For the final 27 internally displaced persons who boarded a UN helicopter from Bor on Thursday, the feeling was nothing but nostalgic and ecstatic.
For five years, like many who fled Akobo and other parts of the country in 2013 when war broke out, they had been taking refuge at the UNMISS Protection of Civilians site in Bor, safe from all the incidents that pushed them out of their homes.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 8 November 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 195,113 including 114,652 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,113 in Juba UN House, 2,506 in Bor, and 147 in UNMISS base and 16,505 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
James Korok is just nineteen-years-old but has already experienced a lifetime of pain, fighting as a child soldier in the war in South Sudan.
Despite that, he is one of the lucky ones. Released by the armed forces in remote Pibor, James is back in school and earning US$60 a week after learning new tailoring skills.
“Before I joined the war, I had no ability to support my family but now I am working, I can make some clothes, like school uniforms, to help my family,” he says.
by Francesca Mold
It is a quiet day in the surgical ward at the Yei hospital. There are just three patients. One child is recovering from severe burns after suffering an epileptic seizure and falling into an open fire. Another is still very ill with bed sores. On a bed outside the ward, a man rests his leg after an operation to close wounds caused by a motorbike accident.
by Gideon Sackitey
“Someone may give you money; but it is the person who gives you skills that makes you.”
Deng Maker Deng, a 23-year-old student in Bor, goes all philosophical as he ponders his good fortunes. He is well placed to do so, as he has experienced at least two major ones.
In 2001, Deng Maker narrowly escaped death. His older brother, who was with him on the devastating day when a landmine exploded, did not.
FILIP ANDERSSON “Peace has come. And it is here today to stay.”
These words, uttered by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, were greeted with jubilation by a sea of thousands of rejoicing, sun-defying, peace-starved South Sudanese packed in the Freedom Square and Dr. John Garang de Mabior Mausoleum area in central Juba.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS
Mr David Shearer
31 October 2018
Juba, South Sudan
Presidents and Heads of Member States
Representatives of parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement
Excellencies and dignitaries from across the region and the international community
Ladies and gentlemen, Citizens of South Sudan
Communities in Torit have reiterated their commitment to unite and foster peaceful existence among the different ethnic groups in the area.
“My advice as a leader of the Pari community is to be united. Whatever we are doing or work we need to do, let us do it together with happiness,” said Dario Ukello Pari.
PETER RING KUOL
When women in Yirol in the Eastern Lakes area get together to discuss their concerns and priorities, they have to settle for sitting down in the shade of an admittedly exuberant mango tree. Not good enough, they say, arguing that their significant role in South Sudan’s battle for independence should result in a proportionate improvement of their living conditions.
MAGENG WADE DENG
Local communities are calling for a peace dialogue to end revenge killings and road ambushes taking place in seven counties of Western Lakes.
Aluak-Luak, a County in the Eastern Lakes area, next to Akot and Paloch in Western Lakes, has witnessed revenge attacks and other criminal activities which the locals say must be brought to an end.
“We are hoping that the new Peace Agreement will change the current political situation in the country, and that it will unite and reconcile the people of South Sudan” said Nyaroom Ruei, a women’s leader in Nyal, Panyjiar County, adding:
“With the deal, hopefully our children can go back to school and continue with their studies.”
UN report urges release of hundreds of abducted civilians
GENEVA / JUBA (18 October 2018) – A UN report has documented the immense suffering of civilians in the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan where 900 people were abducted and 24,000 forced to flee their homes during a surge in violence between April and August.
MOSES YAKUDU & LENI KINZLI
Ralf is a businessman in Torit in the Eastern Equatoria region of South Sudan. Of foreign origin, Ralf runs a shop of mixed goods at the town’s main market.
While business has recovered significantly since the crisis in July 2016, traders and local community members live in fear and apprehension of the South Sudan People’s Defence Force (SSPDF).
MARTIN SIBA / FILIP ANDERSSON
In response to increased food insecurity mostly caused by conflict, the United Nation’s Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan on Friday led a delegation launching a Partnership for Recovery and Resilience Programme in Yambio, aimed at reconstructing the Western Equatoria region.
Residents in Bentiu are calling for action against human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan. Citizens are demanding that perpetrators of such crimes committed during the country’s 5-year civil war be held accountable.
“For us to live in peace, all perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions,” said Nyayuot Yoach, a 35-year-old woman and mother of five children.
“We suffered a lot during the conflict. Many of us were raped by armed groups and killed. Children were recruited by the army,” she added.
by Filip Andersson
If school backpacks can transmit as much knowledge to their owners as they seem able to hold to their owners, the 252 girls and boys at Queen’s Nursery and Primary School next to UN House in Juba, some only marginally bigger than their bags, have a bright future.
To promote girl power and progress on the International Day of the Girl Child, female police officers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan visited the school and offered a variety of inspirational activities and revelations.
Near Verbatim Transcript of
Media Briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix; the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui; the co-chair of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe; and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Juba Conference Room
UNMISS Tomping Base, Juba - 09 October 2018
by Moses Pasi and Leni Kinzli
Activists and members of women’s groups in Juba are insisting on their crucial role to bringing lasting peace to South Sudan, in light of the country’s revitalized peace agreement signed last month in Addis Ababa.
“We need to close the gender gap for women to participate and take on their role as the owners of the agreement,” said Gloria Nyoka, a member of EVE Organization for Women Development.
Students from five universities in South Sudan march together on a field at the University of Juba. Marching side-by-side to the festive ring of bugle horns, these pupils are walking on soil that was a battleground just decades ago during South Sudan’s fight for independence from neighboring Sudan.
The once barren ground has now been transformed into a football pitch, where players gathered to kick-off an Inter-University Sports for Peace tournament, organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Inter-University Peace League.
Nyamile Malual Jiech walked with her children for five days and nights through violent clashes to reach the safety of the United Nations protection site in Bentiu. Her husband was killed in the fierce clashes in the Unity region.
She described her horror journey to a high-level delegation of African Union and United Nations officials who have travelled from New York to the conflict zone to hear first-hand the challenges faced by the women of South Sudan.