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An UNMISS-funded maternity ward has given hope to Magwi residents. Since the new center began operations, committed medical staff have given prenatal care to some 340 women plus ensured over 300 safe deliveries. Photo by Okello James/UNMISS

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Debate and discussion are key for a democracy to thrive. As part of country-wide efforts to promote civic engagement, especially by young South Sudanese, UNMISS is hosting university debates on vital issues that the world's newest nation is facing, such as widespread involvement in drafting a permanent constitution; gender equality, especially when it comes to political participation, and, of course, ensuring informed voters can express their will freely in South Sudan's first post-independence elections slated for next December. Photo by Alahayi Nemaya/UNMISS

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In Western Bahr El Ghazal, UNMISS and FAO are supporting the national prison system to become self-reliant in terms of its food supply through an innovative pilot project that teaches short-term inmates scientific agricultural practices at a prison farm in Thuro Majok, a locality on the outskirts of the state capital, Wau. Photo by Roseline Nzelle Nkwelle/UNMISS.

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During a spirited and convivial UN Day commemoration in Wau, children from different schools stole the show by advocating for peace, development and, of course, education for all. Photo by Roseline Nzelle Nkwelle/UNMISS

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Committed UNMISS peacekeepers recently visited remote Timsaha, where some 5,000 community members reside peacefully. Their aim: To build confidence before this tranquil border settlement faces an influx of returnees fleeing the Sudan crisis. Photo by Roseline Nzelle Nkwelle/UNMISS.