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20 Feb 2018 description

ATHUAI ALBINO The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in collaboration with the South Sudan National Police Service has launched a renovation project of the Warrap County Police station, valued at 45,783 USD.

“Without proper facilities, it is very difficult for the police to maintain security, and without support from the communities, the police cannot operate peacefully,” said Akol Mabior, chairperson for County Development Committee, commending UNMISS’s support, while calling on the communities to cooperate with the police service in the area.

19 Feb 2018 description

Stalin Gebreselassie

Cattle keepers in the Greater Lakes region have voiced concerns over the ongoing disarmament process in the area. Some fear that weapons will still be readily available, others doubt that the government will be able to protect them from attacks if and when they find themselves unarmed.

19 Feb 2018 description

As of 15 February 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 204,501 including 114,499 in Bentiu, 24,417 in Malakal, 38,113 in Juba UN House, 2,296 in Bor, and 147 in UNMISS base and 25,029 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

18 Feb 2018 description

JANET ADONGO

The World Food Programme (WFP) has accomplished a historical feat by delivering a first load of aid by boat. The barge transported some five hundred metric tons of food on the Nile River from Renk to Malakal for further distribution in other Upper Nile areas struck by food shortages.

The four-day inaugural trip is considered a success by the head of the UN agency’s office in Upper Nile, Callixte Kayitare, who says there is more to come.

16 Feb 2018 description

MOSES YAKUDU AND LENI KINZLI

Orphans in Torit can now drift into their dreams on new bunk beds donated to them on Thursday. The 40 beds were handed over to the Faith Ministry International Orphanage Centre by German Military Liaison Officer Sven Lindner, who works in Torit for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

The robust donation, which was done on behalf of a Germany organization called Lachen Helfen (which literally means Laughing and Helping), will help the orphans sleep peacefully, enabling them to concentrate on their studies.

16 Feb 2018 description

JACOB RUAI The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is financing the renovation and expansion of the airstrip in Rubkona County in the Unity region. When completed, the airport will greatly facilitate the access of humanitarian partners to assist the population in the area.

More than 100,000 people are sheltering at the UN protection of civilians site in Bentiu, where they are receiving food and other essential support from a variety of humanitarian actors.

16 Feb 2018 description

JANET ADONGO

Plans for joint police patrols in Malakal, involving UN and South Sudanese officers, are welcomed by people staying both in town and in the peacekeeping mission’s protection site. Capacity building of South Sudanese police officers is also on the cards.

“I have heard that they are patrolling but I have not seen them yet. I have heard that after curfew at night, police officers patrol in Malakal town to maintain peace and order. If UNMISS joins these patrols I believe even more people will feel safe to go out into town,” says Chuol Kun Rai, adding:

14 Feb 2018 description

FILIP ANDERSSON

As we fly from Bor towards Pibor, we can see her from afar. The whiff of freshly laid tarmac may have been imaginary, but the dirt and gravel road snaking and careening its way through the flat, harsh bush-land below us is very much real, and immensely appreciated.

14 Feb 2018 description

LIATILE PUTSOA

It took Aliza an eleven-hour-long dangerous walk to reach the nearest health care centre.

Arriving in Tonga in northern South Sudan, she and her sick daughter are met by a looted facility.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is looking into ways of addressing the needs of this opposition-controlled area.

Aliza Nyaluit Lowai, a 27-year-old single mother of four, is tired and desperate.

“My baby is ill. I hope we will be able to get some medication because we came from far away,” she says.

13 Feb 2018 description

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in collaboration with the Gogrial State Ministry of Education, has launched a renovation project valued at over $49,000, aimed at improving the learning environment for nearly 800 students of Mayen Gumel primary school.

“We believe that education is the key to knowledge – it is the key to personal and professional success. We believe that education is the only solution and the only road to lasting peace,” said UNMISS head of field office, Anastasie Nyirigira.

13 Feb 2018 description

LENI KINZLI AND MOSES YAKUDU

The South Sudanese towns along the Juba-Nimule road are largely deserted. Beyond the Amee Junction in Pageri County, what remains are damaged schools, health centres, and tukuls (traditional houses) with charred or missing roofs – all testament to the destruction that has visited public and private property, including the offices of the county headquarters.

12 Feb 2018 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

As of 08 February 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 204,501 including 114,499 in Bentiu, 24,417 in Malakal, 38,113 in Juba UN House, 2,296 in Bor, and 147 in UNMISS base and 25,029 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.

12 Feb 2018 description

LIATILE PUTSOA

On the West Bank of the Nile in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan lies Tonga. As civilians are slowly returning to what fighting had turned into a ghost town, so is life and some sort of normalcy.

Tonga is a small town that has witnessed horrors of death following an outbreak of violence between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA-In Opposition (SPLA-IO).

Once a bustling trading post, Tonga was deserted when civilians fled the fighting to seek refuge at UN protection sites, or across the border in neighbouring Sudan.

10 Feb 2018 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

Women politicians in South Sudan are saying “enough is enough”.

They are calling for their voices to be heard and for a more inclusive process that allows women to play a pivotal role in the peace building process.

“Women are the backbone of humanity,” says the chairwoman of the Sudan African National Union (SANU) political party, Theresa Sericio. “It is important that they participate in the peace process so as to incorporate issues of human concern which can bring about the peace that the people of South Sudan are looking for.”

09 Feb 2018 description

LIATILE PUTSOA

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.

09 Feb 2018 description

MANYANG MAYOM

Women and girls in the Gogrial area have been encouraged to get an education and thus minimize the risks they face of being subjected to gender-based violence. The call comes amid reports of an increased number of sexual violence and abuse against females in the Greater Warrap region.

Anastasia Nyirigira, head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan field office in Kuajok, spoke to a number of women at the closure of a two-day workshop held as part of activities conducted to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

08 Feb 2018 description

Without real enforcement of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, and consequences for those who violate it, efforts to support peace and ensure humanitarian access in South Sudan will have only limited impact. That is the assessment of the deputy head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Moustapha Soumaré.

Mr. Soumaré presented these and other observations at the African Union Peace and Security Council Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ababa where the regional body considered the situation in South Sudan.

08 Feb 2018 description

MACH SAMUEL

This week 69 students graduated from the Bor vocational centre created by the South Korean contingent serving the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

The 12-week-long training facilitated by the South Korean engineering company has given the graduates, the sixth batch since the establishment of the vocational centre, skills in areas as diverse as agriculture, carpentry, construction, bakery, welding and electrical engineering.

07 Feb 2018 description

STALIN GEBRESELASSIE

Youth activists in Yirol in the Greater Lakes region call for disarmament, better roads and more attention to youth issues to improve the chances of creating the conditions necessary for durable peace.

“This county is relatively stable, but we do have a lot of challenges,” says Mabor Bol Gach, youth chairperson of in his home county, Nyang.

07 Feb 2018 description

JANET ADONGO

The remote community of Gel Achel, some 100 kilometres southeast of Malakal in the Upper Nile region, stands out for all the right reasons. Here, people from a number of different ethnic groups have developed their own, successful way of achieving peaceful coexistence and cooperation. They call their method “people-to-people grass root dialogue”.