Civil society preach peace through photos


Four civil society organizations staged one day  photograph display to spread peace messages.
Vivian Musiri, Program Coordinator of Assistance Mission for Africa says the initiative aims at telling stories of peace to young people through pictures.
Musiri’s charity organization is implementing its project in South Sudan, Radio Bakhita reports.
She says about 300 youth leaders drawn across the country  discussed  how youths can lead peace building and healing processes.
The Peace Photo Exhibition is conducted  annually  for  peace makers  to communicate messages through pictures.
 This year’s exhibition took place at the Presbyterian Church in Juba.

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NBS to destroy 800 bags of bad maize flour


Some of the spoiled maize flour. Photo: Emmanuel Akile/Eye Radio
Some of the spoiled maize flour. Photo: Emmanuel Akile/Eye Radio

More than 800 sacks of maize flour that were found to be invalid for consumption will be destroyed, the National Bureau of Standards has announced.

The Executive Director of the body, Mary Gordon, says the quality assurance department at the bureau had carried out an inspection on the goods.

She says they found out that the maize flour were stored in unfavorable conditions, affecting their quality.

Ms Gordon says the sacks of maize flour were brought in by Amin Akasha Cooperate Company.

“The national bureau of standards found wetness in the flour, but I want to say that it doesn’t mean that Mr. Akasha’s products or flour is not good,” she said.

Efforts to reach Amin Akasha Cooperate Company were not successful.

Joint Statement on the South Sudan Peace Process


The United States joins our Troika partners, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Norway, in expressing deep concern that South Sudan’s leaders have not formed a new transitional government within the agreed 90-day timeline of the August peace agreement.  Each day, the fighting and abuses continue, and an already grave humanitarian situation grows worse.  We urge South Sudan’s leaders to establish the transitional government now and recommit to the timeline of the agreement, or the peace process will unravel.

We commend Festus Mogae, the Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), for beginning to implement the agreement despite the parties’ inaction by announcing this week that he will host the JMEC’s first meeting in Juba on 27 November.  It is vital that all parties participate fully.  We call on the Opposition and former detainees to attend the JMEC launch and on all South Sudanese parties to work with President Mogae.  Those who decide not to participate will be further delaying the implementation of the peace agreement, which will only deepen an already grave humanitarian crisis and prolong the suffering of the South Sudanese people.

JMEC Chairperson Visits Bor, calls on Parties to intensify efforts for Peace


26 Nov, 2015, Juba South Sudan:

The chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana visited Bor the capital of Jonglei State this morning, Thursday 26 November.

While in Bor the chairperson met with local officials, the monitoring and Verification Team responsible for monitoring violations of the ceasefire and representatives of humanitarian agencies and the United Nations.

He also toured the town of Bor and the protection of Civilians camp and met a number of internally displaced persons.

Upon return from Bor the chairperson expressed sorrow at the suffering of the people of Bor and at the destruction still evident in the town.

He called on the parties to the Agreement to intensify their efforts to start the process of reconciliation and reconstruction for the people of South Sudan regardless of ethnic origin or political orientation.

The Agreement offers the way forward for peaceful South Sudan. I urge the parties to accelerate the implementation process particularly on the cantonment of their forces he said.

President Mogae noted with deep concern the reports of continued fighting in Unity calling on parties to adhere to the permanent ceasefire with immediate effect.

JMEC is due to hold its inaugural meeting on Friday 27 November in Juba.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi raised $400,000 for new classrooms


NZARA, South Sudan, 26 November 2015 – One thousand girls and boys have access to new classrooms today, thanks to the Government of Japan and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, who raised funds for construction after a visit in 2013.

Zereda Nursery and Primary School is now teaching girls and boys from the local area and the wider region. UNICEF, in partnership with the State Ministry of Education and with support from other donors, has built eight new classrooms and mobilized and trained 13 new teachers. Everything from books to blackboards and furniture to pens has been provided. The sanitation facilities and water points were generously funded by the Government of Japan.

“Every child in South Sudan has the right to an education. And the authorities in Western Equatoria State have led the way in asserting that education is for all, especially girls, and the demand for education in the state is at an all-time high. UNICEF and its partners will continue to build on this fantastic work and help get more children into the classroom,” said Ettie Higgins, UNICEF South Sudan Deputy Representative, speaking at the event. Higgins spoke in the presence of the Governor, the Ambassador of Japan, the Minister for Education, local Government, NGOs, school children and communities in attendance.

UN more Peacekeepers to South Sudan?


Civilians are being killed at the Eye of the already existing Peacekeepers, the conflict Started while UN Peace keeping was here, and they are still here then more are to come. Even Peace keepers are reported to be shooting themselves in South Sudan. Is it because one of them was reported to have been shot by colleague ?

The Rwanda Army denied the reports



Yei citizens welcome state


Radio Easter
Citizens on Tuesday held a welcoming celebration for the creation of Yei River State.
Yei paramount chief Lomose urges the citizens to cooperate with leaders to achieve development.
Municipal Mayor Santo Paul Lasuba says the creation of state is a respond of President Salva Kiir to the demands of the people for decentralization system of governance.
Cosmas Lasuba Kasiano, speaker of Yei County Legislative Council, demands President Kiir to put their state number eleven in the list.
Meanwhile, Central Equatoria State Information Minister Emmanuel Adil says the creation of the more states aims at taking services closer to the people.
The minister calls on the citizens of Yei, Lainya, Morobo and Kajo-Keji Counties to work together for the development of the new state.
President Salva Kiir in October issued an order creating Yei River State.

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Visit Pope Francis in Kenya, Uganda with purpose, priest tells pilgrims


Radio Bakhita
A priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba reminds South Sudanese pilgrims visiting Kenya and Uganda to see Pope Francis with intention.
Go with something to ask God for in your hearts, Fr Victor Roba tells the pilgrims.
You should have an aim, something to pray for yourself, family or the country, the priest adds.
Fr Roba is the chaplain for the pilgrimage to meet the pope.