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25 May 2018 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

It is a long way from her home on the beautiful Pacific island of Fiji to the conflict-ridden country of South Sudan. But the United Nation’s new Police Commissioner is bringing with her the natural warmth of her people as well as a huge amount of experience to the top job.

22 May 2018 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

The pain of the people of South Sudan who have endured five years of civil war was palpable during an inter-faith prayer session at peace talks underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Priests and members of their congregations wept as they prayed for political leaders to find a compromise, to reconcile, and work together to build lasting peace.

22 May 2018 description

UNMISS Protection of Civilians (PoC) Sites

As of 17 May 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 203,723 including 116,725 in Bentiu, 24,417 in Malakal, 39,405 in Juba UN House, 2,296 in Bor, and 178 in UNMISS base and 20,702 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

21 May 2018 description

PETER ARIIK KUOL

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan together with the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek have begun the extensive work of turning the prison in Cueibet in the Greater Lakes region into a facility more likely to prevent inmates from escaping. Hygiene among staff and prisoners is also expected to improve.

21 May 2018 description

“This water project will benefit thousands of citizens in our area and the children will be less affected by water-borne diseases,” a grateful Mr. Gaak Manyang, executive director of Meen County in Western Lakes, said.

The water solar pipe system is one of many Quick Impact Projects – low-cost, big-impact interventions – delivered by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to local communities across the country.

19 May 2018 description

FILIP ANDERSSON

“If they send us to one of the bad schools we have here in Pibor I may decide to go back to the bush,” says 14-year-old Nyichuoc.

On Thursday 17 May, Nyichuoc was one of 210 child soldiers who were released in Pibor in the Greater Jonglei area. In a single sentence she has pinpointed one the greatest challenges involved in the upcoming process of reintegrating the former child soldiers:

19 May 2018 description

ATHUAI ALBINO

A joint effort to clear unexploded mines and ammunition, and to educate people about the risks of remnants of war, is helping keep cattle herders and local communities safe in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal region of South Sudan.

A patrol involving a team from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) visited Majak-Joong, a cattle camp located in the far north of the country, near the border with Sudan and Abyei.

18 May 2018 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has urged leaders of the conflict-ridden country to put their people first and seize the opportunity to compromise, reconcile, and build durable peace.

Speaking at the High-Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa, David Shearer described the human suffering that he had witnessed during a recent visit to the Unity region of South Sudan, which has been plagued by escalating violence.

18 May 2018 description

PETER ARIIK KUOL

As a young woman living amidst ongoing violence in South Sudan, Mary Adeng believes her future depends on a good education that can give her the opportunity to reach her full potential.

However, the 14-year-old says that the pressure for teenaged girls like her to marry at an early age puts her access to education at risk.

18 May 2018 description

JAMES SOKIRI

The gifting of two new boreholes to the Ladu community in the capital Juba will help reduce inter-communal tension over scarce water resources in the area. They will also support the irrigation of crops and development of new businesses in nearby villages.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) installed the boreholes near Ilikore and Gwori villages as one of its Quick Impact Projects, which are designed to make a swift and significant impact on the lives of civilians at minimal cost and to help bring communities together.

17 May 2018 description

Up to 150 peacekeepers are being rapidly redeployed to the Unity region to boost the UN Mission’s efforts to protect civilians being deliberately targeted by warring parties. “What we are witnessing on the ground is the deliberate killing of civilians as well as the sexual violation and abduction of women and children. Homes and livelihoods are being systematically destroyed in a way that prevents families returning to their homes and being able to support themselves,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer.

16 May 2018 description

LIATILE PUTSOA

It is a beautiful sunny morning with clear blue skies. A different day compared to the heavy rains and storm that hit Bor town only a few days ago.

The rains caused flooding at Imperial High School, a school in the Jonglei region of South Sudan, forcing it to temporarily close and interrupting examinations for 380 students.

Two modest structures made from corrugated iron which house classes for Senior 1 to Senior 4 students were submerged in water making it impossible for the students to sit the remaining seven exams.

16 May 2018 description

LIATILE PUTSOA

A group of children living in the United Nations Protection of Civilians site in Bor dig up soil and fill up old pots and empty rusted tins of powdered milk.

They carry these pots on their heads as they make their way across an improvised bridge in murky waters to help stop the flow pouring into their homes to rescue what little remains.

14 May 2018 description

The 30-year-old is a mother of five and all she wants for her children is “a better life and future”.

But that is a difficult ambition to achieve in South Sudan which has been plagued by violence since civil war broke out in 2013. In her community in the Jonglei region, there is ongoing fighting as well as the constant challenge of accessing much-needed aid, including food, clean water and medical care.

11 May 2018 description

(New York, 11 May 2018) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, strongly condemn the recent escalation of violence in former Unity state and urge all parties to end the attacks against civilians, especially women and children.

11 May 2018 description

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General - David Shearer
Press Conference
Thursday 10 May 2018 - UN Tomping Base in Juba, South Sudan.

Good morning and thanks for coming along today.

I am looking forward to catching up with you all after the press conference for an informal chat. But first, I thought it would be good to update you on a couple of key issues facing the Mission and then answer any questions you might have.

11 May 2018 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

Nyalei Yar has lived at a temporary protection site next to a small United Nations base in the Unity region of South Sudan for three years.

She has no expectation of returning to her former home, as violence continues to plague the area. A recent surge in fighting has forced even more people to flee to the camp. The site previously held about 600 internally displaced people – it now provides sanctuary to almost 1800.

09 May 2018 description

MACH SAMUEL

Peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have donated an assortment of some 30 different types of health-improving medicines to the main hospital and prison in Bor in the Greater Jonglei region.

Military contingents from India, South Korea, Ethiopia, Nepal and Sri Lanka, donated the medication in response to requests made by the administrations of the health and prison institutions respectively.

02 May 2018 description

FILIP ANDERSSON

As our helicopter approaches Leer in northern South Sudan, all one can see is eerily empty, dry, sun-stricken land. The people we meet on the ground, however, have a different story to tell. It is one of human suffering on an unimaginable scale. Escalating fighting and brutality in the area may compromise the next, widely believed to be decisive, round of peace talks in Addis Ababa.

02 May 2018 description

The surge of violence in South Sudan's Unity region "looks set to continue despite the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that was signed last year," according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS), David Shearer.

He made his comments during a visit to Leer and Dublual in the Unity region to see first-hand the impact of the deteriorating security situation on communities.