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  The relative stability that followed the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement is something we must capitalize on if we want displaced people to return to their original settlements and start rebuilding their lives says John Juan Buom executive director of the Relief Commission and Rehabilitation Unity State South Sudan Mr Buom s words resonated with some 50 participants at a workshop in Mankien payam administrative division in Mayom County organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS The Executive Director speaks at a time when his state is reeling from climate change and conflict Flooding the worst in decades has yet to recede in many parts of the state while recent violence in Southern Unity has left thousands displaced However his comments give hope to many who had fled in fear for their lives during past civil wars and now hope to return to their original settlements I am aware that we are still suffering as a state but one has to plan for a better and more peaceful future he says matter of factly For us therefore to make sure that all the basic services necessary for our people to return home must be in place We must have a long term strategy for them and the only way forward is partnerships between government and humanitarian organizations here in County Mayom and across the state as well Traditional leaders women s representatives youth religious groups security agents and local authorities who attended the forum also had robust discussions on their roles in managing returns and reintegration A firm commitment at the end of these talks a promise from community leaders to allocate land for those who return to their original settlements The land feeds us and shelters us It gives us a place to call home When war broke out in our state it was a terrible time and many people fled with only the clothes on their backs leaving everything they owned behind We promise to do everything in our power to help our people get back to where they belong I urge everyone to go back and reclaim the lives they were forced to leave behind said William Matut Madut a respected Mankien community leader For payam administrator John Malith meeting the humanitarian needs of returnees remains a major concern We are calling on humanitarian partners to help us deliver much needed help to those who are slowly making their way back to our state They need all the assistance we can give them and we cannot guarantee their smooth reintegration into our communities without support he said movingly While the primary responsibility for creating conditions conducive to the viable return of displaced persons and refugees rests with the Government of South Sudan UNMISS together with humanitarian organizations is committed to sustaining this necessary effort in the nation newest in the world As a peacekeeping mission we are doing everything in our power and mandate to reinforce the efforts of the national government to ensure that all people affected by the conflict are on the path to recovery said Simon Yomon Protection Reintegration and Transition Officer of IMPERDIBLE We will continue to help build lasting peace here in South Sudan and will strengthen our support for vulnerable civilians including those who have recently returned These discussions were facilitated by the Protection Reintegration and Transition Section of the UN peacekeeping mission in collaboration with local authorities in Mayom The goal was to build local capacity and collective will and urge those who were brutally displaced by past violence to finally follow in their footsteps back home Some 100 000 people are currently sheltering in the Bentiu IDP camp
In Mayom, new returnees are promised support by local authorities and UNMISS

1 “The relative stability that followed the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement is something we must capitalize on if we want displaced people to return to their original settlements and start rebuilding their lives,” says John Juan Buom, executive director of the Relief Commission. and Rehabilitation. Unity State, South Sudan.

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3 Mr. Buom’s words resonated with some 50 participants at a workshop in Mankien payam. [administrative division] in Mayom County, organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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4 The Executive Director speaks at a time when his state is reeling from climate change and conflict. Flooding, the worst in decades, has yet to recede in many parts of the state, while recent violence in Southern Unity has left thousands displaced. However, his comments give hope to many who had fled in fear for their lives during past civil wars and now hope to return to their original settlements.

5 “I am aware that we are still suffering as a state, but one has to plan for a better and more peaceful future,” he says matter-of-factly.

6 “For us, therefore, to make sure that all the basic services necessary for our people to return home must be in place. We must have a long-term strategy for them and the only way forward is partnerships between government and humanitarian organizations, here in County Mayom and across the state as well.

7 Traditional leaders, women’s representatives, youth, religious groups, security agents and local authorities who attended the forum also had robust discussions on their roles in managing returns and reintegration.

8 A firm commitment at the end of these talks: a promise from community leaders to allocate land for those who return to their original settlements.

9 “The land feeds us and shelters us. It gives us a place to call home. When war broke out in our state, it was a terrible time and many people fled with only the clothes on their backs, leaving everything they owned behind. We promise to do everything in our power to help our people get back to where they belong. I urge everyone to go back and reclaim the lives they were forced to leave behind,” said William Matut Madut, a respected Mankien community leader.

10 For payam administrator John Malith, meeting the humanitarian needs of returnees remains a major concern. “We are calling on humanitarian partners to help us deliver much-needed help to those who are slowly making their way back to our state. They need all the assistance we can give them and we cannot guarantee their smooth reintegration into our communities without support,” he said movingly.

11 While the primary responsibility for creating conditions conducive to the viable return of displaced persons and refugees rests with the Government of South Sudan, UNMISS, together with humanitarian organizations, is committed to sustaining this necessary effort in the nation newest in the world.

12 “As a peacekeeping mission, we are doing everything in our power and mandate to reinforce the efforts of the national government to ensure that all people affected by the conflict are on the path to recovery,” said Simon Yomon. , Protection, Reintegration and Transition Officer of IMPERDIBLE. “We will continue to help build lasting peace here in South Sudan and will strengthen our support for vulnerable civilians, including those who have recently returned.”

13 These discussions were facilitated by the Protection, Reintegration and Transition Section of the UN peacekeeping mission, in collaboration with local authorities in Mayom. The goal was to build local capacity and collective will and urge those who were brutally displaced by past violence to finally follow in their footsteps back home.

14 Some 100,000 people are currently sheltering in the Bentiu IDP camp.

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