Economic hardship is a major contributor to family’s break up in Warrap state

At least 11 divorced cases have been settled by a local bench court in Warrap state.  The traditional chiefs said they were motivated by the soaring economic situation in the country.

Man divorce his wife or woman decide to leave her husband, who could not fulfill her needs. 

Bench Court recorded at least 11 cases of Divorce this month in Kwajok and Turalei towns.

The chiefs said lack of resources put the marriages at risk and lead to separation.  

Paramount Chief Akok Angok is a member of Bench Court in Kuajok. He also blamed the parents for forced marriage could lead to a couple terminating their relationship. 

He calls for an amicable solution to family disputes to avoid family parting. 

“Five women take their certificate document for Divorce this month, and some of them have children. We have seen a misunderstanding in the family due to adultery and lack of money to feed the family. People should sit to resolve that problem and family stay together.”

Another local Chief is Aguek GuaK from Turalei Court. He believes lack of compromise between the couples contributed negatively to the Divorce. Guak is arguing that the two families of the bride and bridegroom suffer most to repay dowries.

He warned the youth not to put their mind on terminating their marriage to get their wealth back. 

“Divorce has risen in the community, you get people to talk about Divorce in all local court, and the reason is that people get married when they are young, and they don’t care about separating.

The chief stressed that people Divorce, and to paying back the cow is a problem. He emphasize that “people should not get married simply without studied themselves”

Currently, there is no one specific statutory law governing marriage and Divorce in South Sudan. 

The Transitional Constitution 2011 recognizes the customary laws and traditions of South Sudanese ethnic groups as governing personal matters.

25 Teachers to Receive Cash Incentives in Eastern Equatoria

At least 25 teachers working for the government public primary schools in Kapoeta South county, Eastern Equatoria are expected to received teaching incentive.

Duku Derick is the program manager for disaster emergency committee (DEC) project implemented by Plan international, an international NGO. He told Singaita FM on Wednesday that the aimed of giving incentive is to help motivate teachers so that they continue to work effectively.

He said each teachers will be paid 6,550 South Sudanese pounds and the project will continue for a duration of 6 months.

Derick said they are giving support as an incentive and not like salaries to teachers who will be involved in this alternative education process.

“This money is just given to help them to support their families I know it is a small amount we feel it is good to motivate teachers by giving some small motivation in that form” said Derick.

He said the disaster emergency committee is funded by UK in response to the emergency education program amid COVID 19 pandemic.

Mr. Ayoma Sarafin is the acting director general at the  ministry of education in Eastern Equatoria state. He said they have not been informed about the payment of incentive to teachers in Kapoeta. Saying that he hope the agency will present their plan to the state  ministry of education to see how this project will be implemented.

Sarafin called upon the partners NGOs working in the state to first get an introductory letter from the national ministry of education in case of any support to teachers.

“Any organization that comes to help we are grateful that is a very good support to our education sector, any organization that comes is supposed to come with letter from the national ministry of Education MOGEI” said Sarafin.

Plan International refuted the claims that government not aware of its support to Education in Kapoeta. It said the project is coordinated between National Ministry with County Education authority.

Residents in Leer call for Justice of love one killed during the war

Residents in Leer County have called on the government of Unity state to bring Justice during the implementation of the Revitalize  Peace Agreement.

Some of these community members said they lost their relatives during the 2013 conflict between the government and SPLM-IO. 

The calls for justice come after a National NGO, Universal Intervention and Development organization established access to justice and the human rights centre in Leer County. 

These part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and UNDP initiative to investigated human rights abuses and to educated people on their rights.  documented gender-based violence, and trains local chiefs on the rule of law.

The program shall be implemented in 16 params of leer County. More than five hundred residents have attended the launch.

UNIDOR access to justice field officer William Kuoch Malual says the project will sensitize people about their rights and the importance of justice during the implementation of the Revitalize Peace Agreement.

“The time reach, we knew that we have been in war for a while. Now, if there is peace, it is time people can know their rights. They will sensitize to know their rights. The time will come for reconciliation and Justice. People shall know new laws because we already have our customary law, which judges us. You can ask your right, and it will be put into consideration”.

Some victims whose relatives killed during the conflict said there are more human rights abuses in the areas. Many people are taking law to their own hands without accountability.

Nyawieka, said she was a survivor among the people killed in Leer during the conflict. She want those who committed atrocities to be arrested and persecuted. 

“Now people are killed on the virtue of political crisis. It is not fair that innocent people are anyhow. It is good a person dies naturally dead. Let there will be Justice prevail in the government. The law should be implementing. Let’s stop death. People killed your relative, and you will be targeted again”.

Leer paramount chief William Nyuon Manyol says the project will help the community because it will strengthen local court ruling. 

“What we can accept as traditional chiefs is that when people bring you knowledge at home about the way people are going and our government activities, it is essential. The new government is necessary because it comes with transformation. If their bad things which people are doing, they can tell you that these are not good. You might realize that they are not right and change your mind.

An eyewitness identified Magok said he saw a lot of atrocities during the war committed by army actors. 

“Those are many people who have committed atrocities. And they always went hiding after committing crimes. Raping cases are many, and they keep increasing. This program will be helpful. If girls are raped, sometimes she will think badly about the abuse did to her. It is obvious people’s rights are not being respected”. 

Resident James Ran Kuong said that Justice is not prevailing in remote villages. If someone wrongs you, you will become the first victim again. Those who have committed atrocities were also supported by their friends even if he killed a person. 

If your daughter is rape any you want to talk reality, you will be killed. One person was killed this year after his daughter was eloping by a man. Like what happened in Rubnor, when her father went to the collected cow, he was shot dead by those guys who are eloping his daughter”.  

According to Amnesty International, government soldiers arbitrarily arrested dozens of men and boys in Leer town between 20 to 23 October 2015. They were put in shipping containers located at the Comboni Catholic, and all of them died.