One year ago, on 15 December 2013, conflict broke out in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan as a result of fighting between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have died, 1.9 million people have been displaced, and millions more have become vulnerable to food insecurity. Some 100,000 internally displaced people are being sheltered across nine bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan. One year on, the fighting continues and the parties have yet to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.
Civilians seeking refuge at UN compound
Bor, 18 December 2013 - Civilians fleeing fighting wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor. The fighting started 15 December 2013 and one year on, it is still going on with devastating effects on the civilian population.
Improving security at IDP camps in Juba
Juba, 8 January 2014 - UN Police at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) lead a security sweep at the UN House in Juba, serving as a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) escaping the ongoing violence throughout the country. Such exercises will continue on a regular basis to clear the camp of weapons and contraband and ensure the residents an adequate level of security.
Securing IDP camps in Juba
Juba, 14 January 2014 - UN peacekeepers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) guard the UN Tomping compound, as a security sweep is going on. The compound serves as a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) escaping the ongoing violence throughout the country.
UNMISS relocates thousands of IDPs from Tomping Camp to UN House in Juba
Juba, 12 March 2014 - A resident at the Tomping camp sits outside a damaged shelter. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and other agencies relocated thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in the Protection of Civilians site of Tomping camp to a new location at UN house in the capital due to heavy rains and flooding.
UN Secretary-General visits South Sudan, urges end to conflict
Juba, 6 May 2014 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Sudan to demand an end to the conflict. During his visit, Ban Ki-moon met South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. The Secretary General has repeatedly called on both leaders to find a political solution and put an immediate end to the violence. The UN Secretary-General also visited the Protection of Civilians site in Tomping.
Children play at the PoC site
Juba, 4 July 2014 – Children play in a dirt pile at the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site near the UN House. Children, who make up the majority of the population in South Sudan, have been disproportionately affected by the conflict. Since December 2013, thousands of children have been recruited by both sides. There are also hundreds of documented cases of children who have been killed, maimed, raped or subjected to other forms of sexual violence.
South Sudanese students take school exams
Juba, 11 July 2014 – Two South Sudanese students start their secondary education exams at the Tomping Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba. 63 students from Unity State have taken their exams on the site while reportedly 1,351 students took their exams at United Nations PoC sites across the country. The conflict had a devastating impact on education facilities and infrastructure.
Harsh living conditions for the IDPs
Bentiu, 23 August 2014 - The Protection of Civilians site in Bentiu housing over 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), has seen significant flooding during the rainy season. The UN Mission in South Sudan has been working with humanitarian partners to improve conditions and provide both short and long term solutions.
Memorial service for UNMISS helicopter crew members
Juba, 29 August 2014 - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) holds a memorial ceremony for three Russian crew members who were killed in the 26 August downing of an UNMISS helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, during a cargo flight.
Heavy rains worsen living conditions in PoC sites
Bor, 15 October 2014 - UN Peacekeepers at the Protection of Civilians site in Bor help families affected by downpour.
UNMISS launches destruction of weapons confiscated from displaced persons
Juba, 9 December 2014 - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) destroyed 25 firearms and hundreds of knives, machetes, and similar weapons confiscated from internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in its Protection of Civilians sites in Juba at an event held in Tomping compound. Similar weapons and ammunition destruction events are scheduled at UNMISS bases in Malakal, Nassir, Wau, Bentiu and Bor.