“Our state is peaceful, this is why we are seeing so many development projects. We will continue that way so that our people can see more of the same,” says Margret Itto Leonardo, deputy governor in Torit.
“I lost my leg in the bush in 2004 during the SPLA’s war for South Sudan’s independence”, Garang Goch Garang says through an interpreter, referring to the former name of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces.
Amongst her siblings the 4-year-old girl has been playing and sharing smiles as usual, yet something is terribly wrong. Had that not been the case, the girl and her parents would not have been here, at the mobile court in Malakal.
More than 60 police officers and other law enforcement agents in Tonj have participated in a two-day training on investigative skills, gender-based violence, human rights, community policing and proper rule of law.
Women leaders in Joppa near Juba have added their voices to the many calling for stakeholders at all levels of society to pay special attention to fulfilling the needs of women and girls when the new peace accord is implemented.
“I was abducted in 1994 and became a child soldier at age 14. I was young. We walked the bush for six years. We were in the bush fighting till we gained independence in 2011 as South Sudan. Some of my colleagues died in the bush, others are still in the army.”