“Building Durable Peace Together” was the slogan of a lively and informative neighbourhood-wide advocacy initiative held this past Saturday at the Zain football field in the Gudele area of Juba.
Equipped with shovels and broomsticks, some 800 national and international peacekeepers deployed along one of Juba’s main city streets on the weekend. Their efforts resulted in a whopping 1,700 garbage bags being filled, destined for the capital’s main dumpsite.
The governor of Jonglei and officials from the wider region met on Friday for a one-day open security forum in Duk Padiet to promote peace and reconciliation among neighbouring communities in the area. facilitated by the United Missions in South Sudan (UNMISS) Bor Field Office.
It was like a rumble of thunder and flashes of lightning when the “One peace, One people” concert kicked off at the Freedom Square in Yei, with plenty of sweat dripping down the foreheads of thousands of jubilant music lovers.
Agany Malek, a resident in the Awiel Jedid area of Wau and parent of a local primary school pupil, couldn’t hold back his excitement at seeing a pile of new textbooks, teaching materials and extra-curriculum items stacked up on a classroom table.
A recent mission to establish whether there were children in the armed forces in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria region has returned a clean scoresheet, as not a single child was found within the ranks of both the opposition and government forces.