Life for Jikmir Puol has not been easy.
The 30-year-old is a mother of five and all she wants for her children is “a better life and future”.
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.
The surge of violence in South Sudan’s Unity region “looks set to continue despite the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that was signed last year,” according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS), David Shearer.
Ten aid workers who were detained while on an assessment mission near Yei, Central Equatoria, have been freed. The humanitarian workers were held by an armed opposition group in South Sudan for more than five days, since 25 April.