Imagine a large, regional referral hospital which does not even have standard, everyday items like disinfectants and antibiotics.
“The leadership of South Sudan needs to remember that the people of South Sudan want peace. This is evidenced by this meeting and many like it across the country that I have witnessed,” stated David Shearer, the Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
“I am a woman, a peacemaker and a peacekeeper. That is how I am made.”
Many a peer of Catherine Lotto, representing the Young Women Christian Association, seemed to embody that sentiment on this day at the University of Juba.
A high-powered delegation from the United Nations, the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development has urged South Sudan’s leaders to make urgent efforts to fully implement the peace deal for the sake of their people.
Women and girls have borne the brunt of the six-year long conflict in South Sudan. Thousands have experienced the threat or reality of abduction, rape, deprivation, displacement and death.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers has endorsed a request to extend the deadline for the establishment of a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity by six months.
“Freedom of expression, access to information and civic space is what we want and need to effectively exercise the roles of civil society in the implementation of South Sudan’s peace agreement,” said Edmond Yakani, Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) a