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23 Jan 2019 description

GIDEON SACKITEY

Peter Yuang recently returned home from Uganda, where he had sought refuge. But something is spoiling his return party.

“I returned with a number of children who are ill. But they could not find the medication required at the Bor Hospital,” he says.

Peter is one of six returnees from the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Camp in Uganda, attending a two-day consultative workshop in Bor town on creating an enabling environment for returnees in South Sudan’s Jonglei region.

21 Jan 2019 description

By EMMANUEL KELE

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Head of Office in Aweil, Ataklti Hagege Hailu has urged the signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS) to commit themselves to the agreement for the brighter future of the country.

Addressing a peace rally in Wanyjok organized in honor of welcoming the advance team of South Sudan Patriotic Movement Army Commander, General Agany Abdel Bagi, Mr. Hailu said the era of fighting was over.

21 Jan 2019 description

By JACOB RUAI

Communities of Mala village in Guit County have set up peace committees to spearhead reconciliation efforts internally and with their neighbours.

The committees were established at a peace and reconciliation conference, attended by cattle-camp youth, traditional leaders, women, and local authorities.

21 Jan 2019 description

By Janet Adongo

It’s all systems go in Upper Nile, South Sudan, following the completion of the rehabilitation of a main supply route linking Malakal to Melut – two hundred and five kilometres away.

It took Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan a little under two months to complete the task as part of its mandate to protect civilians and support the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

21 Jan 2019 description

As of 17 January 2019, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 193,219 including 114,330 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,134 in Juba UN House, 2,177 in Bor, and 116 in UNMISS base and 15,272 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.

21 Jan 2019 description

During a security incident at a base operated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in the capital Juba on Saturday, two civilian contractors were shot by a peacekeeper and died as a result of their injuries.

UNMISS promptly informed the South Sudan National Police Service of the incident. The Mission is taking steps to establish the facts of the incident that occurred at Durupi and has convened a review team comprised of representatives from UNMISS force, police and security services.

18 Jan 2019 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

“Quiet.”

The voice of the head of the UN Mine Action Service in South Sudan rings out across the open field.

“Firing.”

Silence.

Then a loud thud is heard in the distance.

“Good, I’m happy with that result.”

For the crowd gathered to watch the defusing of a 50kg bomb found in the middle of Juba, the muffled “whump” heard from within the bunker is strangely disappointing.

16 Jan 2019 description

GIDEON SACKITEY

Residents of Anyidi in the Jonglei region have applauded the South Korean contingent serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan for providing them with medical services during a recent visit to the town.

“It is the first time that we have had a medical team visit and treat us since the breakout of the war in 2013,” one resident commented.

The health intervention of the peacekeeping mission reached more than 200 people and about 100 goats in the community.

15 Jan 2019 description

Janet Adongo

A school bell rings out in Malakal.

It is the first time since 2013 that this particular bell, which signals the start of the South Sudan school certificate exams, has been heard here.

So momentous is this occasion that one student, Lilian Martin Nyilek, has made a gruelling three-day riverine trip from Sudan to sit for the examination.

“I came by boat because I want to get my South Sudanese certificate. I arrived a bit late but I thank God I managed to sit for the English paper which was good,” she says.

14 Jan 2019 description

Gideon Sackitey/Filip Andersson

An incapacitated hospital is a sad sight. After five years out of service, it gives disgrace a face. Unless, of course, Indian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan comes to the rescue. Such has been the fortunate fate of the Jonglei Health Institute in Bor.

Applauding at a ceremony to mark the re-opening of the Institute, Joyce Akol, perhaps daydreaming of one day donning a shiny white nurse outfit, smiled for a long while standing in the crowd, ostensibly signaling her approval.

14 Jan 2019 description

Samira Y. Salifu/Moses Yakudu

Limited or non-existent police presence in rural areas in South Sudan make it increasingly difficult to respond to critical security threats in these hard-to-access communities.

“We are aware that the police are understaffed and lack funding. Sometimes they can’t even afford fuel for their vehicles to respond to us in an emergency. So, we have learnt to manage the security of our community on our own,” says John Obure Jordan, a resident of the Hai Ashkal area in Torit.

12 Jan 2019 description

As of 10 January 2019, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 193,287. This includes 114,330 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,139 in Juba UN House, 2,240 in Bor, and 116 in the UNMISS base and 15,272 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau

09 Jan 2019 description

TONNY MUWANGALA

The two nomadic communities of Rup and Pakam in the Western Lakes region have negotiated and pledged to end decades of intercommunal violence of cattle raids and deadly revenge attacks. Returning stolen cows and increasing intercommunal interaction, not least by encouraging intermarriage, are among the measures to be taken.

The agreement, partly brokered by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Oxfam and other partners, was reached on 31 December 2018 at a peace dialogue in Malek County, near Rumbek.

07 Jan 2019 description

by Moses Yakudu

The people of Motti, a village in Eastern Equatoria, have been through a few dark years since 2016, when violence put an end to life as they knew it and forced them to flee. Now, the revitalized peace agreement seems to be turning the tide, with many displaced families talking about returning.

“The security situation has improved. We can travel to and from Torit [some 45 minutes away] as we please, even at night. This is why we want to return home,” says William Otek, Motti’s Chief.

07 Jan 2019 description

As of 3rd January 2019, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 193,331. This includes 114,330 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,139 in Juba UN House, 2,284 in Bor, and 116 in the UNMISS base and 15,272 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

28 Dec 2018 description

As of 27 December 2018, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 194,916. This includes 114,469 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,113 in Juba UN House, 2,284 in Bor, and 116 in the UNMISS base and 16,744 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

28 Dec 2018 description

DAVID MAJUR AWUOU MAJAK

The United Nations Mine Action Service has discovered and removed unexploded ordinances and mines five kilometres outside of Bor town, in the Thon-Awai area, in the Greater Jonglei region.

The community in Thon-Awai is happy about the clearance efforts made by the specialized UN entity. The explosive objects, believed to have been placed in the area during the war for South Sudanese independence, could have caused untold damage.

24 Dec 2018 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites Population Update

As of 20 December 2018, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 194,916. This includes 114,469 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,113 in Juba UN House, 2,284 in Bor and 116 in the UNMISS base and 16,744 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

21 Dec 2018 description

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan strongly condemns the assault and detention of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) team that took place on 18 December 2018 in the Luri area by TGoNU security forces. The monitoring and verification team members and their support personnel were merely discharging their mandate in support of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

20 Dec 2018 description

SAMIRA Y SALIFU

The people living in the Torit and Kapoeta regions have signed an agreement to advance peaceful coexistence and to regulate, control and manage cattle movements between the counties of Kidepo Valley, Riwoto, Ikotos, Chukudum, Torit East, Kimotong and Lopa.

The deal was struck at a three-day conference held in Chorokol, Kideo Valley, and attended by more than a thousand people, including governors, county commissioners, chiefs and community leaders.