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UN chief appoints new head of South Sudan mission

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July 23, 2014 (NEW YORK) – The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe Loj as the new head of its mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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The new head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Loj (Photo: UN/Staton Winter)

Denmark’s Loj replaces Hilde Johnson whose term expired early this month.

The UN secretary-general, however, said he was grateful for Johnson’s dedication and leadership at the helm of UNMISS since its inception in July 2011.

The spokesperson for the secretary generals said she had a “wealth of experience in peacekeeping and international affairs”, previously serving as special representative to the secretary general and head of the UN mission in Liberia from 2008-2012.

According to the world body, Loj also held various senior positions in her country’s foreign affairs ministry and served as Denmark’s permanent representative to the UN.

Loj, however, takes her new position at a time when South Sudan faces serious humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the seven-month old conflict that has killed thousands and displaced nearly 1.4 million people.

Also, nearly 100,000 civilians are seeking shelter at UN base across the country as violence continues in the nation, despite an agreed ceasefire between the two warring parties in the conflict.

In May, the UN Security Council extended UNMISS’s mandate for six months and revised its roles to give priority to the task of protecting civilians and to address the security, humanitarian and political crisis in the country.

Born in 1948 in Gedesby, Denmark, Loj holds a Masters degree in political science from Copenhagen University.

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  • 24 July 2014 05:37, by truth to be told in SS

    South sudanese,
    Expect nothing much to change. The role of Hilde Johnson was disaster. How many civilians die in the eye of so called peace keeping force in south sudan ? This appointment of Mrs. Margratte Loj to replace Hilde Johnson will not change anything at all. UNMISS IS A DISASTER AND MUST GET OUT OF AFRICA AFFAIRS.

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  • 24 July 2014 05:42, by truth to be told in SS

    White woman replaced by another white woman. This is a disrespect by Ban Ki Moon to south sudan. Where is in the world a miltary is run by a woman ? Ban Ki Moon should have appointed a man this time to replace Hilde Johnson so that more civilians can be saved. The UNMISS under Johnson were so scared and as a result, many civilians loss their lives in Bor, Malakal, Bentiu etc at the presence of Unm

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  • 24 July 2014 07:11, by Ayuen deng

    What will she do here in South Sudan. Will she work for peacekeeping or support rebel like her sister Hilda Johnson or Will she support constitutional elected government.If she like her work to be successful then she wil change the whole system UNMISS in South Sudan and bring new team because UNMISS in south Sudan is already corrupt.
    In 1991 there was Emma’s Wars.
    The current War is Hilda Johnson’

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  • 24 July 2014 07:49, by Chol A.

    It good Ban has appointed old lady will no longer have interest on Riek like Hilde was fuck by Riek.

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