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Rwanda deploys female-dominated police contingent to S. Sudan

June 27, 2018 (KIGALI/JUBA) – Rwanda has deployed a contingent of 160 police officers, majority women, for a one-year peacekeeping duty under the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The group left the capital, Kigali for South Sudan on Wednesday.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Teddy Ruyenzi heads the group and it's the first time Rwanda has deployed a female-led contingent.
Speaking during the pre-deployment briefing, the deputy inspector general of police in charge of (...)

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Japan extends dispatch of troops to UN mission in S. Sudan

May 20, 2018 (TOKYO) - The Japanese government on Friday announced it had extended the dispatch of four Self-Defense Forces members to the headquarters of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until May 31 2019.
Japan ended its five-year deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force civil engineering units to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan, or UNMISS, in 2017. But it has kept SDF members stationed at UNMISS headquarters since 2011.
“We believe the current role of the (...)

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UN extends mandate of Interim Security Force for Abyei

May 16, 2018 (JUBA) - The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted the resolution extending the mandate of its Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May next year, saying the current situation is a serious threat to international peace.
Made up of Ethiopian troops, UNISFA was established in June 2011 at the request of the Sudan and South Sudan governments.
The resolution reiterated the demand for Sudan and South Sudan to urgently establish an Abyei Area (...)

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Two Japanese peacekeepers die months after S. Sudan mission

March 18, 2018 (TOKYO) – Two Japanese Self-Defense Force officers committed suicide after returning home from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, the government said Friday last week.
The government, Japan Times reported, disclosed this as a response to a question raised by Tomoko Abe, the House of Representatives lawmaker from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.
However, the Japanese government, in a written statement, said the officers' death was not linked (...)

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Dinka Ngok and Messeriya communities sign peace pact

March 6, 2018 (ABYEI) - Representatives from the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities signed a community peace agreement to support peaceful coexistence between the two groups on 5 March following a three-day conference in the Abyei Administrative Area.
The conference, supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA), attracted over 150 participants from both (...)

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UN peacekeeping review urges support for S. Sudan political process

February 28, 2018 (JUBA) - A review of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in war-torn South Sudan requires reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict is the most effective way to protect civilians, a senior UN official has said.
"A sustainable political resolution of the conflict is also the only avenue to chalk out a viable exit strategy" for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita told the UN Security (...)

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S. Sudan Bishop wins Roosevelt freedom award for peace

February 7, 2018 (Middelburg) – A South Sudanese Bishop has won an award in recognition for the peace village he founded as the visible embodiment of his peacemaking efforts in the young nation.
Emeritus Bishop Paride Taban will, in May, receive the Freedom of Worship Award, one of the Four Freedoms Awards presented annually by the Roosevelt Foundation in Middelburg, Netherlands.
The Netherlands-based peace building entity, Pax, in a 6 February statement, described Taban, a retired Bishop (...)

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Chinese peacekeepers, armed militants in stand-off in S. Sudan

January 6, 2017 (JUBA) – The Chinese military has revealed details of this week's tense stand-off between its peacekeepers and armed militants in South Sudan.
The incident reportedly occurred at the same location where two Chinese peacekeepers were killed during fighting in South Sudan 18 months ago.
Peacekeepers at the United Nations compound in the capital Juba were told armed militants had entered a restricted zone on Thursday afternoon, South China Morning Post reported in its Saturday (...)

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Governors’ peace conference kicks-off in Yambio

November 28, 2017 (YAMBIO) – A two day inter-state governors' peace intervention conference commenced on Tuesday in Yambio, the capital of South Sudan's Gbudue state with wide calls for unity.
Nine state governors, state assembly speakers and the head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan, David Shearer attended the conference under the theme: “Peace within and across the border.”
While officially opening the two-day event, the chairperson of the faith-based council for peace in Western (...)

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South Sudan’s Murle leaders welcome peace declaration

November 21, 2017 (BOR) - Murle leaders in South Sudan have welcomed calls for reconciliation and signed a declaration resolving to work towards peace and development beyond ethnic and political divisions.
The peace declaration, according to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was signed at the conclusion of an historic peace and reconciliation conference supported by the UN mission in Jonglei state region.
The leaders vowed to improve the dire situation in the southeast (...)

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Rwandan peacekeepers introduce community service in S. Sudan

November 12, 2017 (JUBA) - Rwandan peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have introduced voluntary community cleaning exercise to ensure hygiene, sanitation and other human security activities in the internally displaced peoples' camps within the war-torn East African country.
The Rwandan homegrown initiative, also known as Umuganda, was launched in Protection of Civilian (POC) 3, an IDP camp that accommodates over 33, 000 internally displaced South (...)

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Former S. Sudanese army chief calls for external mediation

November 8, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan's former army chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong has called for external mediation after community leaders failed to break standoff after his refusal to put down arms and release guards in compliance with a presidential directive.
In a 7 November letter addressed to David Shearer, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Malong, called for intervention of the world body and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to (...)

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Inter-communal conference kicks off in Wau state

November 1, 2017 (WAU) – A three-day conference, which brought together 40 participants from three ethnic communities to rebuild confidence, commenced in South Sudan's Wau state Wednesday.
The conflict in South Sudan, now in its fourth year, has deeply divided the East African nation and its communities along ethnic dimensions.
Stephen Robo, the state coordinator for Community for Empowerment for Progress (CEPO), said he was optimistic the three communities will come up with strong (...)

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S. Sudanese exiled in Kenya want inclusion in peace consultations

October 15, 2017 (NAIROBI) – Civil society activists currently exiled in Kenya have petitioned regional bloc (IGAD) demanding that they be included in the ongoing IGAD-led peace revitalization forum.
The group, however, welcomed IGAD's decision to interact with different stakeholders in the peace revitalization process and have requested that refugees and exiled civil society leaders be included.
“We condemn the deliberate exclusion of diaspora civil society and youth, forgetting that we (...)

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South Sudan’s Kiir, UN envoy differ over regional forces

September 27, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the head of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS) have each differed over the deployment of regional protection forces.
President Kiir on Wednesday directed all the country's security organs to extend full cooperation to regional protection force, saying initial differences over the airport had finally been resolved.
“There is no dispute. What happened when they [regional force] came has resolved. They wanted to (...)

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S. Sudan civil society entity holds peace building training in Wau

September 25, 2017 (WAU) - A five-day training on peace-building for the youth is currently underway in South Sudan's Wau state.
Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), a South Sudanese civil society organization is organizing the training.
CEPO state coordinator, Stephen Robo said the training seeks to empower the youth on how to rebuild peace in their communities.
“CEPO and in collaboration with South Sudan Saver World in South Sudan, we are organizing a training for (...)

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S. Sudan’s warring factions urged to end citizens’ suffering

September 21, 2017 (KAMPALA) – The human rights entity, Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has called on South Sudan government and the armed opposition faction to reach a peaceful settlement of the conflict through negotiations to end suffering of millions of people.
An estimated over two million people have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan since it broke out in the young nation in December 2013.
CPJ's Coordinator, Tito Anthony, however, said the warring parties need to reach (...)

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Zimbabwean police officer awarded for peacekeeping role in Abyei

September 20, 2017 (ABYEI) – A Zimbabwean police officer has received this year's International Female Police Peacekeeper Award for her service and achievements in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).
Annah Chota, an Assistance Inspector of Police in the Southern African nation, was given at the International Women and Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns, Australia on 18 September.
The award, given annually since 2011, recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of (...)

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