High-pitched ululations, music, dancing and inspiring statements about the power, abilities and rights of women were all parts of an emotional UNMISS essay writing competition award ceremony at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School in Juba.
On 13 April, four teenagers were caught trying to enter the United Nations base in Aweil through the perimeter fence.
It was alleged that one of the teenaged girls had been touched inappropriately by a member of the Nepalese contingent in exchange for money. There was no allegation made of rape.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) deployed a Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Immediate Response Team (IRT) to Aweil to gather information and preserve evidence prior to the launch of an investigation by the Troop Contributing Country concerned.
PETER RING ARIIK
As she was receiving her award as the winner of the UNMISS essay writing competition in Lakes region, 16-year-old Khana Kockedhie Magel said that women can bring lasting peace in South Sudan - if they are given the chance to do so.
Machar Mathiang, 30, sits under a massive mango tree, head slightly tilted with his right hand resting on his temple. He listens attentively to tales about the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, where hundreds of thousands innocent civilians were killed because of their ethnicity.
“Today they are living together side-by-side; not as Hutu or Tutsi, but as Rwandans,” says Benjamin Makur, a Civil Affairs Officer serving at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). “If they can do it, so can you.”
I am concluding a four-day visit in South Sudan during which I had the opportunity to meet with senior Government officials including His Excellency, the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, and a delegation of Cabinet Ministers led by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lomoro.