MOSES PASI & BEATRICE MATEGWA
Close to 700 South Sudanese marched through the country’s capital Juba in commemoration of the International Day of Peace, embracing the day’s theme, ‘Peace is a Human Right’.
Determined marchers stepped to the beat of beautifully orchestrated music by a brass-band from the South Sudan Wildlife Service.
Pibor was long known as the Wild West of South Sudan because of cattle rustling and age-set fighting. The effects of peace processes supported by FCA have enabled the town’s market to flourish and opened the people’s eyes to livelihood opportunities.
The rays of the evening sun caress the town of Pibor and inhabitants are washing themselves by the river at the end of a hot day. FCA’s finance administrator Moses Ludoru greets passers-by on his evening walk. His easy laughter is contagious.
• Since the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the opposition groups on 5 August in Khartoum, incidents of armed conflict have reduced significantly. However, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) has accused government and SPLA-iO pro-Machar forces of violating the Permanent Ceasefire, following reported clashes in Unity and Bringi on 19 and 21 August, respectively.
- Away from South Sudan, they are determined to start a new life by learning new skills.
By JONATHAN KAMOGA
Nicholas Ngota’s dream of becoming a journalist seemed to to be coming true when he got a job as a young reporter and anchor at a local radio station in South Sudan’s Kajukeji village in Yei River State.
The opportunity to get a platform to practise what he had always wanted to do since his early secondary school days, had finally presented itself.
When Akur Anyang Thuch (33) from Panyagor started a tailoring course, her friends and close relatives thought she was out of her mind. In this strongly conservative community, her career choice was not only seen as ‘strange’ but also a threat to a long held tradition that women’s work should be confined to domestic chores.
“It was tough to convince people that a woman can be a successful tailor,” says Akur. “Now, even my friends who were against the idea are coming to learn tailoring.”
UK aid agency CAFOD has joined other British NGOs working with vulnerable communities affected by the conflict in South Sudan, in welcoming the signing of the latest peace agreement, but warns that any sustainable peace in the country needs to include the critical role of civil society.
In their joint statement released to mark International Day of Peace, it says:
“The world has forgotten about us.”
For 48-year-old Rebecca Nyawal, this is what it means to be forgotten: to live with just two small beds to fit her family of seven, a small stove, a soft ground under their feet that turns into mud during the rainy season, and to boil under an iron-sheet that heats her home like an oven.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on 13 September in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan warring parties. This is a crucial milestone towards permanent ceasefire and lasting peace for millions of war beleaguered South Sudanese.
UNHCR reiterates its call that all parties fully implement and uphold the deal for South Sudan to maintain a sustainable and permanent peace.
8357TH MEETING (AM)
Speakers in the Security Council today said a relatively stable security situation in Abyei makes it time to consider adjustments to the United Nations peacekeeping force there. Many stressed, however, that changes to its composition and mission must be preceded by thorough consultations with Khartoum and Juba.
Sitting in the shade of the leafy trees on the University of Juba campus is a group of students sheltering from the midday heat and discussing their classes for the day ahead
Francis John is studying finance and accountancy. He knows about the newly signed peace agreement but it is not occupying his thoughts too much. He’s seen it all before.
At a school in Juba, hundreds of pupils gather together, curiously listening and mimicking the actions of Nepalese military medics, as they demonstrate proper hand-washing and hygiene techniques.
Moses, a young boy attending the school, is among the curious listeners, and the techniques seem to have quickly struck a chord with him.
“When you come in the toilet, you get many diseases. When you want to eat, you wash your hands. When you come from toilet, you wash your hands to be clean, so no diseases come,” he says, describing what he had learned.
By John Prendergast and Brian Adeba
On International Day of Peace 21st September, we, the undersigned international NGOs, would like to draw attention to the urgent need for peace in South Sudan.
JUBA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$1.8 million (JP¥ 200,000,000) contribution from Japan to help bolster food and nutrition security in South Sudan, where millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Japan's new contribution, will enable WFP to reach 32,000 people in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states with critical food assistance while they work on rehabilitating or constructing productive assets.
Near Verbatim Transcript of Press Briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan Mr. David Shearer Juba Conference Room UNMISS Tomping Site, Juba - 19 September 2018
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is supporting the convening of a tripartite dialogue that seeks to calm tensions and build durable peace in the Lakes region of South Sudan, scheduled to take place from the 24th to the 26th of September 2018.
This follows an appeal by local authorities, acting on a presidential order, to resolve conflict among feuding communities in the area.
South Sudan between war and peace
On 12 September the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, and the main opposition leader, Riek Machar, signed a revised version of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS). The new agreement brings an end to various negotiations that have taken place intermittently since the international High-Level Revitalization Forum was launched during December 2017.
Despite the latest agreements, foreign interests and a continued elite wealth race are still a threat.
By Duncan E Omondi Gumba and Akol Miyen Kuol
South Sudan’s government, opposition and rebel groups have signed an agreement that lays the foundation for a transition government. But many doubt that the current peace will hold.