A group of children living in the United Nations Protection of Civilians site in Bor dig up soil and fill up old pots and empty rusted tins of powdered milk.
Amid high spirits and enthusiasm marked by cheers, ululations, robust drumming, singing and nimble dancing, the winners of the nationwide essay writing competition on Wednesday 9 May seized their much-deserved glistening trophies at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in the capital Juba.
Holding a golden trophy high in the air in an act of celebration, Jacob Mach Kuany from Kapoeta Day Secondary School proudly represented his part of the country as the regional winner of the nationwide essay competition for Eastern Equatoria.
Under the theme “Military women contributing to peace and Security”, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan today initiated a 3-day-long workshop targeting 120 female members of South Sudan’s armed forces, SPLA.
Mayen-Jur County, near Kuajok in the north-eastern part of the country, could potentially serve as a good example for conflict-ridden areas, where fighting is often fuelled by ethnic rivalries, elsewhere in the young nation.
As our helicopter approaches Leer in northern South Sudan, all one can see is eerily empty, dry, sun-stricken land. The people we meet on the ground, however, have a different story to tell. It is one of human suffering on an unimaginable scale.