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In South Sudan, years of conflict have subjected women to some of the worst crimes and deprivation imaginable. The conflict has decimated their livelihoods, stalled efforts to empower them, and denied them the ability to effectively participate in the development of their young nation.
Members of a Mothers Union in Yei town in the Central Equatoria region, said they are using their creative skills and talents to earn a little income to make ends meet and forget the horrors left behind by the previously frequent fighting in the area.
The United Nations Missions in South Sudan (UNMISS), its humanitarian partners and local authorities in Wau are gradually implementing a plan of action for displaced people to voluntarily return to their homes.
A United Nations leadership forum held recently in the Wau Shilluk area emphasised the need to encourage peaceful co-existence between the Shilluk and other ethnic groups, as communities return to the area following their displacement in early 2017.
In South Sudan, overstating the importance of cattle is almost impossible. Millions of people rely on the animals for their livelihoods, but as the preferred currency and indicator of a family’s economic and social standing, cattle and their seasonal movements also create problems.