PETER RING KUOL
Local leaders, youth and women of the Gak and Manuer sections in the counties of Aloor and Malueeth in the Greater Lakes region have unanimously agreed to end five years of inter-communal conflict that has claimed at least fifty lives.
Protracted conflict and below-average rainfall likely to drive increased acute food insecurity
“There are tough, tough times ahead”
It has been exactly half a decade since armed men stormed Matok Kuol’s home and murdered his family. The images of their bullet-riddled bodies remain singed in his memory.
“I’m not okay in my head,” explained Kuol, 23, speaking at the UN-run displacement camp in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, where he now lives. “I’m always stressed.”
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(Juba, 13 December 2018): The humanitarian community in South Sudan has today launched an appeal for US$1.5 billion to provide urgent and life-saving assistance to 5.7 million people affected by conflict, hunger and displacement.
Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, said: “As we prepare to enter 2019, South Sudan remains in the grip of a serious humanitarian crisis. The cumulative effects of years of conflict and violence against civilians has destroyed people’s homes and livelihoods.
Since 2013, South Sudan has been plagued by armed conflicts marked by widespread sexual violence, forced displacements and food insecurity. The Norwegian Refugee Council calls for full implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.
“For every year the fighting continues, people become increasingly vulnerable. Leaders of conflicting parties must now ensure full implementation and earnest commitment to the revitalized peace process to bring a final end to this brutal conflict,” said Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council Rehana Zawar.
December 12, 2018 (YAMBIO) - Hundreds of citizens and the commanders of SPLA-IO based in Rirangu Payam Wednesday celebrate in Yambio the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan.
The peace celebration attracted many people who come to Yambio Freedom Squares where they met with the SPLA-IO fighters who took guns and entered the bush to fight the government forces Gbudue and Tombura states.
JUBA, South Sudan, December 13, 2018 – Fifteen thousand children remain separated from their families or missing, five years after conflict first broke out in South Sudan. More than four million people have been uprooted by the fighting, the majority of them children. Since the conflict began UNICEF and partners have reunited close to 6,000 children with their parents or caregivers.
Statement from Mercy Corps Country Director for South Sudan, Janardhan Rao, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the conflict in South Sudan
Following the signing of the peace agreement in September, there is some cause for optimism following five years of war in South Sudan. Though we cannot afford to be cynical about peace - too many lives depend on it - we must be realistic. Implementing the peace agreement and maintaining peace in a country that has known only war will be the bigger challenge for many, many years to come.
“Human Rights oiye… oiye, oiye!!!!, shouted William Kuichiang from South Sudan’s Human Rights Commission in Bentiu, as he rallied those attending a celebration of those very rights.
“Human rights oiyee, human rights oiye,” responded the men, women and students attending the event, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“South Sudan needs a strong legal system that will judge civilians and military who abuse the rights of women,” Kuichiang continued.
11 December 2018
A series of special projects funded by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan are improving the lives of communities across the country by providing access to clean water, education and healthcare, safe houses for vulnerable women, and strengthening the justice system to hold perpetrators of sexual violence to account.
12 December 2018, Juba—“Very soon we are going to have a constitutional court in South Sudan, and work is in progress to incorporate the signed peace agreement into the constitution. This is one of the demands in the peace agreement that there should be a separate and independent constitutional court established in South Sudan,” said noted scholar and teacher of law Professor Deng Awur while presiding over the launch of a new publication, Casebook on Constitutional Litigation.
Juba, 10th December 2018: Over 800 people including high government officials, Hon. Minister of Education, Gender and Social Welfare, Advisor to the Governor on Gender, Peace and Reconciliation, Commissioner of Yambio County, Members of Parliament, representatives of UNFPA, UNDP, traditional authority, women, men and school children attended on the 6th of December 2018 the launch of the 16 Days of Activism, in Gangura, one of the South Sudan’s Payam (lowest level of administrative level) in former Western Equatoria state, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo.
by JAMES SOKIRI
“If we don’t stand firm to end this war, we shall have no future. Young girls are being raped every day, yet grandmothers are not spared either. I do not know where we are heading as a nation.”
The passionate appeal of Alice Kiden David, a soldier and nurse of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), is perfectly understandable. She has witnessed what war does to a country and its people. She fears that she may lost her son to violence.
Five years of conflict and economic crisis in South Sudan has plunged more than half of the population into severe food insecurity, triggering widespread population displacement. Following the 2018 launch of ACTED’s Mobile Team, those displaced are now able to play a leading role in managing the response.
David Loa Eperit
In her home village in South Sudan’s Yei River state, Poni Beida, 32, farmed while caring for her husband and five young children.
Then, in July 2016, everything changed: armed men stormed the village, gunned down her husband and mother-in-law, and forced the family to flee to a UN-run camp for internally displaced people in the capital, Juba, some 150 kilometres away.
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December 10, 2018 (JUBA) - December South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has directed to ensure that the returnees can regain possession of their homes when they return to their areas of origin.
The directive was announced Monday after a meeting of the National Security Committee Council (NSCC) chaired by President Kiir held at the presidency in Juba on Monday.
The Minister of Interior and NSCC Spokesperson Michael Chienjiek said the Council listened to the security reports from the chief of defence forces, and other security organs.
JUBA, South Sudan (December 10, 2018): As the world reacts with shock to the horrific attacks on 157 women and girls in Bentiu on November 30, CARE International has weighed in calling for the perpetrators of the sexual violence to be brought to book.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 06 December 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 194,916 including 114,469 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,113 in Juba UN House, 2,284 in Bor, and 116 in UNMISS base and 16,744 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
They came before dawn.
Arriving in Freedom Square in the murky pre-morning light, hundreds of athletes stretched their legs and jogged on the spot as they prepared to challenge themselves and each other in a 10-kilometre race around the streets of South Sudan’s capital city.
December 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has started a series of meetings with the Sudanese parties to discuss ways to amend the Roadmap Agreement (RMA) for peace in Sudan.
But, the SPLM-N Agar warned that Khartoum has already bypassed the mediation’s proposal by adopting the electoral law.
In September 2018, the AUHIP called to review the roadmap which was signed by the government in March 2016 and the opposition alliance in August of the same year saying the conditions have changed after over two and half years.