It is imperative for UN peacekeepers to move freely and without any hindrance so they can carry out their mandate, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer said on Tuesday in a speech to senior commanders from South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF).
After years of tensions, residents of Anyidi and the community of internally displaced persons staying at the UN protection site in Bor have agreed to put their differences aside and coexist peacefully.
26-year-old Mary Abuk has travelled for three hours, barefoot, to reach a medical camp run by Mongolian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the country’s north.
This is her last hope.
As the sun begins to rise over the sea of white tents dotted throughout the United Nations protection camp, a group of families are already up and about, bustling around as they pack their belongings and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.
The ninth batch of youth who have received training in different fields has graduated from a vocational centre run by Republic of Korean peacekeepers in Bor after completing a 20-week hands-on curriculum.
When a group of UN police officers in Bor realized that most of their female South Sudanese colleagues could not read, speak or write English and hence were relegated to making tea for their male coworkers, they decided to act.
“We have agreed together to hold anyone that will cause conflict between us accountable, like thieves of goats and cattle,” said Oburak Alex, the landlord of Bur who oversees all traditional rituals and land ownership disputes in the area.
The routine of cattle raids and revenge attacks in Western Lakes prevails because of a lack of an efficient justice system in the area. This conclusion was reached at a two-day roundtable discussion on the rule of law and human rights organized in Rumbek.