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United Nations Mission in South Sudan welcomes release of hundreds of former child soldiers in Yambio

A total of 700 children have been screened and registered for release in phases

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. “Children should not be carrying guns and killing each other. They should be…

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United Nations Mission in South Sudan committed to protecting safety of displaced people in Protection of Civilians sites

UNMISS will not tolerate people who commit crimes outside and then hide behind women and children who need protection inside the camp

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has today (January 27, 2018) conducted a search operation within the Protection of Civilians site next to its base in Juba to determine whether individuals allegedly involved in the abduction and killing of three people in the capital last week were located within…

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan welcomes signing of cessation of hostilities agreement in South Sudan

UNMISS urges all parties to adhere to the Agreement and end the ongoing violence so that durable peace can be achieved in the interests of the people of South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan welcomes the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement by parties attending the High Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa. The Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access is an important first step in the revitalization of the peace…

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First Protection of Civilians site successfully closed in South Sudan as families choose to return home

Of the 562 recently registered, most chose to settle in Melut town given the improved security situation there

The first Protection of Civilians site has been successfully closed in South Sudan after internally displaced families expressed the desire and confidence to return to their former homes. The site, next to the United Nations base in Melut in the Upper Nile region, had provided sanctuary to hundreds of families…

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UN human rights expert group begin visit to South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia

The two Commissioners taking part in the mission, Yasmin Sooka and Andrew Clapham, will be in South Sudan for six days (11 to 16 December)

Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan today began their fourth field mission to South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia which will last from 11 to 22 December 2017. The two Commissioners taking part in the mission, Yasmin Sooka and Andrew Clapham*, will be in South Sudan…

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UN peacekeeping forces “aiming to reach more vulnerable people in remote parts of South Sudan”

Some 71,000 displaced people are currently living in Akobo and the surrounding area after fleeing fighting between government SPLA and opposition forces in the north-east

United Nations peacekeepers are expected to reach vulnerable people in remote parts of South Sudan as the UN mission in the country takes a more “nimble and proactive” approach, according to the head of the mission, David Shearer. Mr Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General…

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US Ambassador to UN Demands Greater Progress on Peace in South Sudan

Ambassador Nikki Haley visited the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and saw first-hand the challenges faced by the 33,000 people sheltering from ongoing violence in the nearby Protection of Civilians site

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations has demanded greater progress towards peace in South Sudan during a flying visit to the country’s capital Juba. Ambassador Nikki Haley visited the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and saw first-hand the challenges faced by the 33,000 people sheltering from ongoing…

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David Shearer special representative for South Sudan and head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) address to the Security Council

UN agencies assess the total number of people in need of aid in South Sudan has risen to 7.6 million

Mr. President, excellencies and distinguished delegates, I thank you for the invitation to address the Council and touch on some critical issues in South Sudan. I will provide a brief update on the situation in the country, as well as United Nations efforts to protect civilians and build durable peace as…

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Wau could provide “model” for return home of South Sudan’s displaced people

The number of displaced people living in the UNMISS Protection of Civilians (POC) site has fallen from 38,000 to 32,500 over the last two months

The return of displaced people to their homes in Wau in north-western South Sudan could provide a “model” for other parts of the country, the Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said. David Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, was…