Trust and confidence has been reinforced between the civilian population and military forces of the Sudan People Liberation Army-in Opposition and the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) in Kapoeta, located in Eastern Equatoria.
The town of Akobo should be bustling with energy.
Thousands of families who fled their homes when civil war erupted in South Sudan have finally begun returning to their homes in the wake of a new peace deal signed by the country’s leaders last year.
Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in Wau are reigning in the Christmas spirit early this year with a donation of brand new electronics presented to the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) this week.
Anyone familiar with South Sudan’s patriarchal traditions may find it hard to imagine that some men are now part of leading the charge against gender-based violence. Yet this is exactly what is happening in Bor in the greater Jonglei region.
A peace dialogue held between the communities of Mayiendit in Southern Liech and opposition-held Panyinjiar has pacified years of animosity and set in motion a reconciliation process that promises to restore peaceful coexistence between the long-feuding neighbours.
“Join hands, stand against rape” is the South Sudanese national theme for this year’s campaign of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Crude evidence suggests that short-term measures to enable women to stay close to home are necessary to keep them out of harm’s way.