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Forces in Pantit cantonment site and civilians agree to live in peace (By Deng Mou)

The Pantit cantonment site, currently a joint training centre for government and opposition soldiers, is hosting more than 1,800 troops

Armed forces of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance and the South Sudan People’s Defense Force staying at the Pantit cantonment site near Aweil have agreed with the surrounding civilian communities to live in peace with each other. Residents in the area have been raising concerns about the presence of the…

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UNMISS urges parties to form transitional government

Presidency of South Sudan to return to 10 states is an important compromise to enable the timely formation of the transitional government

The announcement by the Presidency of South Sudan to return to 10 states is an important compromise to enable the timely formation of the transitional government as promised to the citizens of South Sudan. Under a new transitional government, a process can be initiated so parties can work together to…

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Young South Sudanese use their creative skills to support the peace process (By Moses Pasi)

Young people suffered immense harm during the five-year civil war that erupted in South Sudan in 2013 with many killed, injured or forced to flee their homes during the violence

More than 500 young people were enticed to leave their homes across South Sudan and converge on the capital Juba to use their creative skills to raise awareness about the need for lasting peace during a special event to promote national unity. Young people suffered immense harm during the five-year…

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Jonglei women express desire to achieve 35 percent political representation (By David Majur Awuou)

More than 25 women from the Jonglei region participated in the forum, along with about 15 lecturers and students from the Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor

“Women and men have equal rights and if we are given that opportunity, I think we will be able to participate fully in governance, and we can do anything that a man can do.” That was the view of Abuk Monykuer a participant at a two-day leadership forum organized by…

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Wau wildlife officers receive first-ever human rights training from UN Police (By Dawit Kahsay Tedla)

About 50 officers participated in the sessions, including 19 female officers

Wildlife officers in Wau have developed a better understanding of how to protect and respect human rights after a three-day training workshop conducted by police officers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. About 50 officers participated in the sessions, including 19 female officers. They focused on issues…

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Bridge repair by Thai peacekeeping engineers provides a lifeline for communities in Lakes region (By Tonny Muwangala)

The bridge was repaired by Thai engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in partnership with the World Food Programme

A simple task of meshing together metal pallets and bars to repair a broken bridge has provided a lifeline for communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan, enabling traders to travel more easily and ensuring humanitarian relief reaches families in need. “The bridge is far more important than it…

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Pibor residents upbeat after rehabilitation of area airstrip by Korean UN peacekeepers (By Mach Samuel)

The newly upgraded and extended three-kilometre airstrip now allows cargo and passenger flights to land almost every day, changing life in the area for the better

A bottle of water retails at 200 South Sudanese pounds or SSP (just under $1) in Boma area’s Pibor town. But that is a smaller matter. To get any kind of medical service, each member of the area’s impoverished population must have no less than 30,000 SSP ($100). “Even soda…

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Government and opposition forces near Wau move to training centres to begin formation of unified army (by Dawit Kahsay Tedla)

The military component will be trained in Maple while police, prison and fire brigade personnel will be based at the Masanu Beera training centre on the outskirts of Wau town

“Today, all the forces and I are happy, because this ends the war and suffering of our people. Now there is peace because we [military troops from different armies] are moving to training centres in Wau,” says John Arkangelo, a Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition soldier from Ngo Halima…

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Cattle keepers in Wau benefit from free veterinary camp provided by UNMISS peacekeepers

In South Sudan, the death of a cow or a goat is a big loss, as cattle are important assets

Since her childhood days in Majok, Martha Agew’s life has relied heavily on rearing livestock. Ms. Agew was one of may beneficiaries as Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan provided cattle keepers in her area with free veterinary services. “I am a 65-year-old cattle keeper…

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Kapoeta Women Campaign for Increased Enrollment of Girls in School to End Early Marriage (By Moses Yakudu)

Authorities present at the function urged UNMISS to support their efforts to curb gender-based violence

“Sweet dreams come after education. Women, it is possible to achieve anything you want if you are educated!” urged Kousa Rakudo, a 17-year-old female student at Saint Bakita Girls Secondary School of Narus in Kapoeta. Kousa did not mince her words as she took advantage of a golden opportunity to…