A team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has just concluded a three-day patrol of rebel-held Tonga – a strategic area in the northern Upper Nile region of South Sudan – to obtain a first-hand situational update on the security and humanitarian situation.
Women and girls in the Gogrial area have been encouraged to get an education and thus minimize the risks they face of being subjected to gender-based violence. The call comes amid reports of an increased number of sexual violence and abuse against females in the Greater Warrap region.
Without real enforcement of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, and consequences for those who violate it, efforts to support peace and ensure humanitarian access in South Sudan will have only limited impact.
More than 300 child soldiers have today been officially released by armed groups in Yambio to begin reintegrating into their communities and learning new skills to support themselves, according to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
The remote community of Gel Achel, some 100 kilometres southeast of Malakal in the Upper Nile region, stands out for all the right reasons. Here, people from a number of different ethnic groups have developed their own, successful way of achieving peaceful coexistence and cooperation.
Youth activists in Yirol in the Greater Lakes region call for disarmament, better roads and more attention to youth issues to improve the chances of creating the conditions necessary for durable peace.
People seeking shelter at protection sites in Mingkaman in the Greater Lakes region decry what they call “funding gaps” and call on the international community to alleviate the humanitarian crisis situation they are going through.
Ilya is 11. He wants to become an astronaut, but may begrudgingly settle for a career as a teacher. To fulfill either of his dreams, he will need a school, and now he and his high-aspiring mates in Queen’s village in Juba actually have one.