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An agreement implemented between farming and cattle herder communities in three neighboring states in greater Bahr El Ghazal region has brought about progress in addressing conflict arising during cattle migration season.
“Bring us cooking oil!”
The group of girls breaks out into giggles as the tall 12-year-old Nyanluak Nyok shouts out boldly.
Joyful songs and dancing greet the arrival of the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan to Ganyiel, located in the north of the country.
That warm hospitality, however, inadvertently masks the reality on the ground.
Indian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan are helping to restore peace and security in the Jonglei region town of Akobo, in the north-east of South Sudan.
UNMISS PoC sites Update No.200
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has handed over a community police office to the authorities of Makuac in Aguok North County near Kuajok.
School children in Malakal are all smiles. UNMISS peacekeepers from Rwanda have rebuilt their kitchen and installed fuel-efficient stoves to facilitate cooking.
"The peace talks have not been successful and I guess most dissappointingly the cessation of hostilities [agreement] that was signed is not working either, the intensification of the conflict on the ground has a huge human impact," says UNMISS SRSG Shearer, keen to talk to the warring parties in the hope they will lay down their weapons and build durable peace.
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Impunity should not be allowed to continue in South Sudan’s Unity region, says SRSG Shearer during visit;
“The situation is still bad,” he says, later. “There’s still ongoing fighting, although that seems to have reduced a bit. The numbers of people that are coming to our base for refuge had gone up, but I understand now that a few hundred have just left, so we have about two thousand people taking refuge with us,” he says, quickly adding: “But the most appalling thing that I am hearing are the stories from people; what’s happened to them; how they were targeted by soldiers.”
IGAD: Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access
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