Abyei, 07 August 2018 - The United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG) for Rule of Law, and Security Institutions, Mr. Alexander Zouev, accompanied by the Police Adviser, Mr. Luis Carrilho, today concluded a two-day field visit to the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The delegation was greeted on arrival by acting Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu, mission leadership and all UNPOL staff. The delegation was subsequently briefed on security, political, operational and developmental matters.
The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) through its UN Police component handed over a renovated Community Police Committee’s (CPC) detention center.
UNISFA Senior Police Advisor Ms Mary Gahonzire (DCGP) handed-over the completed detention center to the Paramount Chief of Ngok Dinka, Mr Bulabek Deng Kuol, on 26 July 2018. Complete with offices, separate cells for women and men and a secured verandah that can be used as an exercise arena, the building will ease overcrowding of inmates and enable proper classification and separation.
Abyei, 05 July 2018 – A joint Dinka-Misseriya post-migration conference jointly organized by FAO, IOM, and UNISFA just ended at Todach, 20 kilometers north of Abyei town. The conference brought together the Joint Peace Committee and leaders of the respective migration corridors to discuss and tackle issues of mutual concern encountered during the pre-migration cycle. The conference was attended by 40 representatives of the Joint Peace Committee and leaders from eastern, southern and northern transhumance corridors within Abyei (20 from each of the two communities).
The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in Abyei echoing this year’s theme “Advancing protection, peace and development” among peacekeepers working in Abyei.
In celebration of this important day, UNISFA and UNMAS organized events in Abyei, Kadugli, and Gok Machar. These events included fun runs and static exhibitions of the work UNMAS is doing in support of the UNISFA mandate.
The African Border Corridor Programme Technical Team (AUBP-TT) together with the Joint Technical Border Corridor Committee (JTBCC), with support from the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) completed the marking of two out of the four crossing points of the Safe Demilitarized Buffer Zone (SDBZ) between Sudan and South Sudan between 19 and 23 March 2018.
The Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) conducted a joint reconnaissance on 10 December to identify and mark the exact JBVMM fourth team site location in Abu Qussa.
The Abu Qussa team site has been marked comprehensively on the map by the Joint Recce Team, a vital step in the implementation of the JBVMM and stakeholders mandate. The Joint Recce Team was comprised of UNISFA staff, National Monitors from Government of Sudan and South Sudan, and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
Abyei, 19 October 2017 -- The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) today, launched an environmental cleaning campaign in Abyei town under the caption “A clean environment for today and for generations to come”, organized by the UNPOL, in collaboration with the Strategic Communication and Public Information Section and the Force HQs Civil-Military Coordination Section, as part of activities marking this year’s week-long United Nations Day, 24 October.
Abyei, 18 October 2017 -- The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is deeply concerned about the recent spate of attacks on civilians within Abyei Area which has resulted in the loss of innocent civilians lives.
The Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) undertook a joint reconnaissance between 16 and 22 September 2017. A first of its kind air patrolling operation, it was conducted from the UNISFA Force Headquarters base in Abyei to the proposed team site locations astride the Safe De-militarized Border Zone (SBDZ).
23 July 2017 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security for Abyei (UNISFA) calls for restraint and calm among communities in Abyei Area following the violent incident on 22 July 2017 along the highway of Todach to Goli, some 27 kilometers from Abyei town, that left eight civilians killed and one person injured.
The Amiet common market for the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities reopened on 19 July 2017, after an agreement was reached between the leaders of both communities.
The temporary suspension of trading activity in Amiet common market on 10 July 2017 resulted from the security incidents in the vicinity of Amiet. More than 200 trucks loaded with a variety of goods for trading were affected.
12 July 2017 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) condemns all attacks perpetrated by unknown armed groups in Abyei Area which resulted in deaths and injuries of civilians.
UNISFA expresses its deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victims and vows to investigate swiftly the attacks with the Joint Peace Committee, the traditional leaders, as well as Sudan and South Sudan governments, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
In its continuing efforts to support peace and security in the Abyei area, the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) recovered and handed-over 62 herd of cattle to the rightful owners on 2 July 2017 in Todach. This was a result of the follow-through operations of stolen animals reported by the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya pastoralist groups.
The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) facilitated the retrieval and handing-over of the 58 stolen herd of cattle to the rightful owner, a Ngok Dinka pastoralist, on 26 June 2017 in Todach village, 17 kilometers north from Abyei town.
As part of the continuing efforts to reduce the impact and risk of explosive hazards in Abyei, the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) on 12 June 2017 conducted another destruction exercise of confiscated weapons and ammunition.
About 25 weapons and more than 470 ammunition confiscated by the troops of UNISFA were destroyed by the Ethiopian Demining Military Platoon (EDMP) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
Over 80 women from Misseriya and Ngok Dinka tribes gathered in Todach village north of Abyei town on 14 February 2017 for the Open Day for Women, Peace and Security.
The occasion was in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), a landmark international legal framework that addresses not only the impact of war on women but also the pivotal role women in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace.
The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) has destroyed 13 small arms confiscated by its troops in line with UN Security Council resolution 2205 of February 2015 that reaffirmed UNISFA mandate to undertake weapons confiscation and destruction in the Abyei Area.
Abyei, 16 August 2016 –The joint market for the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities which was temporarily suspended due to insecurity formally opened on 15 August in Amiet, a few kilometers north of Abyei with a few traditional leaders from two communities in attendance. Marked as a crucial joint community-initiated effort, the reopening of the common market in Amiet, as agreed by the two communities at an earlier meeting, is seen as an emerging symbol of peaceful coexistence between Misseriya and Ngok Dinka in the Abyei area.