JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The UN Security Council Working Group on children
and armed conflict is in South Sudan to seek ways of protecting
children in the wake of recent peace deal, the UN mission said
The UN Mission in
South Sudan (UNMISS) said the delegation, which arrived in Juba
on Sunday, will hold high-level talks with senior government
actors including UN, NGOs and inter-faith organizations to
discuss opportunities to strengthen the protection of children.
“A particular focus
will be dedicated to accountability for perpetrators of grave
violations against children as well as on the reintegration of
children that have been released from parties to conflict as a
way of promoting sustainable peace,” said UNMISS in a statement
issued in Juba.
It said the group,
which will be in South Sudan until Wednesday, will also travel
to Pibor and Bor to see first-hand the challenges created by
ongoing violations perpetrated against children by parties to
the conflict and to meet with local governors, the UNMISS and
partners implementing reintegration programs for children that
have been the victims of the six grave violations.
The visit by the
delegation which is led by ambassador to the United Nations,
Olof Skoog, will build on the visit by Virginia Gamba, the
special representative of the UN secretary-general for children
and armed conflict, to South Sudan in September.
During her September
visit, Gamba had condemned rampant violence perpetrated against
children in war-torn South Sudan.
recruitment of children into armed groups, sexual violence,
abductions, killing, attacks on schools and denial of
humanitarian aid are rife as children continue to suffer the
brunt of nearly five years of civil war.
descended into civil war in late 2013, and the conflict has
created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.
The United Nations
estimates that about 4 million South Sudanese have been
displaced internally and externally.
September South Sudan peace
hold as it has popular support: ambassador
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
A peace agreement signed between South Sudanese
warring parties in September 12, will hold as it has popular
support, a senior South Sudan official said on Monday.
South Sudan has been
embroiled in almost five years of conflict that has taken a
devastating toll on the people, creating one of the fastest
growing refugee crises in the world.
Speaking to Xinhua,
James Morgan, South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia and the
African Union, said while several peace agreements to end the
South Sudan civil war have been signed and broken soon after,
the September 12 peace agreement is all inclusive and has the
acceptance of South Sudanese public.
“The September 12
peace agreement facilitated by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy
Ahmed is based on the principle of African solutions to African
problems,” he further said.
“I understand there
is skepticism about the latest South Sudan peace agreement, but
nobody thought the two decades old mutual animosity between
Ethiopia and Eritrea would be resolved in the blink of an eye,
but it did,” said Morgan, referring to the other peace process
in the Horn of Africa region.
Ethiopia and Eritrea
fought a two-year bloody border war from 1998-2000 that ended in
a December 2000 peace agreement, but the two countries remained
locked in a state of cold war, until July when a series of
mutual rapid diplomatic moves by both countries saw the two
nations reconcile again.
Ethiopia has hosted
several rounds of South Sudan peace talks and Eritrea has
longstanding ties with the ruling party of South Sudan, Sudan
People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and analysts hope the
Ethiopia-Eritrea reconciliation will encourage South Sudanese
parties to stick to peace agreement.
South Sudan to probe
inter-ethnic skirmishes in Jonglei state
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The South Sudanese government said on Saturday it
is ready to probe tribal clashes in Jonglei state where 15
people have died and 20 others have sustained injuries.
Taban Deng Gai,
South Sudan’s First Vice President, said the country’s top
leadership has condemned the latest violence that has affected
the people of Duk Payuel and Jalle respectively.
“I condemn in the
strongest terms the attacks which occurred on Oct. 30 and 31
when the affected people were preparing to celebrate the signed
peace agreement on Wednesday,” Gai said in a statement issued in
He said the
government is committed to investigate the grievous incident and
called on the state’s governors to restore calm between the two
“We urge local
authorities to work together with the disciplined forces to
bring these perpetrators to book,” said Gai.
Earlier this week a
group of armed Murle men attacked Duk Payuel and Bor North
County, killed 15 people and wounded 20 others but the incident
was refuted by the Murle authorities on Friday.
“I would like to
take this opportunity to express government commitment to
investigate this grievous incidence and called upon the state’s
governors to restore the peace by ensuring no retaliation acts
occur,” said Gai.
The Jonglei region
bordering Ethiopia to the east has long been plagued by ethnic
fighting over cattle grazing grounds and access to water.
The region is prone
to deadly cattle rustling between the Nuer, Murle and Dinka
tribes who often carry out retaliatory attacks against each
South Sudan seeks to invest in
university education amid peace
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan said on Monday it will
prioritize investing more in higher education to achieve quality
standards and competitiveness in a bid to help transform its
human resource and economy.
Yien Oral Lam Tut,
minister of higher education, said that they will invest and
support the five public universities and collaborate with
private universities to strengthen quality education, hence
making it attractive for the brilliant South Sudanese who often
pursue education on scholarships outside the country.
should be getting a total of 5 percent of the national budget
annually. This is going to improve with the coming of peace
since the service sector like education has not been fully
funded due to conflict and economic hardship,” he told
journalists in Juba.
Sudan passed 2018/19 budget of 600 million U.S. dollars of which
the service sector, including education, roads and capital
development, were not given much priority due to the urge to end
the over four years conflict.
Tut disclosed that
falling standards and quality in higher education are due to the
country losing some of its bright students and human resource to
outside countries in pursuit of quality education and jobs,
hence the need to invest more in the sector.
“The very qualified
students are going outside the country due to availability of
scholarships which affects quality in our education, but we need
to retain these students to maintain standards,” said Tut.
The five public
universities include University of Juba, Rumbek, and Bahr El
Ghazal, John Garang University of Science and Technology and
University of Upper Nile.
students have benefited from scholarships offered by China,
which are aimed at improving the technical capacity of the
youngest nation which has been bedeviled by conflict since
winning independence from Sudan in 2011.
undersecretary in the ministry of general education, said the
education is positively improving due to the fact they have
managed to set up national curriculum with support from China.
“We no longer rely
on foreign curriculum from Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. What we are
using now is South Sudan curriculum. This will assure us of
stable foundation in education,” he said.
helped develop books with South Sudan curriculum and has also
been equipping officials and teachers with expertise in the
“For the first time
we shall be able to launch books that are based on South Sudan
curriculum,” said Lopuke.