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    • County commissioners in Upper Nile State recently got together and agreed to set political differences aside to work for peace. Photo: Samson Liberty/UNMISS
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New county commissioners in Upper Nile State vow to practice good governance, foster peace and unity

Guot Ngor spoke at the first get-together of the county commissioners since the appointment of the Upper Nile State Governor, in March

The thirteen county commissioners in Upper Nile State have pledged to work tirelessly to promote peace, reconciliation and development in their respective areas. “We need to embrace unity in our counties, divide things equally and establish new policies that create harmony. We must set aside our political difference and work…

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    • UNMISS Chief David Shearer holding his last press conference in South Sudan
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Departing UNMISS Chief sends message of peace to the people of South Sudan

David Shearer particularly thanked humanitarian workers for their provision of life-saving assistance to millions of people in need

On the eve of his departure after more than four years as the UN’s top envoy in South Sudan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission thanked the people of South Sudan for their support and wished them well. “I have so much…

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    • Stakeholders in Western Equatoria State have been discussing how to make local communities more resilient and more able to cope with adverse circumstances. Photo: Denis Louro Oliver/UNMISS
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Peacekeeping mission supports building of resilient communities in Western Equatoria State

Two gatherings brought together representatives to discuss ways forward on how to boost recovery and resilience in the wake of civil war, COVID-19 and other stressful factors

“For us to be more resilient, we should let idle youth work at farms to produce more food,” suggested Victoria Yatoma, Executive Director of the Nile Sisters Development Organization. Ms. Yatoma made her recommendation at a workshop preceding the Annual Learning Forum, which is a joint programme launched under the…

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    • A recent forum organized by UNMISS in Wau brought together civil society organisations, women's representatives, youth, local business people and other stakeholders for a fruitful discussion on ways to bolster recovery and resilience among communities living here. Photo by Dawit K. Tedla/UNMISS
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UNMISS facilitates recovery and resilience-building forum in Wau

Participants held robust discussions on ways forward to promote programmes boosting community-based recovery and resilience

“Since we’re now beginning to recover from the ravages of civil war, I am looking forward to our government prioritizing the agricultural sector,” said Assunta Vitale, a vegetable seller in Wau, South Sudan. “I bring fresh vegetables and fruit to the local market every day and I speak for all…

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UNMISS helps restore calm and stability following recent violence in Koch

50 peacekeepers from Ghana, led by Major Kofi Safo, had established a temporary operating base in Koch earlier this month

An armed clash in Jahjah village, located near Koch in the Unity region of South Sudan, has led to homes and offices being ransacked and burnt to the ground. “When the looting started, most of us ran to nearby areas to shelter in the bush,” stated a community member. “We…

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    • UNMISS peacekeepers patrolling a conflict-prone area in Eastern Equatoria State
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UNMISS Patrol Follows Up on Situation of People Displaced by Fighting in Eastern Equatorian Villages

An estimated 700 households were displaced from their homes in the villages of Dabur, Tachak and Ofiriha about a month ago

Patrolling peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have confirmed recent reports of conflict, displacements, loss of lives and human suffering in the Lowoyi payam (administrative division) of Eastern Equatoria State. “These people are suffering, especially women and children. There is need for humanitarian partners to support them with…

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    • A high-level delegation led by UNMISS Deputy Special Representative-Humanitarian, Alain Noudehou, during a recent visit to flood-affected Bor and Panyagor, Jonglei state
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UNMISS and partners visit Bor, Panyagor to discuss sustainable solutions to floods

Torrential rainfall in the past few months has caused the waters of the Nile river to overflow across South Sudan

“We are here because we want to see the situation on the ground for ourselves and understand what we can do to alleviate the suffering of innumerable families who have been affected by floods,” said Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative-Humanitarian, UNMISS, as he spoke with community leaders, members and local…

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    • Traditional leaders in Malakal gathered to reflect on and learn how to accomplish reconciliation and avoid conflicts.
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Traditional leaders in Malakal trained on conflict management and reconciliation processes

By learning about such mechanism, it is hoped that traditional leaders will become agents of peace

More than 30 local chiefs residing in Malakal town or in the peacekeeping mission’s protection of civilians site in that Upper Nile city have learnt valuable conflict management skills and skills to promote reconciliation and social cohesion in and between their communities. “Social cohesion is the product of a reconciliation…

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    • UNMISS and development partners recently rehabilitated and handed over a 16-room facility intended to serve as a fully equipped isolation centre for possible coronavirus cases to local authorities in Yambio, Western Equatoria
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Coronavirus - South Sudan: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hands over COVID-19 Critical Care Center in Yambio

A joint public health initiative with the State COVID-19 Task Force, the refurbished facility is designed to be a fully equipped isolation facility for residents and displaced persons

As part of its ongoing support to the national-led COVID-19 response, UNMISS and development partners recently rehabilitated and handed over 16 rooms to local authorities in Yambio, Western Equatoria. A joint public health initiative with the State COVID-19 Task Force, the refurbished facility is designed to be a fully equipped…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: UNMISS hands over antibacterial soaps and hand washing buckets to support Eastern Equatorian communities

The chairperson of the state’s COVID-19 task force committee, Elijio Omoro Tahir, was over the moon upon receipt of the hygiene-promoting equipment

If you find yourself with less than squeaky clean hands in Eastern Equatoria, there may be no better time than now to receive antibacterial soap and possibly also a bucket ideal for hand washing. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has recently handed over some 1,500 soaps and 70…