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Cases of violence against women decline in UN camps

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September 4, 2014 (JUBA) – Cases of violence against women residing within the United Nations camps in South Sudan have reduced, local community leaders said on Thursday.

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Thousands of civilians fleeing violence seek shelter at a UN compound in Jonglei state capita Bor (Photo: UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos)

Several measures, in collaboration with UN police, have reportedly been put in place to reduce crimes committed within the protection of civilian sites.

Joseph Biak, who heads of one of the civilian sites, said they have established community police to monitor crime-related activities in the camps.

He said sale of alcohol in the camp has made most young people to engage in fights that have resulted into fights and more rape cases.

“The serious issue at the site is the issue of alcohol habits of which it is not easy to handle it because they only get their own mean, they go out and buy alcohol using their own money,” said Biak.

“We make sure the alcohol does not to enter the camp right from the gate. We check pockets and bags to ensure no one smuggles alcohol in to the camps,” he added.

Nyador Simon, a resident at the UN house in Juba, urged men to refrain from attacking their wives, urging them to work for peace.

“At least at this point, we need to understand each other the only way I think it can be minimised is whenever you have family issues you remember that wherever you are or wherever we are residing now is different place, you only need to think of your peace in the country not to fight each another as the family,” said Nyador.

She further said most cases of violence against women are caused by men under the influence of alcohol and drugs in the camps.

According to Biak, a prison facility has been set up within the UN camps to handle both major and minor cases committed by those residing within the protection site.

“What we use to do is only that we will arrest the guy and will take him to community watch groups and from there we will punish the person according to Nuer custom of which if the case is beyond our power, then we refer the case to the UN police,” he said.

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  • 5 September 2014 11:27, by Morthon Akol

    I don’t understand something UN is protecting those people from what? because they are going out at day time and come back to UN comp in the evening.

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    • 5 September 2014 14:32, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      Akol u hit the point. UN wants to continue serving in South Sudan on de pretext of keeping peace - peace where the IDPs go out, drink and return safely to de camp to fight among themselves, rape girls or women of their choice. This is just de beginning, more confusion is looming in de UNMISS Camps until UN admits dat they are no more keeping peace but dealing with rape n HIV/AID cases on daily bas

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      • 5 September 2014 14:33, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        Akol u hit the point. UN wants to continue serving in South Sudan on de pretext of keeping peace - peace where the IDPs go out, drink and return safely to de camp to fight among themselves, rape girls or women of their choice. This is just de beginning, more confusion is looming in de UNMISS Camps until UN admits dat they are no more keeping peace but dealing with rape n HIV/AID cases on daily bas

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        • 5 September 2014 14:45, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          De UNMISS has managed to get Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre out of Juba after de failed coup attempt of December 15th, 2013 n has been telling de IDPs to remain in de Camp until Riek becomes the President of Leer one day. Human Right Watch (HRW)needs to visit first UNMIS camps before other areas or towns where rebels committed heinous crimes ever seen on the planet and/or in de history of mankind.

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          • 5 September 2014 14:57, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            De only difference between IDPs n de rebels is, IDPs fight among themselves n rape girls n women on daily basis n dey struggle to resolve those problems in de presence of UN peace keepers though not accounted for, but rebels kill, rape young girls, women n grandmothers/Abubad found in hospitals beds or inside Churches, and destroy properties with impunity. When HRW comes, dey point fingers at Govt

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  • 5 September 2014 16:27, by marie

    LabotoNyom KobiYe,
    Don’t forget that you people are doing the same thing in Juba every night. There is no single day without a body in Juba. I think this is your plan with Kiir. You people did that to Nuer, and when they start to protect themselves, you call them names. Remember, you started rampant killing of innocent civilians in Juba and try to point fingers to UNMISS. Clean your own mess.

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