Examinations for students transitioning from primary to secondary school have kicked off in South Sudan with more than 40,000 taking part across the country.
In the capital Juba, 640 students from five primary schools in the United Nations Protection of Civilians site near the UN base are among those who will take the examinations.
Soccer stars are usually driven by a desire to compete, but in a special match in South Sudan’s capital on Human Rights Day, they used their shared passion for sport to come together in unity.
The football match was one of a number of events on the day, including cultural and traditional performances, promoting the need for greater respect for human rights in a country where there have been many violations and abuses during the four-year civil war.
The Chair of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission, Nyuol Justin Yaac said many people were suffering as a result.
Two victims of a wildfire are receiving life-saving medical attention at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan hospital in Bor, in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.
The two women, who suffered third-degree burns, were caught in the wildfire while collecting grass to thatch their roofs in Kolnyang village.
Mathew Magok, a close relative of one of the victims, thanked the Sri Lankan peacekeepers for the “lifesaving interventions”.
“We are trying to cope with the situation. UNMISS has done its part. They gave us some medicine,” said Magok.
A small community in Kidepo Valley in the Eastern Equatorian region of South Sudan has formed a Community Peace Committee in an effort to stop cattle rustling as well as fighting among residents over grazing land and water points.
In an area where revenge killings and attacks were becoming increasingly common, UNMISS Field Office in Torit together with the Eastern Bank Adolescent Group Organization facilitated a one-day peace dialogue and two days of conflict management training to help promote peace in the area.
Indian veterinarians have carried out a special camp to help local farmers and cattle breeders prevent disease and raise healthy livestock in Malakal, northern South Sudan.
The veterinarians, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, have been running similar camps across the region and noticed during patrols to Malakal town that many animals required urgent medical assistance.