas team at the Stadio do Zimpeto in a two-leg preliminary series of games.

11 Nov 2013 description

8 November 2013 – Prior to taking up posts in Upper Nile refugee camps, South Sudan police today concluded a two-month training conducted by UN Police (UNPOL) in Bunj, Maban County.

The 31 South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) officers learned about criminal law, women and children’s rights, community policing, local and international law, including refugee legislation, and the justice system.

13 Sep 2013 description

The South Sudan Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) and UNHCR have begun the relocation of Sudanese refugees from Upper Nile State to Ajuong Thok in Unity State.

The first group of 182 refugees left the Upper Nile State capital Malakal in a boat on Sunday, bound for Rubkona in Unity State.They were accompanied by an official of the CRA and a nurse working with the national non-governmental organisation Humane Development Council.

28 May 2013 description

24 May 2013 - Sudanese nomads currently grazing in Unity state have agreed with their hosts to pay compensation of 75 cattle for intentional killing and 50 for unintentional murder.

The agreement was reached during a three-day migration workshop in Bentiu, which ended today.

Misseriya Senior Chief Khier Ismail Khier said the conference had sparked a new feeling of coexistence and peace among nomads and host communities, which he hoped would continue.

06 Dec 2012 description

5 December 2012 - As the 110,000 refugees in Upper Nile State pressured local residents, the relationship between them and host communities must be carefully managed, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan said today in Maban County.

Speaking to refugees and host community leaders in the state, Toby Lanzer said the United Nations would continue to work closely with host communities to assist and maintain refugee camps.

27 Sep 2012 description

24 September 2012 - Recognizing the urgent need for medical transport in Unity State, UNMISS Mongolian battalion engineers repaired out-of-service ambulances at Bentiu Hospital today.

The ambulances, which broke down two years ago, had been grounded at Unity State’s only referral hospital.

Bentiu Hospital Director Dr. Simon John Deng lauded the battalion, describing their gesture as life-saving. “This will make our job much easier. We can now respond in a timely manner in situations where ambulance services are needed.”

20 Sep 2012 description

18 September 2012 - The first of its kind in South Sudan, a “peace centre” opened today in Gok Machar, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State, to serve as a joint court for chiefs of host and Arab nomadic communities in the state.

“This peace centre is enduring testimony to what cooperation among neighbours can achieve,” Northern Bahr El-Ghazal Acting Governor Brig. Gen. Madut Dut Yel told representatives of the Dinka Malual of Northern Bahr El-Ghazal and Rizeigat of Southern Darfur at the opening.

17 Sep 2012 description

In the thick forests of South Sudan’s Western Bahr El-Ghazal State lies a small village called Getty, spread over fertile swathes of land that had once served as battlefields.

Majok Madut has been cultivating this terrain for two years, toiling steadily alongside his family, until the day his spade scraped against something hard and metallic -- unexploded ammunition.

As more explosive remnants were uncovered, Mr. Madut grew fearful of tending his field.

07 Jul 2012 description

6 July 2012 - The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan should urgently meet and enter into dialogue in resolving ongoing disputes, the Elders said today in Juba.

“Dialogue is the only way to resolve differences and to build two viable states,” said Elders Chair Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. “Military force is a dead end, promising nothing but suffering and misery.”

Accompanying Archbishop Tutu were Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, and former Irish President Mary Robinson.