Mon Kon is not a child soldier – as children who have been forcibly conscripted into the armed forces are commonly known – but the phenomenon saddens him.
Women leaders representing four administrative areas in the Bahr el Ghazal region are demanding full implementation of the 35% affirmative action provided for in the revitalized peace agreement, saying they are currently marginalised and under-represented at all levels of government.
As a road patrol prepares to leave a United Nations Mission in South Sudan base in the town of Yei, the team leader warns those travelling to take great care during the trip to the southern part of war-torn South Sudan.
Lance Corporal Mina Thapa not only defied the odds by joining the army – a male-dominated field – but went a notch higher by accepting to be a part of the Nepalese military peacekeeping force, now serving in South Sudan, far away from home.
Women of Eastern Lakes have decried early marriage, describing the practice as gender-based violence, and called on the government and traditional authorities to ensure the practice ceases immediately.
A heated debate, on the Red Hand Day.
“The recruitment of children into the army should stop,” says 16-year-old Abur Margret, a secondary four student in Aweil, South Sudan, spotlighting the plight of children who get recruited into the army.
Opposition and government officials in Greater Koch County in Northern Liech held a one-day peace and reconciliation conference in Koch to discuss issues related to peace implementation.