“I want the children of this primary school to know it is possible to live with people from different clans as one. Just like I was privileged to experience during my youth,” explains retired Bishop Paride Taban.
Early warnings of a potential revenge attack by the Rup community on their Pakam neighbours in the Greater Lakes area prompted the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to organize a peace sensitization forum to prevent such developments from materializing.
Local communities living along the Langeach River in Gogrial County have reason for relief. A total of 77 explosive remnants of war in their neck of the wood have been safely destroyed by the United Nations Mine Action Service, UNMAS.
The dark room at the Indian hospital in Malakal feels a universe apart from the usual hustle and bustle of a UN peacekeeping mission. Lit by candles, bathing in soft music and the soothing scents of mint and eucalyptus, this promises to be a treat.