A simple task of meshing together metal pallets and bars to repair a broken bridge has provided a lifeline for communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan, enabling traders to travel more easily and ensuring humanitarian relief reaches families in need.
“I do not want children to suffer like we do in the bushes. They are our future, and we want to open the gates of success for them by removing them from the army,” said a Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition’s Lieutenant Colonel, Mawa Bosco Oliver, himself a father of six.
A bottle of water retails at 200 South Sudanese pounds or SSP (just under $1) in Boma area’s Pibor town. But that is a smaller matter. To get any kind of medical service, each member of the area’s impoverished population must have no less than 30,000 SSP ($100).
“We are working day and night to respect and promote human rights in our camps and all territories we control in the Kapoeta area,” assures Major General Yusuf Peter Lotipe, senior commander of the Sudan People’s Army in Opposition at the Lowareng cantonment site in Eastern Equatoria.
Rwandan peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have conducted a clean-up exercise at Kapoeta state hospital, as part of their civil-military engagements. Activities entailed painting and weeding parts of the hospital.
Since her childhood days in Majok, Martha Agew’s life has relied heavily on rearing livestock. Ms. Agew was one of may beneficiaries as Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan provided cattle keepers in her area with free veterinary services.
Lack of a desk to investigate incidents of sexual and other gender-based violence at the Tambura police department is creating difficulties in curbing these crimes, which are reported to be common in the area.