“Join hands, stand against rape” is the South Sudanese national theme for this year’s campaign of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Crude evidence suggests that short-term measures to enable women to stay close to home are necessary to keep them out of harm’s way.
Chinese military engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have begun rehabilitation of major travel and supply routes in Bahr el Ghazal to help bolster economic growth and rapprochement in the conflict-affected country.
The United Nations Police is currently training their South Sudanese counterparts in the greater Lakes region on community policing. The campaign, currently underway in Abyei-Chok in Gok and Cuei Chok in Western Lakes, aims to build confidence between the police and the civilian population.
Women in Kuajok have expressed concerns about cultural practices impeding them from obtaining the 35 per cent representation in government that last year’s revitalized peace agreement grants them.
For Lieutenant-Colonel Richmark Fernandes, a peacekeeper from India serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, being around animals has always brought joy.
“In my village, we had a lot of chickens and cows growing up. I always loved them so much,” he says.
The sun is yet to rise above the skyline.
But police officers and military troops are already gathering outside the gates of the Protection of Civilians site next to the United Nations compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.