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Updated On: Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Deputy SG in South Sudan

Content by: South-South News

9 July 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — Visiting women who are survivors of sexual violence in Wau, South Sudan, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said, “You must have hope. You must find ways to close the gap between the tragedy today and your dream of tomorrow.”

During her visit, Mohammed met with Madiu John, who is one of the survivors that have sought sanctuary in a UN site protected by peacekeepers, who told her, “Since these conflict-related issues of violence erupted, no perpetrators were held accountable for these things that they have been doing and they continue to do it. We would like to have these perpetrators held accountable in front of us.”

Mohammed replied, “So far we have failed, that is the truth. There is no peace in South Sudan. But as mothers, because of the children, we will not give up, not on peace. You must not be tired. You must have hope. You must find ways to close the gap between the tragedy today and your dream of tomorrow.”

The African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop, made a commitment to justice for women suffering sexual violence. “You need to mobilize,” she said, “We are victims but we don’t want to be victims. We are survivors. All of us in Africa. Survivors, Survivors, Survivors and we are going to fight to bring peace in South Sudan together. We will fight for peace but we will fight for justice, accountability, those who perpetrate tomorrow we have to hold them accountable and say no, no, no.”

The visit to Wau also focused on building resilience in local communities and giving people the confidence to return to their homes. UN and other agencies are working together to help the children reach their full potential.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has built classrooms and provides peacekeeping patrols and is leading local peace talks. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provides school books, teacher training, boreholes and toilets.The World Food Program (WFP) provides food so children have the energy to study.

At the opening of a nearby school, Mohammed said,“It is wonderful to see children moving from the tree to the classroom. I think that is a really good day for education which is so foundational to building our children’s lives so they can prosper, so they can be part of an economy one day that is peaceful and is inclusive.”

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