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18 Oct 2018 description

JACOB RUAI

“We are hoping that the new Peace Agreement will change the current political situation in the country, and that it will unite and reconcile the people of South Sudan” said Nyaroom Ruei, a women’s leader in Nyal, Panyjiar County, adding:

“With the deal, hopefully our children can go back to school and continue with their studies.”

18 Oct 2018 description

UN report urges release of hundreds of abducted civilians

GENEVA / JUBA (18 October 2018) – A UN report has documented the immense suffering of civilians in the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan where 900 people were abducted and 24,000 forced to flee their homes during a surge in violence between April and August.

18 Oct 2018 description

MOSES YAKUDU & LENI KINZLI

Ralf is a businessman in Torit in the Eastern Equatoria region of South Sudan. Of foreign origin, Ralf runs a shop of mixed goods at the town’s main market.

While business has recovered significantly since the crisis in July 2016, traders and local community members live in fear and apprehension of the South Sudan People’s Defence Force (SSPDF).

15 Oct 2018 description

MARTIN SIBA / FILIP ANDERSSON

In response to increased food insecurity mostly caused by conflict, the United Nation’s Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan on Friday led a delegation launching a Partnership for Recovery and Resilience Programme in Yambio, aimed at reconstructing the Western Equatoria region.

12 Oct 2018 description

JACOB RUAI

Residents in Bentiu are calling for action against human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan. Citizens are demanding that perpetrators of such crimes committed during the country’s 5-year civil war be held accountable.

“For us to live in peace, all perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions,” said Nyayuot Yoach, a 35-year-old woman and mother of five children.

“We suffered a lot during the conflict. Many of us were raped by armed groups and killed. Children were recruited by the army,” she added.

11 Oct 2018 description

by Filip Andersson

If school backpacks can transmit as much knowledge to their owners as they seem able to hold to their owners, the 252 girls and boys at Queen’s Nursery and Primary School next to UN House in Juba, some only marginally bigger than their bags, have a bright future.

To promote girl power and progress on the International Day of the Girl Child, female police officers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan visited the school and offered a variety of inspirational activities and revelations.

10 Oct 2018 description

Near Verbatim Transcript of

Media Briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix; the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui; the co-chair of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe; and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Juba Conference Room

UNMISS Tomping Base, Juba - 09 October 2018

Opening Remarks:

09 Oct 2018 description

by Moses Pasi and Leni Kinzli

Activists and members of women’s groups in Juba are insisting on their crucial role to bringing lasting peace to South Sudan, in light of the country’s revitalized peace agreement signed last month in Addis Ababa.

“We need to close the gender gap for women to participate and take on their role as the owners of the agreement,” said Gloria Nyoka, a member of EVE Organization for Women Development.

09 Oct 2018 description

Students from five universities in South Sudan march together on a field at the University of Juba. Marching side-by-side to the festive ring of bugle horns, these pupils are walking on soil that was a battleground just decades ago during South Sudan’s fight for independence from neighboring Sudan.

The once barren ground has now been transformed into a football pitch, where players gathered to kick-off an Inter-University Sports for Peace tournament, organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Inter-University Peace League.

08 Oct 2018 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

Nyamile Malual Jiech walked with her children for five days and nights through violent clashes to reach the safety of the United Nations protection site in Bentiu. Her husband was killed in the fierce clashes in the Unity region.

She described her horror journey to a high-level delegation of African Union and United Nations officials who have travelled from New York to the conflict zone to hear first-hand the challenges faced by the women of South Sudan.

08 Oct 2018 description

BEATRICE MATEGWA

A joint UN and AU delegation on a three-day visit to South Sudan has expressed their solidarity with the people and leadership of the country, saying they are ready to help support the peace agreement signed recently in Addis Ababa.

Their visit is also aimed at addressing “in a stronger manner the challenges facing women and girls” in the country.

04 Oct 2018 description

Members of the organized forces in Torit have pledged to promote human rights to fulfill their responsibility of protecting and serving their local communities. Their renewed commitment comes in the wake of a two-day workshop organized by the United Nations Police (UNPOL) with a focus on human rights, democratic policing, and child protection.

02 Oct 2018 description

MARTIN SIBA

In the village of Akrogbode, grandmother Ana Mario is collecting clean water from a borehole for her family.

She has defied the fear and trauma caused by the ongoing conflict in this Western Equatorian community to remain with her family while hundreds of others have fled. Many have crossed nearby borders as refugees to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

02 Oct 2018 description

JAMES SOKIRI

Community members and internally displaced people residing in Rokon in the Jubek region are urging the warring parties in South Sudan to respect, uphold and implement the newly signed peace pact.

Manowa Ladu Jade, Deputy Chief of Rokon, is cautiously hopeful about the newly signed agreement.

“Very often, I hear that peace is signed, and without knowing why, war breaks out once again shortly thereafter. This time, we demand more than just lip service from our leaders, translating into services on the ground,” he said.

01 Oct 2018 description

JACOB RUAI

Residents of Bentiu in South Sudan’s Unity Region say they are committed to disseminating the recently-signed peace agreement to help the people on the ground understand the peace process.

This pledge was made by a group that participated in a training workshop on the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the agreement on cessation of hostilities, organized by the Mission’s Communications and Public Information Section in Bentiu.

01 Oct 2018 description

LENI KINZLI & MOSES PASI

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and officials from the Jubek State Government have reaffirmed their commitment towards working together to achieve a durable peace in South Sudan.

“I expect we will work together as friends and colleagues. We are partners, and we are here to build the peace and development of South Sudan,” said Geetha Pious, the Head of UNMISS Field Office in Juba, during a one-day workshop with Jubek State officials.

01 Oct 2018 description

Wearing heavy black vests and padding, the female members of the Rwandan Formed Police Unit swelter under the hot Juba sun as they prepare for their entry to the nearby United Nations Protection site.

The female officers belong to a unit of 160 police officers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Fifty per cent of this unit are women. The officers are a reassuring presence for vulnerable women who make up the majority of the internally displaced population that has sought sanctuary at the protection site.

28 Sep 2018 description

Participants at a just-concluded two-day workshop have highlighted an urgent need for the prevention and mitigation of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in South Sudan, raising concerns over the alarming state of SGBV in the country.

26 Sep 2018 description

PETER RING ARIIK KUOL

Young people in the Gok area of South Sudan believe the recently-signed revitalized peace agreement is a significant step forward in the process of ending violence and the enormous suffering of the country’s people.

This strong belief in the peace agreement was expressed at a roundtable discussion on promotion and protection of human rights, organized by Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

25 Sep 2018 description

JANET ADONGO

The streets of Malakal town came to a standstill.

In scenes that have not been witnessed here before, revered Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers walked side by side with displaced persons living at the UN mission’s protection site. Many of those living there, hardly venture into town for fear of harassment by the soldiers. But times are changing.