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Birds, animals are the only ones enjoying mangoes in Kajo-Keji

 

                            Ripen mangoes tree (Net photo)

By Kidega Livingstone

Birds and stray animals are the ones consuming mangoes following the fleeing away of residents of grater Kajo-Keji to Uganda for safety, Kajo-Keji County Commissioner said.

Speaking to Journalists during a joint UNMISS-IGAD mission to the area this week, Kajo-Keji County Commissioner Mr. Luka Yombek David, emphasized that the effects of the political crisis left the area with few residents.

“Kajo-Keji is covered with mango trees almost in every corner of the streets, and even a poor person can survive because there are fruits that nobody can prevent anyone from eating,” Yombek said.

“Every year in April, there are plenty of mango fruits that help people as they cultivate their land. Unfortunately, due to the crisis, Kajo-Keji people fled the area, leaving mangos behind for birds and animals,” he added.

On his part, SPLA’s Commander of Greater Kajo-Keji,   Lt. Col. John Kamilo, said that the security situation in all areas was under their control, including Kansuk, Kajo-Keji, Jale, Jalimo, Pamori, Bori, and Liwolo.

“There is no place that is forbidden for UNMISS not to go to. They can go to all the places under my control and get the information they need,” said Kamilo.

However one of the residents, Elizabeth Kiden said they are not happy because their people are suffering in refugee camps in Uganda.

“Life is very difficult,” she said. “Some are willing to come back but when you come, you find your house is burned down.”

According to the local authorities, due to the current crisis, almost all the people fled the area. Some ended up settling along the Ugandan border, while others are seeking shelter at designated refugee camps.

Local authorities expressed their strong wishes that the people of Kajo-Keji would return home from the temporary camps where they are hosted, so that they can restart their farming activities.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the Intergovernmental Authority (IGAD)’s ceasefire-monitoring body took a visit to the area from 5th to 9th April 2018 to assess the security and humanitarian situation on the ground in the area.

The mission also aimed at boosting confidence among the local population through the peacekeeping mission’s presence.

Head of the ceasefire monitoring team Mr. Mustafa Semuddu said that the main task of the Monitoring and Verification Team as a neutral body was meant to monitor compliance by the Parties and armed groups.

He said the team located in 12 of the most conflict affected areas in the country while monitoring and verification teams patrol their areas of responsibility and gather information on potential violations of the Agreement, which can include military fighting, movements of forces, blockage of aid routes, forced recruitment of children into war and attacks on civilians, as well as inciting propaganda, and other activities. Additional reporting by UNMISS

People living with HIV discuss overcoming discrimination

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

People living with HIV across the country have gathered in Juba to discuss ways of overcoming discrimination and encouraging HIV positive people to declare their status for positive living.

The event was organized by South Sudan Network of People Living with HIV in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Thursday, Coordinator of South Sudan Network of People Living with HIV (SSNeP+) Mr. Lole Laila Loile said that the meeting was an annual general assembly for them to come together.

He said the people living with HIV have been the implementers of HIV awareness campaigns; prevention, retention, physiological support, home based care and following up of referrals.

“So this is why we are discussing the report of the 2017 and way forward in 2018,” Mr. Loile stated.

He said the main objective of the meeting was to update the members association about the performance of the South Sudan Network of People Living with HIV in the last year.

“We also need them to present about what they do in the members’ association in their states, discuss issues with WFP as the main supporters of the people living with HIV,” Loile said.

Mr. Loile revealed that they were also training the victims to work against discrimination.

“We are training them to work against discrimination and take their medicines correctly according to the prescription in order to live positively like anybody else,” he added.

He said the treatment of HIV is responding well since many of the association’s members are saying that the viruses are no longer detected after long treatment.

“This means you can live positively forever. We need those who have not come out to come up and clear their status and join the association so that they can be able to live positively without infecting others,” Mr. Loile stressed.

He said in the previous years, HIV was seen death but now people living with HIV are better than people who have cancer and other diseases. Mr Loile added that they are living positively and are enjoying life without any problem.

Ms. Karlmela Elkindgelo, Chairperson of People Living with HIV in Wau said the program was crucial to educating victims about HIV and its treatment.

“It is good because this is where they can be told some related information about HIV and correct on the misconceptions and myths about living with HIV,” said Ms. Elkindgelo.

Peter Oslo, member of the network in Torit said HIV positive people who have not declared their status should be to be counseled since it was not their choice to get it.

“People need counseling because getting HIV was not their choice. They don’t have information. Those who are for this meeting have known about it and they have accepted their status. So getting HIV is not an end to life but beginning of new era because you get to know your status and treatment,” Oslo added.

He called everyone to do voluntary testing in order to know their status.

 

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