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    • Police and Corrections Officers in Malakal had a lot to take in when being trained by UN Police serving on human rights and crime prevention. Photos: Samson Liberty/UNMISS
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UNPOL trains police officers and other organized forces in Upper Nile State on crime management

The three-day workshop was attended by some thirty uniformed officers, including a handful of women

Deficiencies when it comes to the rule of law coupled with a dire economic reality have seen a rise of crime in Upper Nile State. UN Police serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan are trying to improve the situation by giving law enforcement officers the knowledge they…

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Dialogue on peace and reconciliation Warrap State’s Tonj area concludes with agreement

The community members raised several of the most contentious issues, including civilian disarmament, compensation for looted property, roadblocks, and the lack of justice in life-threatening criminal proceedings

Yearlong conflicts in Warrap State’s Greater Tonj area prompted a three-day joint dialogue on peace and reconciliation supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and conducted in Marial Lou, Tonj North. The community members raised several of the most contentious issues, including civilian disarmament, compensation for looted…

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Statement by UNMISS on the situation in Baidit in Jonglei State, South Sudan

UNMISS strongly condemns any attack on civilians and urges groups and individuals to take immediate action to avoid further escalations that will endanger vulnerable people

UNMISS is deeply concerned over recent reports of attack in Baidit, Jonglei State alleged to have been carried out by armed Murle elements resulting in civilian casualties and temporary displacements. According to various independent sources including the independent Human Rights Commission, on 23 January armed youth from the Murle community…

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    • At a workshop in Maridi County, participants discussed ways of ensuring that human rights are respected. Photo Credit: Phillip Mbugo/UNMISS
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UNMISS raises awareness on human rights among in Maridi County following more cases of gender-based violence

More than thirty persons in Maridi County, among them women, youth, local government officials and representatives from civil society groups, participated in a two-day workshop dedicated to the cause

An increase of cases of gender-based violence and other human rights violations in Western Equatoria State, as indicated by an assessment made by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has prompted its Human Rights Division to step up awareness-raising on these issues in the state. More than thirty persons…

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    • Even a Force Commander is keen on receiving (another) UN peacekeeping medal. Outgoing Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar is no exception. Photos: Isaac Billy and Gregorio Cunha/UNMISS
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An officer and a gentleman bids farewell: Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander

This rising star’s accomplishments led him to serve with the United Nations on two prior occasions, in Angola and Khartoum, before the formation of South Sudan

“My earliest memory is of standing in front of a mirror and saluting myself,” says Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar with a smile. At first glance, the Force Commander of the world’s largest peace operation, UNMISS, appears to be soft-spoken but his eyes give away the intensity of his personality. That’s the…

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    • Brewing tensions in Eastern Equatoria’s Loronyo area Prompt Consultative Meetings with Communities Involved
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Brewing tensions in Eastern Equatoria’s Loronyo area Prompt Consultative Meetings with Communities Involved

The community of Loronyo in Torit County and their neighbours from Idali in Lafon County have been at loggerheads over the past years, with tensions prompted by cattle raids and subsequent revenge attacks

Reported concerns about tensions among communities in Eastern Equatoria State’s Loronyo payam (administrative division) recently prompted peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to visit the area for a proactive consultative meeting. “Our youth are living in fear of being attacked, especially when they bring our animals to graze…

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    • People around the world want to play football. In Makpandu, Western Equatoria State, that dream came true thanks to UNMISS engineering troops from Bangladesh.
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Bangladeshi engineering troops bring football joy to Makpandu, Western Equatoria State

They prepared a football ground in the area, played a friendly against the local team and handed over two sets of jerseys, footballs, a couple of trophies and a South Sudanese flag to the schools

There is a reason football is the world’s most popular sport: the beautiful game can be played almost everywhere. In Makpandu in Western Equatoria State, it used to be the word “almost” that defined the situation for boys and girls attending primary and secondary school, and everyone else in the…

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Floods hampering UNMAS demining work in Jonglei State’s Pigi County

In October 2021, a demining team assessed the situation in this part of the county and educated the population on how to minimize risks involved in living in a contaminated area

Residents in Pigi County, on the Jonglei State side of the river border with Upper Nile State, need to tread carefully. Floods mean that the recommendation by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to relocate cannot be followed. “We hope that the demining team will eventually be able to…

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    • UNMISS Peacekeepers Teach Wau Women Money-Making PatternsUNMISS peacekeepers teaching women in and around Wau the fine art of tailoring. Photo Credit: Dawit K. Tedla/UNMISS
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UNMISS Peacekeepers Teach Wau Women Money-Making Patterns

To make their efforts more long-lasting, the contingent handed over three sewing machines to the Ministry of Gender, thus enabling them to train more women in the area

“I used to sell veggies in the market, but it did not pay well,” says Lucia Richard Ujang, a 35-year-old widow and a mother of three children. “Today I have been awarded a sewing machine for best performance during the training”. Ms. Ujang is talking about a six-week-long tailoring course offered…

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    • Women in Loguruny, a village in Eastern Equatoria State, interacting with an UNMISS patrol team. Photos: Moses Yakudu/UNMISS
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UNMISS to look into potential dialogue to end worsening Eastern Equatorian intercommunal violence

Cattle raiding, revenge killings, road ambushes and other incidents of violence have plagued the area for years, but widespread hunger seems to exacerbate tensions

Since intercommunal relations in and around Loguruny village in Eastern Equatoria State appear to be deteriorating, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan will call on local partners to jointly organize a dialogue between the parties involved in recent conflicts. According to locals, including previously displaced people who have recently…