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Jonglei: UN official pledges support for youth projects


December 17, 2012 (BOR) - Judy Cheng, the United Nations Assistant to Secretary General for peace building has pledged support for youth projects in South Sudan’s Jonglei state to help reduce conflict-related cases in the country’s most populous state.

“The purpose of my visit is to meet the governor, see some of the projects that has been successful in trying to bring peace because the whole idea we went to start programs in the state with the peace building fund,” she told a media briefing in Bor, the state capital.

Cheng could not however specify which youth projects were key in fostering peace among communities in the state.

The youth in South Sudan, account for nearly 70% of the population, according to the Sudan’s 2008 Housing and Population census. A youth is anyone between the ages of 18-40.

The UN Assistant to the Secretary General said more focus would be on provision of vocational training services to the youth, many of whom are usually engaged in crimes and conflict activities.

“Vocational training is one of the major operations we going to be funding,” emphasized Cheng, while citing carpentry, masonry and tailoring as the key areas of focus.

Over the years, disputes over water points and grazing fields during the dry season was considered the main sources of conflict between the tribes in Jonglei.

“We are going to consider boreholes as second source of conflict because we know in this country that lack of water for cattle as well as for human consumption is another Source of the conflict in the state,” Cheng remarked.

Last month, the Government of South Sudan and its development partners unveiled a three-year water project, seeking to reduce conflict in Jonglei state.

The project, officials told Sudan Tribune, will assist in harvesting water in the country’s most conflict- prone state, ensuring that youth; who currently spend about a half-year moving to other areas with cattle in search of water, stay within their localities.

Meanwhile, Jonglei state Governor, Kuol Manyang, also briefed the senior UN official about the ongoing disarmament exercise in the state, seen as an alternative to the reduction of widespread violence.

“We have 11 counties in the state and 10 counties are now full secure because of the disarmament process and implementation of the peace program,” Manyang told the UN official.

The people of Jonglei are for peace, but poverty makes them violate the peace accord, he added.

The Governor, however, encouraged the UN to provide vocational training, which he said helps in promotion of social activities such as footballs among the youth. He also appealed to the UN to extend micro-finance services to women in the state.


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  • 18 December 2012 07:39, by omoni jr.

    where did they come with this stupid idea that youth is someone of 18 to 40 yrs? This is another ignorance,How can you considered 40 years old man as youth? retarded!!!!!!!!!!
    Look up dictionaries fellowers.

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    • 18 December 2012 07:59, by omoni jr.

      This state will produce lazy people in south sudan,when you keep calling support from UN.

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      • 18 December 2012 08:17, by King of jungle

        Dear Me,
        Uselessness is da problem,which state in South Sudan never received any Assistant and Which country in the whole world never bin Assisted,Understand the meaning of word assisting idiot and why the peple need to be assist?

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      • 18 December 2012 08:26, by King of jungle

        Dear Omini,
        I guess u r nat da grow up person,cuz it is really like ur mind still very shallow,being 2 be assisted it does nat make u 2 become lazy,it is only 2 settle for da affection of Disaster and dat is why da Humanities Organization r present,but de big issues when they came in de form of money beneficiaries will nat get them they will bi eaten by these big guy,cuze corruption is da main on

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      • 18 December 2012 10:04, by Tutbol

        Kuol is now another visionless retard like his buddies in the federal govt. See the guy is still begging the UN as if he is a refugee camp manager. These guys are the real big losers who let down S sudanese & continue to let the whole world laugh at us. For how long are we going to depend on the UN? UN only gives emergency provisions only not educational training to an independent nation citizens

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        • 18 December 2012 10:20, by EES Kingmaker

          Kuol is not the only head of State who is visionless. Leaders of other States are either short-sighted and have completely lost direction. All they do is to loot state coffers, confuse, lie, flatter, entetain non-performers, listen to redudant or mediocre advice, tribalize issues and hunt down their real or imagined enemies. What do you them expect to perform in this mixed situation?

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        • 18 December 2012 10:46, by Tutbol

          ..the likes of Kuol are proving every now & again how little they know how the UN works & They will end up giving our people’s land away to their so-called UN friends as we have seen it; in many parts of Africa; they slowly snail-in, in the name investments & aid & the lowly informed leaders like Kuol cave in. In a year or so the natives lands is own by these creepy aid providers. Shame!

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      • 18 December 2012 17:45, by Ahmed Chol

        Kuol Manyang, stop lying, Which 10 counties are secure in Jonglei? Can you tell us?
        It is not poverty that make people violate peace. It is lack of law enforcement and poor governance. Government and Law must be stronger and above all, otherwise criminals will not be afraid of anything.

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    • 18 December 2012 10:31, by EES Kingmaker

      Omoni Jr,
      The problem is not the range and meaning of youth age. Can youth really benefit from the intended projects wihtout diversion or distruption by the powerful? Dude this is my worry at this point in time. Many projects came and disappeared in thin air. The targeted populations got nothing in return!!

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  • 18 December 2012 10:09, by EES Kingmaker

    One possible way to resolve Jonglei crises is concentration on youth and community-based projects. Disarmament per se does not guarantee the State security__regardless of number of counties. Change of heart, forgivesness, reconciliation and fair treatment of citizens are other things leadership of Jonglei State needs to observe to improve the security.

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  • 18 December 2012 13:33, by ngadodo

    Judy, Dinka Bor, doesn’t Knew peace their MASTER of crime in Jongeli State they are not needs help from UN because doesn’t respecting UN Works always.
    Let them be Suffers like others Community who course to them suffering too.

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  • 18 December 2012 14:30, by EES Kingmaker

    Please hatred does not work to settle any scores with others. It is up to UN to know who respect or who does not respect its work. UN helps anybody and works anywhere regardless of whoever harbours bad feelings against its work. Dinka Bor are part and parcel of UN work. We like it or not UN system of humantarian and development activities do not know enemies. Let’s be nationalistic in our attitud

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  • 18 December 2012 17:31, by master

    please don’t waste your time & money
    cows more valuable than human in this so call south sudan

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  • 3 April 2013 11:53, by stefan

    I guess u r nat da grow up person,cuz it is really like ur mind still very shallow,being 2 be assisted it does nat make u 2 become lazy,it is only 2 settle for da affection of Disaster and dat is why da Humanities Organization r present,but de big issues when e-papierosy cigger they came in de form of money.

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