Rural women in Ikotos and other communities near Torit in Eastern Equatoria have teamed up to advocate for an end to gender-based violence. The women believe the only way to protect themselves is by directly defending their rights.
A total of 32 representatives from government and opposition forces operating in the Greater Upper Nile region have reiterated their commitment to stop recruiting boys and girls under the age of 18 and to release any children found in their ranks.
A brief, but telling, conversation unfolded in Maper on Monday between the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander Lt. Gen. Shailesh Tinaikar and Manyiel Lieny, the Paramount Chief of Gak community, which has been at bloody odds with its neighbour, the Manuer community.
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.