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  •  Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People 2 to 7 July 2022 Programme 28 05 2022
    Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan (Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People) – 2 to 7 July 2022 – Programme, 28.05.2022
     Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People 2 to 7 July 2022 Programme 28 05 2022
    Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan (Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People) – 2 to 7 July 2022 – Programme, 28.05.2022
    Africa3 months ago

    Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan (Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People) – 2 to 7 July 2022 – Programme, 28.05.2022

    Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan (Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Peace to the Land and People of South Sudan) - July 2-7, 2022 - Programme, 05.28.2022:

    Saturday, July 2, 2022

    ROME - KINSASA

    09:30

    Departure by plane from Rome/Fiumicino International Airport to Kinshasa

    16:00

    Arrival at Kinshasa International Airport

    16:00

    OFFICIAL WELCOME at Kinshasa "Ndjili" International Airport

    17:30

    WELCOME CEREMONY at the "Palais de la Nation" in Kinshasa

    17:45

    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the "Salle Présidentielle" of the "Palais de la Nation" in Kinshasa

    18:30

    MEETING WITH THE AUTHORITIES AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the garden of the "Palais de la Nation" in Kinshasa

    Address of the Holy Father

    19:15

    PRIVATE MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS ​​at the Apostolic Nunciature in Kinshasa

    Sunday, July 3, 2022

    KINSHASA

    08:00

    HOLY MASS at Kinshasa Ndolo Airport

    Homily of the Holy Father

    Angelus

    18:00

    MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED, SEMINARISTS at the "Notre Dame du Congo" Cathedral in Kinshasa

    Address of the Holy Father

    Monday, July 4, 2022

    KINSHASA - GUM - KINSHASA

    06:45

    Departure by plane from Kinshasa "Ndjili" international airport to Goma

    10:15

    Arrival at Goma airport

    12:00

    HOLY MASS at Camp Kibumba

    Homily of the Holy Father

    five pm

    MEETING WITH VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN BENI AND EASTERN CONGO at the Diocesan Reception Center of Goma

    Address of the Holy Father

    18:30

    Departure by plane from Goma airport to Kinshasa

    20:00

    Arrival at Kinshasa International Airport "Ndjili"

    Tuesday, July 5, 2022

    KINSHASA - JUBA

    08:40

    MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND CATECHISTS at the Martyrs' Stadium in Kinshasa

    Address of the Holy Father

    10:10

    FAREWELL CEREMONY at Kinshasa International Airport

    10:35

    Departure by plane from Kinshasa "Ndjili" international airport to Juba

    The Holy Father makes the Journey to South Sudan together with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

    15:00

    Arrival at Juba International Airport

    15:00

    WELCOME CEREMONY at Juba International Airport

    15:45

    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC at the Presidential Palace in Juba

    16:15

    MEETING WITH THE VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE REPUBLIC at the Presidential Palace in Juba

    five pm

    MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Juba

    Address of the Holy Father

    Wednesday, July 6, 2022

    JUBA

    08:45

    VISIT TO INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS in the IDP camp in Juba

    Address of the Holy Father

    11:30

    PRIVATE MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS ​​at the Apostolic Nunciature of Juba

    five pm

    MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED, SEMINARISTS in the Cathedral of Saint Therese of Juba

    Address of the Holy Father

    18:30

    ECUMENICAL PRAYER at the "John Garang" Mausoleum in Juba

    Address of the Holy Father

    Thursday, July 7, 2022

    JUBA - ROME

    08:00

    HOLY MASS at the "John Garang" Mausoleum in Juba

    Homily of the Holy Father

    10:45

    FAREWELL CEREMONY at Juba International Airport

    11:15

    Departure by plane from Juba International Airport to Rome

    18:05

    Arrival at Rome/Fiumicino International Airport

  •  UNPOL trains South Sudanese women police on preventing violations against children
    UNPOL trains South Sudanese women police on preventing violations against children
     UNPOL trains South Sudanese women police on preventing violations against children
    UNPOL trains South Sudanese women police on preventing violations against children
    Africa6 months ago

    UNPOL trains South Sudanese women police on preventing violations against children

    “Prolonged flooding and subsequent displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic and general insecurity in Jonglei have led to an increase in sexual abuse among young people,” reveals Colonel Joseph Malual Alou, director general of the Jonglei Special Police Unit. Jonglei.Colonel Alou was speaking at a two-day workshop facilitated by United Nations Police Officers (UNPOL) serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for 25 policewomen from the South Sudan National Police Service. South Sudan.The topic of this training session: prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation among communities.“As a state, Jonglei is spread over a large area,” adds Colonel Alou. “The size itself, coupled with the difficult terrain, makes it impossible for us to record every case. But we are aware that women and young girls are suffering because of this and it is up to us to do everything we can and face this scourge head on.”Another factor that the local police believe is contributing to these problems is the continuing displacement of people from Jonglei to Bor town. Displaced people lack the social protection and support provided by their original settlements. Therefore, they are frequently the target of sexually motivated crimes.Displacement is rooted not only in natural calamities such as floods, but also in a sharp rise in intercommunal conflict as well as crime in the Jonglei metropolitan region.The other important factor that Colonel Alou highlighted is the cultural and traditional beliefs that influence survivors of sexual violence not to report crimes committed against them.“This is a huge hurdle for law enforcement personnel, coupled with the fact that the majority of South Sudanese are completely ignorant of the protections they are entitled to under our nation's laws,” said Colonel .Bernard Norgah, one of the UNPOL officers, who facilitated the workshop, revealed that the participants were taken through the rule of law and human rights practices that uphold the rights of citizens who come to them for help or of those they arrest. He also learned how these are violated by the perpetrators.“We guide them through these topics so they have a better understanding of the factors that lead to sexual exploitation and abuse.”He confirmed that the practice appears to be widespread in the communities. “We hear about these cases in our patrols all the time. But people are reluctant to report them. So when policewomen are fully aware of their responsibilities and take the message to the communities, hopefully we will be able to easily stop those who commit such acts,” Bernard explained.Participants said they found the sessions enlightening and useful.“The workshop has empowered us and we look forward to spreading the knowledge we have gained among our communities and building their trust in us as police officers. Perhaps this is the beginning of a breakthrough for women and girls to more judiciously report any crime or sexual abuse they have been subjected to and we can make progress in preventing such events,” said Maj. Akur Ayom of Police Social Welfare. Unit in Bor.“Most cases are never reported to the police until someone becomes pregnant or health issues arise. By then the perpetrators may have left the area and as police officers we are unable to bring justice to the survivors. I hope we can change this mindset,” she added.Section 247 of the South Sudan Penal Code (2008) clearly prohibits any form of sexual exploitation or abuse. 

  •  Hope floats Two Communities eschew Decade long Conflict in Favour of Peaceful Coexistence
    Hope floats: Two Communities eschew Decade-long Conflict in Favour of Peaceful Coexistence
     Hope floats Two Communities eschew Decade long Conflict in Favour of Peaceful Coexistence
    Hope floats: Two Communities eschew Decade-long Conflict in Favour of Peaceful Coexistence
    Africa6 months ago

    Hope floats: Two Communities eschew Decade-long Conflict in Favour of Peaceful Coexistence

    When we heard people from other communities say that the conflict between us was spreading to other parts of the state as well, it was like a wake-up call for us.

    JUBA, South Sudan, February 8, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Two communities in Lakes State, Amonhom of Kuei and Panyon of Rup, share many resources, including grazing land, water, and cattle camps.

    Everything was going well until in 2007, a dispute over riverbank property destroyed their neighborly relationship and led to serious clashes that killed or injured thousands.

    Both communities recently ended this decade-long dispute by signing a peace agreement that is the result of continued commitments by the state government, peace actors and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to over the years. These commitments included peace talks, preventive deployment of Blue Helmets, mobilization of youth, women and intellectuals to embrace lasting peace and much more.

    To ensure that the communities adhere to the letter of this recent agreement, the UN peacekeeping mission recently visited the Wun-Yar cattle camp, where youth from both communities are working in harmony. The mission staff was accompanied by Mr. Zacharia Kuoi, Director General of the state Ministry of Peacebuilding.

    The young people were happy to demonstrate the friendship that now prevails between both communities.

    “When we heard people from other communities say that the conflict between us was spreading to other parts of the state as well, it was like a wake-up call for us. This is the main reason we all come together. Here at Wun-Yar we are brothers and sisters. We promise that no more lives will be lost to senseless violence and we would like to see that message spread to other Lakes communities,” said passionately Marial Makoi, Panyon's youth leader.

    Chol Marial, youth leader of Amonhom in Wun-Yar agrees, revealing that with the overall improvement in the security situation across the state, women, children and youth are sleeping in peace.

    “Cattle raids have stopped. If a cow goes missing these days, we know she must have gotten lost on the highway and been hit by a vehicle or eaten by wild animals. If you meet a person on a motorcycle on the way to the hospital, it is a case of illness and not a gunshot wound. There is an atmosphere of peace and, most importantly, there is complete trust between everyone,” says Chol, adding his thanks to everyone who helped broker this peace, including the government and UNMISS.

    This is the first time since 2012 that former Lakes State rivals have been living amicably in a single cattle camp.

    For his part, Mr. Gibril Turay, UNMISS Civil Affairs Officer in Rumbek, applauded both communities for setting a remarkable example.

    “We came here today because we know your story. What you have accomplished here is remarkable. This shows that peace benefits everyone and if people truly commit to building peace, mutual respect and trust, no force in the world will ever be able to divide them again. We will make sure that this peace is supported so that it can be sustainable,” he stated.

  •  South Sudanese refugees return to Raja Western Bahr el Ghazal but face challenges
    South Sudanese refugees return to Raja, Western Bahr el Ghazal, but face challenges
     South Sudanese refugees return to Raja Western Bahr el Ghazal but face challenges
    South Sudanese refugees return to Raja, Western Bahr el Ghazal, but face challenges
    Africa6 months ago

    South Sudanese refugees return to Raja, Western Bahr el Ghazal, but face challenges

    Since her return to her own country, Haja and others like her have received no humanitarian assistance.

    JUBA, South Sudan, February 7, 2022/APO Group/ --

    With much reduced political violence in South Sudan, both refugees and IDPs are slowly returning to their original settlements. However, returning home has come with its own set of challenges.

    “When the conflict broke out in 2016, I fled to South Darfur in Sudan, but now that there is relative peace in my own country, I decided it was time to return to my people,” reveals Haja Fartak, a 60-year-old man. woman and one of the 2,000 refugees who have recently returned to Raja, a county in western Bahr el Ghazal.

    Most of these new returnees were taking refuge in Nimir, Buram and Fordos in South Darfur.

    However, since her return to her own country, Haja and others like her have received no humanitarian assistance.

    To get a first-hand view of the situation, a joint delegation from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) visited the county last week.

    “We are here today to meet with you and listen to your concerns so that we can provide much-needed support to all returnees as they strive to rebuild their lives,” said Sam Muhumure, UNMISS Field Office Chief in Wau, while she spoke. to community leaders.

    Furthermore, Mr. Muhumure reiterated the UN peacekeeping mission's commitment to rehabilitate the necessary checkpoints along the Wau-Raja road to ensure unrestricted access for humanitarian aid supplies.

    For his part, Arafat Jamal, UNHCR country director in South Sudan, urged all humanitarian actors to mobilize rapid support for the recent returnees.

    “As UNHCR, we are looking at the conditions recently returned refugees face so we can better assess the kind of help they need,” said Mr. Jamal.

    General Salah Mumigi, Raja County Commissioner, stressed that the new returnees face a desperate situation. “There has been a massive influx of voluntary returns in the last three months and as a county we need all the help we can get to ensure that our brothers and sisters who have returned to South Sudan after years can start a new one. stage of life in a dignified way where all their basic needs are satisfied. I hope our government and international partners heed this call,” he stated.

    In addition, County Commissioner Mumigi also called for all South Sudanese refugees currently living in Sudan to return safely.

  •  Women in Warrap State advocate for Unity Equal Opportunities and Fair Representation
    Women in Warrap State advocate for Unity, Equal Opportunities and Fair Representation
     Women in Warrap State advocate for Unity Equal Opportunities and Fair Representation
    Women in Warrap State advocate for Unity, Equal Opportunities and Fair Representation
    Africa6 months ago

    Women in Warrap State advocate for Unity, Equal Opportunities and Fair Representation

    It is a fact that political and peacebuilding processes are more durable and successful when women are fully involved

    JUBA, South Sudan, February 3, 2022/APO Group/ --

    A two-day advocacy forum on women, peace and security has concluded in Kuajok, and discussions have focused on ways to influence and achieve effective participation of women in the country's governance and peace process.

    Some 60 women from Gokrial East, Gokrial West, Twic, Tonj North, Tonj South and Tonj East counties expressed their multiple demands at the event and were supported by a successful "sister", Amiir Amet Kuol, Minister of Commerce and Warrap State Trade. Industry.

    "We must unite, regardless of our social or political backgrounds, as women of Warrap State to fight against gender inequality and exploitation. Gender equality is a human rights issue and concerns us all: men and boys, women and girls. Discrimination against women hurts us all," she said.

    Traditional cultural practices were cited as restricting women's opportunities and participation in leadership, leading to women being less educated, poorer, and having less access to resources and skills development.

    Combined, these factors erode women's self-esteem, according to Elisabeth Adol Kuanydeng, a women's rights activist from Twic County.

    “Some women don't have confidence in themselves. They may be willing to participate in leadership, but they are not 100 percent sure that they are welcome to express their feelings and opinions,” she said.

    Ajok Majok Kuel, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of women playing a substantial role in the ongoing peace process in South Sudan.

    “What interests us as women is peace. We are not fighting, but when our children are killed, we feel that we are the ones who die,” she said, citing the high cost that the conflict takes on women and children.

    In the country's revitalized peace agreement, signed in Addis Ababa in September 2018, women are theoretically guaranteed at least 35 percent political representation at all levels of government. This provision has not yet been fully implemented.

    For her part, Anastasie Nyirigira Mukangarambe, Head of the Field Office of the UN peacekeeping mission in Kuajok, called on women and men alike to build networks to promote equal rights and opportunities.

    “I have seen, met and befriended some really strong women. They are passionate, committed and qualified to hold government positions and be true leaders and influencers. It is a fact that political and peacebuilding processes are more lasting and successful when women are fully involved,” she stated.

    The forum was organized by the Warrap State Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, with the support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the United Nations Development Programme.

  •  UNMISS air patrol reaches out to flood isolated community in Twic County Warrap State
    UNMISS air patrol reaches out to flood-isolated community in Twic County, Warrap State
     UNMISS air patrol reaches out to flood isolated community in Twic County Warrap State
    UNMISS air patrol reaches out to flood-isolated community in Twic County, Warrap State
    Africa6 months ago

    UNMISS air patrol reaches out to flood-isolated community in Twic County, Warrap State

    I hope that the government and development partners can build better roads that will allow us to continue when the rainy season begins.

    JUBA, South Sudan, February 2, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Residents of Akoc in Warrap State's Twic County haven't been spoiled by visitors from afar lately. Indeed, heavy flooding has left them cut off from others for nearly six months, and their humanitarian situation has deteriorated as a result.

    “It's been relatively quiet here for the past few months, so havoc-causing flooding is our main concern. Tens of thousands of people remain displaced because they have no way to repair their homes and resume their livelihoods,” says payam (administrative division) manager Tong Lual Wol.

    He was speaking with an aviation patrol team made up of military and civilian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, which made the flight to assess the security and humanitarian situation in the area.

    Residents fear tensions will rise when the rainy season begins and nomads from Sudan leave Twic County.

    "Usually there is some rioting before we leave," says local youth leader Madut Mawein. “That's why we appreciate the peacekeeping mission's efforts to bring us all together to talk. Communication gives us confidence,” he adds.

    The women who have stayed in Akoc, instead of seeking better opportunities elsewhere, are concerned that teachers are not paid, putting the education of children in the community at risk. However, they are taking initiatives to improve their own batch.

    “We have been inspired by the work that the peacekeeping mission is doing to empower women in South Sudan. As a result, our women operate a small business in the local market, growing vegetables for sale,” says Riak Loul Mayulo, President of the community women's group. “I hope that the government and development partners can build better roads that will allow us to continue when the rainy season starts, otherwise we will be isolated and it will not be feasible.”

    While Roda Sube, gender affairs officer serving UNMISS in Kuajok, is pleased with the efforts of her sisters in Akoc, she also urged community leaders to increase women's political representation and participation in decision-making processes. decision making.

    South Sudan's revitalized peace agreement stipulates that women must hold at least 35 percent of all politically appointed positions.

  •  South Sudan Gateway to East African Energy Hosts Fifth Edition of Official Energy Conference in Juba
    South Sudan, Gateway to East African Energy, Hosts Fifth Edition of Official Energy Conference in Juba
     South Sudan Gateway to East African Energy Hosts Fifth Edition of Official Energy Conference in Juba
    South Sudan, Gateway to East African Energy, Hosts Fifth Edition of Official Energy Conference in Juba
    Africa6 months ago

    South Sudan, Gateway to East African Energy, Hosts Fifth Edition of Official Energy Conference in Juba

    South Sudan now seeks to maximize the value of its natural resources, in line with the energy transition and its development goals

    JUBA, South Sudan, February 2, 2022/APO Group/ --

    South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2022, organized by Energy Capital & Power (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com) in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy and Dams, and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, will return to Juba to its fifth edition on September 7 and 8, 2022. The country is rapidly transforming, with energy at the forefront of its economic recovery. The government and the organizer invite international technology, service and finance providers and energy companies to participate in the conference. The two-day event will address the energy transition and the application of new technologies, along with capacity building opportunities, in South Sudan's oil, gas, power and other related industries.

    Energy Capital & Power (ECP) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth edition of South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2022 which will take place in Juba on September 7-8, in official association with the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry . of Energy and Dams, and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

    The government and the organizer invite international technology, service and finance providers and energy companies to discover the great promise of South Sudan. South Sudan is East Africa's energy gateway, and visitors will be able to meet all the relevant players in the energy and related sector over two days.

    The organizer and the government actively encourage Asian, European and North American companies and delegations to join. Among regional players from the Middle East and Africa, SSOP will welcome ministerial delegations and investors from Kenya, Sudan, Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and more.

    In 2022, SSOP celebrates its fifth anniversary as the leading international forum driving business and investment in East Africa's only major oil-producing market. This year's event emphasizes the important role that energy companies play in ensuring the growth of the national economy, as well as the personal and professional growth of the citizens of South Sudan, with a view to facilitating a sustainable energy transition and fostering local capacity building.

    "Having cemented its status as one of Africa's leading onshore energy markets, South Sudan now seeks to maximize the value of its natural resources, in line with its energy transition and development goals," says Laila Bastati, Managing Director of ECP. “We are excited to develop a program that reflects these priorities and demonstrates the reality of South Sudan's position as the dominant player in energy development in East Africa and as an increasingly competitive place to invest on the edge of the region. ORE".

    Following the Oil Ministry's participation in the US-Africa Energy Forum in Houston in December and engagement with US energy companies in Houston and Washington DC last month, SSOP 2022 will focus on working more with international investors and energy professionals from sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, the United States and Europe. The South Sudanese government has been proactive in creating partnerships between international companies and the local public and private sector, as well as signaling key investment priorities and areas of focus for external investors.

    This conference was previously planned for July 2022 but has now been moved to September 2022. This is an in-person event with limited online speaker slots available and a live stream for outside viewers.

    For more information on sponsorship, exhibit or speaker opportunities at South Sudan Oil & Power 2022, please contact sales@energycapitalpower.com or speak@energycapitalpower.com. Reserve your tickets and learn more at www.ssop2022.com

  •  UNMISS conducts outreach campaign for reconciliation and unity in Western Equatorian counties
    UNMISS conducts outreach campaign for reconciliation and unity in Western Equatorian counties
     UNMISS conducts outreach campaign for reconciliation and unity in Western Equatorian counties
    UNMISS conducts outreach campaign for reconciliation and unity in Western Equatorian counties
    Africa7 months ago

    UNMISS conducts outreach campaign for reconciliation and unity in Western Equatorian counties

    We need activities, like vocational training, to keep young people busy and out of trouble.

    JUBA, South Sudan, February 1, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Promoting reconciliation, unity and peaceful coexistence of different communities was the key objective when the UN Mission in South Sudan and its partners embarked on an outreach campaign in the three counties of Nzara, Ibba and Maridi in Western Equatoria. .

    While in the process of advocating for dialogue and union, the Blue Helmets also took time to listen to the concerns of people living in the areas visited.

    In Nzara County, the one-day event brought together both those who traditionally live here and the many people who have been displaced and came here from Tambura, plagued by conflict and violence.

    “We stay with them [the host communities] in peace, we have not been discriminated against,” said a grateful Catherine John, one of the displaced and traumatized people who arrived in Nzara from Tambura.

    In Ibba County, the main concern of residents is the lack of provision of meaningful services and activities, particularly for idle youth, despite the relative peace that prevails in the area.

    “We, the local youth, are here for peace and collaborate with the security organs, but we have nothing to do. We need activities, like vocational trainings, to keep young people busy and out of trouble,” Soro youth leader John Paulino said as he addressed attendees of a peace rally held at Ibba Market.

    In Maridi, the advice received by the visiting peacekeepers was quite simple: Focus and communicate with the Landili part of the county.

    “Communities in Maridi County live in peace, but we are concerned about the young people of Landili. Many of them have gone to the bush, possibly to join armed groups, and we are urging the peacekeeping mission to be present there and engage with the population,” said youth representative Malis Charles.

    According to Civil Affairs Officer Emmanuel Dukundane, who works at the Mission, the massive displacements caused by the violence in parts of Western Equatoria state mean that the campaign for reconciliation and unity becomes particularly important in the state.

    “Displaced people face many challenges as they share already scarce resources with host communities. This situation could generate tensions and frustrations,” he said.

  •  UNMISS peacekeepers conducts healthy inexpensive cooking session with Eastern Equatorian mothers
    UNMISS peacekeepers conducts healthy, inexpensive cooking session with Eastern Equatorian mothers
     UNMISS peacekeepers conducts healthy inexpensive cooking session with Eastern Equatorian mothers
    UNMISS peacekeepers conducts healthy, inexpensive cooking session with Eastern Equatorian mothers
    Africa7 months ago

    UNMISS peacekeepers conducts healthy, inexpensive cooking session with Eastern Equatorian mothers

    Rwandan troops serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan invited approximately 50 mothers to a demonstration on how healthy and affordable meals can be prepared.

    JUBA, South Sudan, January 31, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Acute malnutrition among children is an all too common problem in South Sudan, and Eastern Equatoria State is no exception. Therefore, the state-based Rwandan UN peacekeepers carried out an outreach activity to teach mothers in Odikolong, near Torit, how to prepare healthy meals for their children.

    “Sometimes food is lacking, and when it is available, many women don't know how to provide their children with a balanced diet with the little money they have,” said Amaring Ikalwa Rose, a chief of the area. "Most mothers feed their children once a day, a practice that contributes to their poor growth."

    Torit hospital records show that between one and three malnourished children are brought to the center each day. To mitigate the problems, the hospital has created mother-to-mother support groups in the communities.

    "We receive many reports about affected children from these groups, and we can say that there is a lack of awareness about what constitutes a proper diet for the little ones," confirmed Antansia Sabasio, director of nutrition at the health center.

    To support the state Ministry of Health, Rwandan troops serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan invited approximately 50 mothers to a demonstration on how healthy and affordable meals can be prepared. The event included hands-on sessions, with various types of vegetables, beans, meat, potatoes and porridge cooked to perfection.

    “As long as a country's children are raised well, the nation will have healthier citizens who will be better able to serve and help the development of South Sudan,” said Maj. Marcelin Gatete, Torit-based Rwandan contingent commander. , explaining the reason for its culinary outreach program.

    In a forecast for last year, the United Nations Children's Fund estimated that 1.4 million South Sudanese children were expected to be acutely malnourished.

  •  UNPOL trains police officers and other organized forces in Upper Nile State on crime management
    UNPOL trains police officers and other organized forces in Upper Nile State on crime management
     UNPOL trains police officers and other organized forces in Upper Nile State on crime management
    UNPOL trains police officers and other organized forces in Upper Nile State on crime management
    Africa7 months ago

    UNPOL trains police officers and other organized forces in Upper Nile State on crime management

    I learned about community policing and the importance of relationship and trust between citizens and the police.

    JUBA, South Sudan, January 28, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Shortcomings when it comes to the rule of law, coupled with dire economic realities, have seen crime rise in Upper Nile state. The United Nations Police working with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan Sur is trying to improve the situation by providing law enforcement officers with the knowledge they need.

    “I learned about community policing and the importance of relationship and trust between citizens and the police. Proper community policing will facilitate our work in terms of information sharing and investigation and handling of crimes and criminals,” said Major Tuong Kur Deng, a high-ranking police officer who attended a recent training.

    About 30 uniformed officers attended the three-day workshop, including a handful of women. It covered a wide range of topics, including the basic principles of human rights, the country's legal framework, and community policing methods. It was part of the peacekeeping mission's mandate and efforts to strengthen South Sudan's entire justice system through capacity development.

    Prisons and their staff are other vital links in that system and therefore prison officers also participated in the training.

    “Now I know more about human rights in general and the rights of those behind bars in particular. We need to respect their dignity and rights, listen to their needs, examine their mental health and help them through their rehabilitation,” said Nyakei Bol, a prison officer in Malakal.

    Similar workshops to build the capacity of police officers and other personnel serving in the justice system are scheduled to take place throughout the Upper Nile region.