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Child protection survey launched in Unity state

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

February 26, 2013 (BENTIU) - Unity state’s minister for gender, child welfare and social development, Lubna Abdelgani, said Tuesday that the issue of girl’s being forced to marry before they are of a mature age needs to addressed.

Lubna Abdelgani, Unity state minister for gender and Child welfare 26 February 2013 (ST)Lubna Abdelgani, Unity state minister for gender and Child welfare 26 February 2013 (ST)

Abdelgani urged those who had been trained in child abuse prevention strategies to work within their communities to tackle the issue.

“As you go to all fields, you have to make sure and identify those negative issues, that mostly affecting the underage girls. Among Nuer and Dinka early marriage is a challenging situation among young girls as their parents forced them for marriage before mature age”, said Abdelgani.

One of the outcomes of the training is for a survey to be conducted on the number of street children living in Unity state to determine the extent and causes of the problem.

The quantitative survey will kick off on Monday across Unity’s nine counties, using the participants in this week’s training.

The research will also look at what role government institutions related to children, justice, and gender can play in addressing the issue.

The group of researchers will also talk to chiefs and civil society to carry out assessments to better understand existing child protection mechanisms.

Abdelgani urged the commissioners of Unity state’s counties to cooperate with the child protection survey and encourage those trained to conduct the survey to investigate the reality that children face in society.

The child protection survey is planned to take place in all of South Sudan’s 10 states to evaluate the overall child protection system so that the government and UNICEF can look for solutions.

Many children are forced roam the market areas of the Unity capital, such as eight-year-old Dak Puot, who says he has been forced to walk along the streets to find food in order to survive.

"I’m taking this life on the street in order to feed myself and also at least to do some work to buy clothing", said Puot.

Anecdotal evidence indicates that heavy floods and a poor harvest in Unity state have contributed to the increasing numbers of street kids in Bentiu and Rubkona town.

Some children are forced onto the streets due to a lack of guardians, while some are forced to sleep rough because their families cannot support them.

Twelve year old Kam Wiecni told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that he took to the streets after loosing his parents.

"I have been in the street, not because I like it but due to condition of no one taking care of me, I lost my family some five years ago and have no where to go but taking street as home for myself", said Wiecni.

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  • 28 February 2013 01:53, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    I can’t believe about what she said. By the way, is this woman married or not?

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    • 28 February 2013 03:34, by omoni jr.

      Agustino Deng.
      I thought you are one of presidential candidates in 2015,.
      Tell me how will your administration look like when you won the election?
      Salva Kiir party now has 30% of women,that mean at he tried to promote gender equality. so if your government do not recognized women then it won’t survive for a month.It will be collapsed within a week and thrown into garbage can.

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      • 28 February 2013 05:55, by julia

        Dak puot a Nuer boy took the street food.hahaha!i once upon a time experience this in khartoum, some young intiated Nuer with six contour line,sow aa Arab woman dumping over left cook rice,they rush there,but they up fighting one self,as other was complaing that the other have taken the big one.shame on u,don,t have uncle&aunt? Both dak pout,wecni&Taban Banfiacio re food who to fool here?

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        • 28 February 2013 07:05, by Nuer Empire

          Mrs Julia:Street boys are every where,but your Nuerphobia is a big problem.How was your boy friend who fucked last night?

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      • 28 February 2013 07:07, by Turism

        agree with my dear since this guy is always at president door.

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      • 28 February 2013 18:18, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Mr.Omoni Jr,
        I do have a quality of leadership myself. Women are part of our life. Without women our life will not be ok. However, I just want to tell you that our people take the system of Western world and adapt that system. I think that is not right. Marriage is a part of the rule in South Sudan society. To a girl, marriage should depend on her parents if they agree to do so.

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      • 28 February 2013 18:35, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Mr Omoni jr,
        I am not lying to you my dear even if I don’t know where you are. If Southern Sudanese people nominiated me to be a president, they will like it 200% instead of 100%. You said Salva Kiir Miyardit has 30% of the women in his administration. Why is it 30% and it was 45% when John Garang was a live? This means Salva Kiir is doing a corruption.
        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 28 February 2013 07:06, by Turism

      Deng, which one did you fail to understand in this clear passage about the lady? my dear there is time for everything, time to insult and time to give appreciation. don’t be alway ant-anybody.

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      • 28 February 2013 18:27, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Turism,
        Would you ask that woman how old is she when she was married? In my own analysis, I think and I believe that, that woman was not married,but she was pregnated before she get married if so. She don’t know what she talking about.
        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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        • 28 February 2013 20:11, by julia

          yes mr Augustino Deng bany.
          lubna Abdallegani was first pregnanted by a Darfurain trader in Rubkona,then she came and get marriaged to certian poor driver called steven from koch county. luban father is a relative to the father of Governor Taban Deng Gai
          her house is in kalalbalak in Bentieu who will deny that.of course she is s.sudanese becozs her father had stay in s.sudan before 1.1.1956

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          • 28 February 2013 21:19, by AUGUSTINO DENG

            Julia,
            Thanks you for your inputss.
            It is very realistic that there is no doubt about this.
            I do respect ladies very well, but marriage to a teenager is under parents responsibilities. Julia, thanks you so much for your information and I do appreciate that very well. I was wondering where did the lady get that name call Lubna Abdallegani. That is a very strange name.

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  • 28 February 2013 04:00, by kamal

    The question is who will except or implement this decision in bentiu

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  • 28 February 2013 06:28, by Bentiu Elite

    Some folks and commentators here do not have a good idea about what Bentiu and Rukona are..! Last year Rubkona and Bentiu were the Battle grounds between the South Sudan ARMY air defense and Khartoum Mercenary Air force made up of FIGHTER JETS AND ANTINOVS. Rubkona and Bentiu recieved a good number of BOMBS that killed people. Does that do not have any effect on FAMILIES in Bentiu?

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  • 28 February 2013 06:37, by Bentiu Elite

    @Julia ,
    our war with Khartoum is not over , please when there is any along the border try to come to Rubkona and experience what khartoum Air force do , instead of you insulting these street boys and girls that never left the area to Khartoum SAF . They and the SPLA stood firm and did not lost their ground to Khartoun . Please, do insult the ELITES.

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    • 28 February 2013 06:56, by Nuer Empire

      I believe this woman has Equatorian origin as her name is diffiicult to read.Listen unreadible named woman.Under marriege is also practiced in Greater Equatoria where a girl make sex practices may be at 12 and become pregnant at 15-17.The girl will be rejected by her parents and take to streets as a girl for prostitution a rare characters for both Dinka and Nuer.Don’t point ur fingers to Nilotes.

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      • 28 February 2013 07:43, by omoni jr.

        my brother Nuer Empire.
        if someone like me retaliate you will cry boy,what made you nasty asshole to insulted the Equatorians people? Do you think that female from jenge called julia is belong to peace loving people on earth? check your record first before we get into the really debate sir.

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    • 28 February 2013 08:12, by julia

      Bentiu.
      My village happen to be north of Unity state.u mean if people re bomb then their is need to seek for a street so that u eat free dirty food as u children re doing in Bentiu?.why didn,t Panaruu&Ruweng took to street since they were bombed too?
      Omon jr.a aman,not a woman as u claime,Nuer empire, Lubna is a half nuer from koch county.

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      • 28 February 2013 10:01, by Bentiu Elite

        @Julia ,
        Mentally retarded JULIA , you mean the street children in Rubkona and Bentiu do have Panruo Children , they are there!
        You mean there are no street and poor children in Pariang ,they are there! YOUR comment only indicates one thing ,that you hate Nuer of Bentiu ! Iam son of Bentiu(Real owner of Bentiu) ,we were not taught to hate , leave alone hating DINKA it is an inferior hating !!!

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        • 28 February 2013 18:58, by cbuongdit cholkua

          Dear Bentiu, picking the name shuold reflect the quality of who you are and I thought being Elite was really a sounded name to me; but doesn’t reflected you at all. A community man shuold thinks of how to bring people togather not being divisive. You said one thing here which draged me to comment on your behave, yes there might be Dinkas living in Bentiu/Rubkona as their state, but the whole point

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          • 28 February 2013 19:10, by cbuongdit cholkua

            is this, in the history of Dinka as in general no matter whree they live, two things are not tolerated, 1- being a thief 2- Going around begging an unknown persons for something to eat is a very big shame to yourself as your family reputation wuold be ruins for that. Such a people when they do so, they their respect to the community at large and they deserve to leave the society and go somewhere-

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            • 28 February 2013 19:34, by cbuongdit cholkua

              they wuold not be seen again. So, coming to the Street children, its never happened in Dinka. We do not leave our little ones unattended nor neglecting them to roam the street any howly, that’s imposible you wuold find it. If you want to prove it go to nearby Dinka counties like Panrieng and Miyom, you will never find any children loitering around at night.Instead we don’t disregard Kids if in any

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              • 28 February 2013 19:45, by cbuongdit cholkua

                in any circumstancies that lost their parents, they shuold be taking care of by their relatives. I have been in bentiu several times and not even long ago, but I have seen that a lot of children suffering, the only way that they survive is that they waited for people in public Restuarants to eat and later get the left-over. So these kids instead of cutting their lives short, they need a good care.

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              • 1 March 2013 06:16, by cbuongdit cholkua

                Forgive me for my inconvience post, what I meant was Panrieng and Biemnom. Sorry for that.

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    • 28 February 2013 08:15, by julia

      Bentiu.
      My village happen to be north of Unity state.u mean if people re bomb then their is need to seek for a street so that u eat free dirty food as u children re doing in Bentiu?.why didn,t Panaruu&Ruweng took to street since they were bombed too?
      Omon jr.a aman,not a woman as u claime,Nuer empire, Lubna is a half nuer from koch county.

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  • 28 February 2013 07:47, by James Ruai Gatkouth

    We don,t practiced this excercise of earlly marriage to the jubenile girls of below eighteen years of age. Nuer and dinka were not part of this prostitution tricky.

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    • 28 February 2013 08:55, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Dear Ruai, let’s accept the truth, this practice of early marriage of a girls at a very young age is so very common amongst these two tribes which are Dinka and Nuer and I bet you know it very well. I’m from Dinka bythe way. But I know both tribes’ culture. So let’s wait for that survey to be conducted and you will surprisingly see what the results will be on that matter.

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    • 28 February 2013 09:14, by Turism

      You are right we dinkas and the tribes like nuer don’t even practice such kind of habit to give their young girl while they are under provision, the aquatorian are the main source of this habit if it is sincerily speaking.

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  • 28 February 2013 08:20, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Dear all, being on the forum is very important for us all, is not that we are here to insults or mocked people based on how you hear their personal stories.your point of being here is to judged the situation accordingly, as a mature person and as a leader. I might be wrong but,what Abdelgani was advocates here so far was not the report on hunger issue; it was about the child well being, that child

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  • 28 February 2013 08:30, by cbuongdit cholkua

    children should not be force to marry young before they reached their adolescence stages. And it was particularly two tribes which are Nuer and Dinka. Those children trapped in a situation like that have a whole of future ahead of them in which our govt was a stable govt, then it should be it responsibility. I think the minister was right on that. keep on Abdelgani, child protection is a huge rule

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  • 28 February 2013 08:34, by cbuongdit cholkua

    in the country like South Sudan, those children would be our future leaders and without children in a society, then there is no future.

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  • 28 February 2013 10:03, by Bentiu Elite

    @Julia ,
    Mentally retarded JULIA , you mean the street children in Rubkona and Bentiu do not have Panruo Children , they are there!
    You mean there are no street and poor children in Pariang ,they are there! YOUR comment only indicates one thing ,that you hate Nuer of Bentiu ! Iam son of Bentiu(Real owner of Bentiu) ,we were not taught to hate , leave alone hating DINKA it is an inferior hating !

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  • 28 February 2013 12:14, by Ngomtoda

    @ prostitute Julia,don’t laugh using the two openings,better use one.it is in facts a great surprise to all of us discover that this useless situation caused by Dinka regime of thievery,looting,murder, robbery,embezzlement of public funds extended to Nuer.we Nuer nver experienced that stupid life be4,that is why you rarely find Nuer in the all corners of S.Sudan unlike Dinka who were displaced

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  • 28 February 2013 12:22, by Ngomtoda

    by hunger and end up filling the whole parts of S.Sudan.shame on you foe being displaced by hunger,your community in the north of unity reached there in search for food if you don’t know bitch.the the ugly story you narrated about Khartoum is the opposite of your culture and ours(Nuer).those that you fighting truly are dinka.

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  • 28 February 2013 14:14, by master

    southerns
    this is one of higleg side effect war

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