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In Wau, South Sudan, a state-level political parties forum jointly hosted by UNMISS, the AU, and RJMEC, saw spirited conversations on the need for extending political and civic space before this young nation heads to the polls in its first-ever elections next year. Photo by Michael Wondi/UNMISS

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As the Sudan crisis continues, hundreds of thousands have crossed porous borders to neighbouring South Sudan in search of safety. Many are returnees who once left this young nation to escape war and, now, find themselves once again having to battle enormous odds to rebuild their lives. Photo by Ines Surwumwe/UNMISS

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In Warrap, UNMISS and UNDP joined forces, thanks to funding from SALIENT, a joint initiative on peaceful civilian disarmament by the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) financially housed within the UN Peacebuilding Fund, to host a three-day workshop on taking concrete, community-focused steps towards a comprehensive and impactful disarmament in the state. Photo by Zejin Yin/UNMISS

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Recently, thanks to an innovative community stabilization and violence reduction project funded by the South Sudan Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Reconciliation, Stabilization, and Resilience (RSRTF), hope for a more peaceful, prosperous future has resurfaced for communities from Tonj North. Photo by Zejin Yin/UNMISS

In Kuajok, UNMISS peacekeepers from Bangladesh recently trained prison officers and inmates on farming as well as conducted health consultations. Photo by Zejin Yin/UNMISS.