The United Nations' peacekeeping chief has urged South Sudanese political leaders to bring the country back from the “impending abyss” by making the compromises needed to achieve sustainable peace.
Speaking to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York, the Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said the security situation in South Sudan remained a cause for serious concern as violent clashes continued around the country.
Fun and flair were the order of the day as scores of people gathered for the launch of the ‘Stand Up For Someone’s Rights Today’ national campaign in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
The campaign and event at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre was organized by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Through song and dance, poetry and speeches, the messages shared allowed those present to reflect on what they do in their daily lives to defend someone else’s human rights.
A run-down police post in the troubled region of Boma is to be renovated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to help strengthen law and order and provide a secure environment for the local community.
Boma is one of the most volatile regions in the country, which has been suffering ongoing violence since civil war broke out in 2013.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Site
- As of 12 October 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 214,763 including 115,020 in Bentiu, 24,402 in Malakal, 38,448 in Juba UN House, 2,532 in Bor, 651 in Melut and 169 in UNMISS base and 33,541 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
By Mach Samuel
Thousands of families already struggling because of ongoing violence in Pibor are in desperate need of further assistance after severe flooding washed away houses, livestock, and farmland in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.
Torrential rain has caused major damage across the region with the combination of a stream bursting its banks and the overflow from the Kengen, Lothila and Kubal rivers causing massive floods across Pibor.