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POC, a point of ‘friction’ between gov’t, UNMISS

An independent review of the UNMISS has found that the Protection of Civilians sites in the country continue to remain a point of ‘friction’ between the government and the peacekeeping mission. UNMISS was initiated in 2011 as a capacity-building tool but its mandate was changed to protection of civilians after eruption of the conflict in 2013. There have been calls from the government that the mission’s mandate should be reviewed to focus more on development rather civilian protection. This,…

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South Sudan: Government says sanctions will not change its position on peace

South Sudan’s government has criticized the international community for calling for all-out sanctions against the newest nation saying the threats of sanctions will not change anything about its principled position on the peace process. The Trump administration has recently restricted all sales of defence equipment and services to South Sudan, saying the move was in response to South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis and that the restrictions effectively amount to a “domestic arms embargo.” Speaking during a press conference in Juba…

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School restarts in South Sudan, in theory

 Some of South Sudan’s 6,000 schools opened for a new academic year this month — but the government does not know how many. Teachers have not been paid. Many of them, and their pupils, are on the run after four years of fighting. In the capital, classrooms are filled with hungry displaced families. The United Nations Children’s Fund estimated in December that three-quarters of children are out of school, threatening to create a second “lost generation” of uneducated adults…

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