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08 Dec 2017 description

MACH SAMUEL The outgoing commander of the UN Mission’s peacekeeping forces in the Jonglei region is appealing to the people and authorities of South Sudan to end the violence and build sustainable peace.

Jonglei, in the Upper Nile region, has been the site of a number of violent clashes related to cattle raiding, child abduction, and inter-communal revenge killing since the civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013.

08 Dec 2017 description

Clasping hands and raising their voices in unison, over 90 participants of a gender symposium chanted slogans calling for an end to gender-based violence in Imatong at the end of a 2-day event in Torit.

The Torit Guest House, a small conference hall in the heart of the town, was brimming with representatives from government, civil society, women’s groups, youth associations, and army ranks, engaging on the topic of “Male Engagement in Ending Gender-Based Violence”.

07 Dec 2017 description

Juba Conference Room
UNMISS Tomping Site - Juba
07 December, 2017

Introduction by Francesca Mold:

Let me start by briefly introducing the UN Assistant Secretary-General Jane Connors, before handing over to her to make some introductory remarks about her role and her visit to South Sudan. We will be happy to take your questions, if you please state your name and the news agency you represent when you ask your questions we would appreciate that.

07 Dec 2017 description

MACH SAMUEL

Women in Bor are demanding empowerment through education as a way to help them combat early and forced marriage in the conflict-affected country of South Sudan.

The women were taking part in a leadership forum organized as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign against gender-based violence by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s gender unit in Bor, a town in the Jonglei region.

06 Dec 2017 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

With one in every four women experiencing some form of gender-based violence on a daily basis in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in the country has reiterated its commitment to working with communities across the country to combat the problem.

Approximately 98 per cent of reported incidents of gender-based violence affect women and girls in the conflict-ridden country and, in most instances, there is no accountability for the perpetrator or enforcement of victims’ rights to remedy and reparation.

05 Dec 2017 description

FELIX FRANCIS KATIE

Army officers serving in the troubled Equatorian region of Maridi have committed to respecting and promoting the human rights of all citizens during a training session provided by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

The two-day training was provided to 40 officers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army to inform them about how to carry out their duties according to the rule of law, code of military justice and the right to freedom of expression.

05 Dec 2017 description

ADEBAYO AYOKUNLE

A team of United Nations volunteers have come together to touch the lives of the people they serve in South Sudan by embarking on a special personal donation drive to mark International Volunteer Day in Jonglei.

There are 27 volunteers serving in the Jonglei region for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. They decided to make their special day about others rather than themselves in the spirit of volunteerism, which is all about giving.

05 Dec 2017 description

Dear Media Colleagues,

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Victims’ Rights Advocate, Ms. Jane Connors, is visiting South Sudan and will hold a press conference on Thursday 7th of December 2017 at 9am.
As Victims’ Rights Advocate, Ms. Connors’ role is to support a UN system-wide strategic response to the rights and needs of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. During her visit, she is meeting with UNMISS personnel, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, international and national NGOs, government institutions and civil society.

05 Dec 2017 description

Thousands of civilians are in need of humanitarian assistance following an attack in Duk Payuel village last Tuesday which killed at least sixty-eight people and left 19 critically injured.

Local authorities and a team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) visited the scene of the deadly attacks in the Jonglei region of South Sudan, which has forced some 13,000 displaced civilians to flee to neighbouring villages.

04 Dec 2017 description

ZENEBE TEKLEWOLD

In an effort to step up the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS, voluntary counselling and testing was offered to mark World AIDS Day in Wau, in northwestern South Sudan.

UN peacekeepers and health partners set up mobile voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) stations in residential and public areas around the town including the main market area.

The public was encouraged to test and people living with HIV to seek treatment to avoid complications.

04 Dec 2017 description

NYANG TOUCH

The call for all South Sudanese to know their right to health and their HIV status so they can receive treatment if necessary was at the heart of events held in Malakal to mark World AIDS Day.

In the protection of civilians site next to the United Nations base in Malakal, thousands of people came together on World AIDS Day to watch educative dramatic performances, cultural songs, and sports events focusing on the impact of HIV/AIDS and calling for communities to accept those who are affected by the virus.

04 Dec 2017 description

MANYANG MAYOM

Local authorities have joined forces with the United Nations in the Bahr el Ghazal region to combat violence against women during a 16-day international campaign dedicated to eliminating gender-based violence.

Many women in communities like Tonj, Gogrial and Twic in the north-west of the country are suffering from physical and sexual violence because of the ongoing conflict.

04 Dec 2017 description

LIATILE PUTSOA

While progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been made, “it is not good enough, people are still dying,” says the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Speaking at the World AIDS Day commemoration at the UN base in Juba, David Shearer, who is the Special Representative to the Secretary-General, says that while great strides have been made to test and treat people for HIV in South Sudan, there is still a lot that has to be done to combat the “disease that affects everybody, including children”.

04 Dec 2017 description

ZENEBE TEKLEWOLD

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Wau, in northwestern South Sudan, to march in support of an international campaign to eliminate violence against women and to end child marriage.

At an event marking the beginning of 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan acting Head of Field Office for Wau, said it was vital that the government, local authorities, and communities worked together to improve the safety and security of girls and women.

01 Dec 2017 description

NYANG TOUCH

A campaign to end violence against women and girls as well as child marriage in South Sudan has kicked off in Malakal with a colourful cultural event at the protection of civilians site next to the United Nations base.

30 Nov 2017 description

JANET ADONGO

A major project to repair 205 kilometers of road from Malakal to Melut, in the north of South Sudan, is underway by Indian engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in the conflict-affected country.

The main road has been virtually impassable since the onset of the rainy season in May, which effectively cut off the main supply route between the two towns.

30 Nov 2017 description

DAVID MAJUR AWUOU

Women from all Greater Bor communities converge in the Jonglei Women’s Association center to officially launch and celebrate the 16 days of activism.

16 days of activism is an annual campaign which enlightens and raises awareness among the population on gender based violence. The United Nations and other international agencies working in Jonglei state are supporting the launch and commemorations in Bor.

30 Nov 2017 description

MANYANG MAYOM

Hundreds of women from rural villages in Tonj have gathered together to call for better education for girls and the opening up of adult training and learning opportunities for South Sudanese women.

The women took part in a training session about gender-based violence, facilitated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s Gender Unit, as part of the international campaign of 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women.

29 Nov 2017 description

Civil society organizations are being urged to play an active and positive role in promoting human rights in South Sudan as part of their response to an international periodic review of the country’s human rights record.

29 Nov 2017 description

The killing of “innocent civilians” in the Jonglei region of South Sudan has been condemned as “horrific” by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the country, David Shearer.

Reports suggest that around 45 people were killed and 19 injured when members of the Murle ethnic group attacked a Dinka village on Tuesday.