Communities in Eastern Equatoria join the United Nations family to mark its 76th anniversary

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UNMISS, humanitarian partners and local communities came together to celebrate United Nations Day in Torit, Eastern Equatoria. Photo by Moses Yakudu/UNMISS

25 Oct 2021

Communities in Eastern Equatoria join the United Nations family to mark its 76th anniversary

Moses Yakudu

This week, government stakeholders, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, women and youth associations, and the clergy joined the United Nations family in Eastern Equatoria to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the UN in the state capital, Torit.

The half-day event was organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in collaboration with the UN Country Team. An outdoor exhibition was held under the theme “Building a better Future”, and showcased the work of the UN, its beneficiaries, and partners such as the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM).

“I recognize the work of the United Nations, and peacekeepers in the municipality. I request that they continue lending us a helping hand,” said Joseph Oswaha, the mayor of Torit.  

In a speech read on his behalf by Caroline Waudo, who is the Head of Field Office for the UN mission in Eastern Equatoria, UNMISS Deputy Special Representative - Political, Mr. Guang Cong, reaffirmed the UN’s unwavering support for a durable peace in South Sudan.

“Today, the United Nations is here with you with one purpose - to support the government and people of South Sudan on their journey from war to durable peace and prosperity,” he said.

The townspeople joined in the celebration with a variety of stunning traditional dance performances which left the audience spellbound. Messages of peace and unity, and the need to strengthen protection for vulnerable groups also abounded.

Humanitarian partners were thanked for their ongoing assistance to the most vulnerable.

“We extend our gratitude to the World Food Programme, in particular, for rehabilitating the Torit-Magwi road. It now takes only an hour to commute on the 50-kilometre stretch instead of four hours,” said Patrick Oting Cyprian, the state Minister of Information.

“We know that the state government has its role to play in infrastructure development. However, we need our partners to support us with revamping roads in the state to make health facilities and schools, for instance, more accessible.