Home | News    Tuesday 1 October 2019

UNMISS dialogue restores civil-military relations in Magwi


September 30, 2019 (MAGWI) – A civil-military dialogue conducted in July by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to reduce tensions in Magwi, Eastern Equatoria recorded success, officials said.

The map of Eastern Equatoria state in red

The UN peacekeeping mission reported that did a follow-up visit to the area two months later and found out that relations between villagers and the two military forces had improved significantly after years of violence.

As a result, the mission stated on its website, many Magwi residents have returned home from refugee camps in neighbouring Uganda.

“Civilians in this area are respecting what we agreed on and are no longer moving around with guns and military uniforms,” Gerald Okeny, chief of the Agoro district in Magwi told a team from UNMISS.

UN patrol also said it witnessed a stable security situation in the area.

“Mistrust and tensions between civilians and the military were markedly reduced soon after the resolutions were properly implemented, following the dissemination of the agreement to local communities in the villages,” said Michael Obany Duku, head chief of Owinykibul.

According to UNMISS, the civil-military dialogue in Magwi came up with several measures to improve relations in the area, including training of military officers to professionally perform their task to protect civilians, only allowing soldiers on duty to carry weapons and wear uniforms, and disarming of civilians possessing illegal firearms.

The peacekeeping body, in collaboration with the Inter-Religious Council, reportedly helped to spread the word by organizing a series of similar dialogues in several places within the nearby locations.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused the country’s then former Vice President, Riek Machar of plotting a coup in the capital, Juba.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 1 October 2019 07:48, by Eastern

    ...But Palabek refugee settlement, where the Magwi folks are seeking refuge, is still teeming with thousands of people. Who is telling lies here..?

    repondre message

    • 1 October 2019 20:08, by jubaone

      Our fellow Equatorians from Magwi would be the most stupid, if they handed in their weapons and expect protection from jienge scoundrels of the SSDinka Forces, who tormented them. NO. NEVER give up your guns and NEVER trust the jienges, only the dead jienge is the good one.

      repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

How we can construct a shared vision for South Sudan’s future? 2020-08-01 09:21:58 David Nyuol Vincent To craft a shared vision for the future of South Sudan is difficult but not impossible. To surpass the perilous situation in which we are in now, we need to learn to (...)

Establish capable security force in Darfur 2020-08-01 07:43:40 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Darfur region is destined to continue bleeding. Those who believe in that openly say whether Omer Al-Bashir is still in the rule of Sudan or deposed, the region of (...)

An Unconventional Sudanese Muslim Man 2020-07-29 14:42:58 Tribute to My Grandfather By Shahinaz Sabeel In this essay, Shahinaz Sabeel, a young Sudanese woman who grew up between Sudan, Canada and Uganda, recounts her relationship with her grandfather, (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.