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UNMISS trains Bor leaders on protection of IDPs expected to return home – South Sudan

Nine years ago, civilians had to flee their homes because of war. In 2016, many more were forced to follow this example, and occasionally localized outbreaks of violence in parts of South Sudan always result in the displacement of more people.

Some have returned, however, and as thousands more are expected to do the same, following a significant reduction in political violence, it is essential to prepare for their needs for protection and harmonious relations with host communities.

With this in mind, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan is currently working to build the capacity of security personnel and local leaders across the country to meet these needs and promote peaceful coexistence among host communities. and returnees.

A two-day training session with around 40 participants was recently held in Bor, attended by representatives of local authorities, the judiciary, community leaders, civil society organizations, the police and armed forces.

“The returnees will be safe and protected,” said Michael Maker Deng Nai, a traditional court jury member and chief who benefited from the workshop.

Mobilizing communities to support the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement signed in 2018, thus enabling humanitarians to carry out their work, was also on the agenda.

“We have identified potential protection issues and steps for an effective response,” said Makwei Achol Thiong, who represented civil society on the forum.

Adau Recho, a women’s rights activist, stressed the need for women to be sufficiently involved in decision-making, especially in matters of peace and security.

“We women can easily identify protection needs because we are literally everywhere, surrounded by conflicting domestic issues that can escalate into inter-community tensions,” she said.

Gilbert Nantsa, representing the peacekeeping mission, and Michael Mading Akueth, Chairman of the Jonglei State Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, concluded that the protection of civilians is ultimately the collective responsibility of the local authorities, security forces and law-abiding citizens.