Recently displaced by fighting in the mountainous mining areas of Lobonok, civilians are appealing for humanitarian assistance as relative calm returns to the county, located a strenuous three-hour drive from the South Sudanese capital, Juba.
How can a poor, war-torn, post-conflict country prepare itself to reintegrate thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons expected to return to their homes? Maybe by learning from its own recent history.
In a bid to make the most of their arguably significant influence on the attitudes and behaviour of the South Sudanese people, religious leaders in the Greater Jonglei region have established an inter-religious committee to urge feuding communities to reconcile.
Pajok Primary School in the Magwi area registered less than 200 new students in 2018, but that number has doubled. The new enrolment figure for 2019 now stands at 374, thanks in part to returning refugees and internally displaced people.
Seasonal migrations and a frequent scarcity of grazing pastures and water holes have resulted in recurrent skirmishes in the area between Boma and Kapoeta in the Eastern Equatoria region. The fighting comes at the price of severe food shortages.