Until just a few days ago, only the most determined and passionate of footballers would dare practice their fancy footwork and last-ditch sliding tackles in Jondoru village in Rajaf County near Juba.
Music, sunshine, and an atmosphere of unity were in high supply in Juba on Thursday, as dignitaries and youths came together to mark the tenth anniversary of the Nelson Mandela Day, celebrated globally every year.
“I want the children of this primary school to know it is possible to live with people from different clans as one. Just like I was privileged to experience during my youth,” explains retired Bishop Paride Taban.
Early warnings of a potential revenge attack by the Rup community on their Pakam neighbours in the Greater Lakes area prompted the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to organize a peace sensitization forum to prevent such developments from materializing.
Local communities living along the Langeach River in Gogrial County have reason for relief. A total of 77 explosive remnants of war in their neck of the wood have been safely destroyed by the United Nations Mine Action Service, UNMAS.