Every morning, Regina and Sunday Peters walk for two hours in the sweltering sun to get from their village to school in Kodok. After laboring over their lessons, they spend several hours selling milk for the equivalent of US50 cents a bottle before making the long journey home again.
Tiny, brightly-colored palms have left imprints on the wall of the Malakal Stadium. Their owners stare gleefully at their handiwork before returning for an extra dipping in the plates of paint held by Indian peacekeepers.
A high-ranking military officer serving with the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces, SSPDF explains what happens to children who are forcibly recruited to serve as soldiers, as his audience, consisting of 45 of his uniformed senior peers, listens attentively. Two of them are women.
Thousands of South Sudanese children are growing up in United Nations protection sites around the country after their parents sought sanctuary from the violent civil war that erupted more than five years ago.
Radio and television journalists from the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) have pledged to support the recently-signed revitalized peace agreement by exposing those who work against the text of the agreement.
Residents in the Upper Nile region will soon heave a collective sigh of relief. A major trade and service road connecting Malakal with Melut will receive much-needed repairs from the UN mission’s peacekeepers based in the area.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has organized a peace and reconciliation football tournament for the youth in Akobo East County. A total of 74 players from the ten clubs in town, representing various different communities, were mixed to make up four teams.