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JUBA (11 December 2017) – Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan today began their fourth field mission to South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia which will last from 11 to 22 December 2017.
The 160-kilometre journey from the capital of South Sudan to the town of Yei in the south-west of the country should take no more than a couple of hours.
But war and weather have damaged the main route from Juba so badly that it has been largely impassable for months. It is not just the roads that have been washed away in the torrential downpours during rainy season but also important infrastructure, making it impossible for motorists, including traders, to travel safely.
UN report exposes human rights violations and abuses against civilians in and around Yei, South Sudan
GENEVA/JUBA (19 May 2017) - A United Nations report published today released the findings of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations and abuses committed in and around Yei town, Central Equatoria (150km southwest of the capital, Juba) between July 2016 and January 2017.
Up to 75 per cent of people living in Imatong state may have left their homes because they cannot get enough to eat, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, has been told by community leaders in Torit.
Mr Shearer was visiting Torit on Thursday, his first mission to the capital of the state.
Torit has largely been spared the worst of the 2013 outbreak of conflict in South Sudan but since July 2016 has been considered a flashpoint by the UN after heavy fighting between the government SPLA and opposition forces.
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The refugee office in Uganda says it has been receiving an influx of up to 4,000 South Sudanese refugees every day for the past one week. Apollo Kazungu, the commissioner for refugees in the office of the Prime Minister in Uganda, says the new arrivals are mainly women and children coming from Kajo-Keji.
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, has launched a public awareness campaign, to encourage community support for education targeting South Sudanese refugee children in Uganda.
The campaign has kicked off in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement camp, which according to UNHCR is one of the largest refugee-hosting areas in the world.
Charles Yaxley, External Relations Officer for UNHCR in Uganda, told Radio Miraya that the campaign urges community leaders to play an active role in promoting its goals.
As the number of South Sudanese seeking safety in Uganda clocks nearly 100 thousand, according to UNHCR estimates, concerns are mounting about the continued strained relations between the South Sudanese refugee seeking safety in Uganda.
The Coordinator of the Transitional Justice working group, Mr. Amanya Joseph, told Miraya Breakfast Show, that the set-up of refugee camps across the east African region has largely been on tribal basis, with no opportunity for people to interact with each other, understand each other’s culture and even engage each other as south Sudanese.
12 February 2015 - The people of Kajo-Keji County are exploring ways of peacefully settling a border conflict with neighboring people in the Moyo district of northern Uganda.
The effort follows clashes between the Ma’di of Moyo and the Kuku of Kajo-Keji between 15 and 19 September 2014 that left scores of people dead on both sides of the border.
25 September 2014 - Assisting South Sudanese uprooted by communal violence which started on 15 September at the country’s border with Uganda, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began distributing relief items this week.
The conflict between communities in Kajo-Keji County and Uganda’s Moyo district left almost 12,000 South Sudanese refugees displaced and forced to return to their country, according to Kajo-Keji County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Secretary Henry Sokiri,
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23 May 2014 - Seeking to end Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) atrocities, a regional conference that concluded in the Western Equatoria capital Yambio today resolved to call on its combatants to surrender.
Treating those who surrendered well would send a clear message to others still in the bush to hand themselves over, said state Deputy Governor Sapana Abuyi.
13 January 2014 - When Rebecca Gak heard shooting on 18 December, she ran from her small restaurant in the Jonglei State capital Bor, picked up her infant son and two daughters and fled.
Her husband would follow later, she hoped.
Somewhere in the bushes, Ms. Gak realized that her five and eight-year old daughters were no longer running with her. She’d lost them. Knowing it was pointless to turn back and not knowing where to find them, she continued with the child she had.
12 January 2014 - There was nothing for South Sudanese people to celebrate on 9 January this year, a South Sudanese refugee now living at a camp in Uganda’s Arua District said recently.
“Maybe people are celebrating in other states,” said Thomas Kueith, who hails from Jonglei State and is now living with his family of eleven under the open skies in Arua’s Rhino Camp. “We fled from conflict in (the Jonglei capital) Bor. What is there to celebrate about the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)?”
18 September 2012 - To assist in hunting down Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, some 2,500 soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) today joined the African Union (AU) Regional Task Force.
Abou Moussa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), welcomed 500 soldiers from the SPLA and 2,000 soldiers from the UPDF in Yambio, Western Equatoria State.
17 July 2012 - The UNMISS Rwandan battalion was deploying to several areas in Western Equatoria State previously affected by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the mission’s top official said today in Yambio.
“They are going to be in Tombura, Yambio and Ezo and they will take action if citizens are under threat,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Hilde F. Johnson said at an UNMISS press conference during her one-day visit to the capital.
24 March 2012 – The African Union (AU) and the UN Office for Central Africa today unveiled a regional task force in Juba aimed at eliminating the Lord’s Resistance Army and capturing its leader Joseph Kony.
“It is time to deal with them and bring them to book, arrest their leader for the atrocities he has committed in South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” said the South Sudanese Minister of Interior, Alison Manani Magaya, as he opened the ceremony.
9 March 2012 – Representing a historic moment, Western Equatoria State’s Transitional Constitution was signed and the state governor sworn in today in the capital Yambio.
The constitution was signed by Governor Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, whose swearing in was then officiated by Western Equatoria High Court Judge Clement Juma Gogomia and State Legeslative Assembly Speaker Bukulu Edwards.
Governor Bakasoro emphasized education as a major challenge affecting the majority of Western Equatoria people, but especially women in rural areas.
15 November 2011- To assess what activities UNMISS might perform in Kajo-Keji County, Central Equatoria State, a 17-member mission team headed by State Coordinator Hendrik Bruyn visited the area from 14 to 15 November.
“The purpose of the visit is…to look around and see what work might be needed (by the county) in the context of the new mission,” Hendrik Bruyn told Kajo-Keji County Commissioner Muki Batali Buli at his office in Mere.