Regina Achai fled her home in Malakal five years ago along with thousands of other families when violence erupted across South Sudan during the civil war.
Communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan are being urged to end a culture of violence and revenge attacks so that development can take place and youth get the opportunity they deserve to access education.
Touching down in South Sudan, a high-powered delegation of 15 members of the United Nations Security Council described their flying visit as an opportunity to secure lasting peace in the conflict-affected country.
“Today is the right time. Immigration officers have to handle foreign traders from neighbouring countries with dignity and humanity,” advised Corporal Iwa Joseph Ben, a police officer at the Torit area police headquarters.
Words such as ‘boundaries’, ‘ceasefire’, ‘diversity’, ‘implementation’, ‘constitution’, and ‘democracy’ are some of the few that they struggled to spell out, yet the Aweil students seemed to be enjoying themselves in a spelling contest that also served as a learning forum.
More than 40 members of South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) have benefited from a two-day training organized by the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Kuajok, Gogrial.
“I have been teaching for three years. Many of my colleagues abandoned their profession and ran to organizations and companies with better pay. My main objective is to bring up my brothers and sisters from the lower level because they are the future of tomorrow.”