“This is a sign of peace,” says Malish Sebit, with a smile, as he points out to a freshly repaired section along the Juba-Yei road.
Twenty-two of them kick the ball and do all the footballing maneuvers, perhaps aspiring to become professional footballers. But only a few professional footballers have done what they do here in Aweil: they train on a pebble-littered rough pitch, barefoot.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has intensified its confidence building visits in the Twic area following recent hostilities in that left at least 22 people dead, thousands displaced, and several villages burnt down.
It is imperative for UN peacekeepers to move freely and without any hindrance so they can carry out their mandate, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer said on Tuesday in a speech to senior commanders from South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF).
After years of tensions, residents of Anyidi and the community of internally displaced persons staying at the UN protection site in Bor have agreed to put their differences aside and coexist peacefully.
26-year-old Mary Abuk has travelled for three hours, barefoot, to reach a medical camp run by Mongolian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the country’s north.
This is her last hope.
As the sun begins to rise over the sea of white tents dotted throughout the United Nations protection camp, a group of families are already up and about, bustling around as they pack their belongings and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.