Rain and darkness will no longer deter Torit’s long arms of the law from preventing crimes or chasing down the perpetrators of any unlawful behaviour still taking place on their watch.
Women leaders in Joppa near Juba have added their voices to the many calling for stakeholders at all levels of society to pay special attention to fulfilling the needs of women and girls when the new peace accord is implemented.
“I was abducted in 1994 and became a child soldier at age 14. I was young. We walked the bush for six years. We were in the bush fighting till we gained independence in 2011 as South Sudan. Some of my colleagues died in the bush, others are still in the army.”
Issues impeding voluntary returns in opposition-controlled areas of Wau have been raised at a one-day round-table discussion that brought together the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement in Opposition (SPLA/M-IO) in the area.
The UN Mission in South Sudan is finalizing preparations for the assisted voluntary return of more than 20 people – all from the Greater Upper Nile – who had sought sanctuary at its base in Wau.