Citizens contributed over 1 million pounds to a disabled student

South Sudanese in the diaspora have donated over 1 million pounds to a disabled young man known as John Lual is 21 years old

He graduated this year from standard eight after sitting his primary national examination in Aweil East County.

Well-wishers who contributed money were so amazed by his determination to achieve education ambition goals. The disabled man uses his mouth to write. That inspired many people.

The amount of money contributed and officially received on Wednesday 7th was reported 1,045,000 South Sudanese pounds. Friends use the social media platform “Go fund my project” to raise money to support his further education.

Lual hopes to become a medical doctor in the future. He confirmed that he has “received the money with joy, and the donation will help him support his family.”

“I want to thank the people who supported us with the money; People use to tell me that school is not for the disabled, that it is for normal people with no disabilities. But I did not give up, and I will make these people who support me proud”, he uttered.

Mr. Lual disclosed that his family decided to buy a house in Aweil town to bring him close to a secondary school.

Mr. Bol Chol Guot is the fundraising initiative organizer, said that well-wishers donated the money after reading Lual’s story online.

“I just saw his story and felt touched. So, I decided to create a go fund project on Facebook to handle the story as I can help. The young man will also encourage many youths to study because his story is different and motivates people to learn despite all difficulties”.

So, it will make many people join the school, and feel that it is not challenging to study if john a disabled man who writes using his mouth is learning” Chol narrated.

Bol called the public to support vulnerable people in the community, especially disabled people.

Female inmates receive food and hygiene kits in Aweil

Around thirty female inmates at Aweil Main Prison have received a donation of food items and hygiene kits on Wednesday.

The Ghanaian peacekeepers at United Nations Mission in South Sudan donated the items on Wednesday.

Some of the hygiene items donated were face masks, handwashing facilities, Sanitary pads, Tissue papers, washing, and bathing soaps. They also food items included Packed Juices, Biscuits, and beans.

The donations reportedly aimed at helping the vulnerable and abandoned female prisoners on the International World Health Day, which is marked every 7th of April yearly.

Some of the female inmates who spoke to Akol Yam FM said that the donations would maintain proper hygiene and sanitation in police custody. They appreciated the support and called well-wishers for more help.

The first female inmate who requested anonymity expressed her happiness. “We are delighted today, at least we feel like the rest of the people living because we have been visited with donations, many family and friends have forgotten us, so we want to thank these foreigners that have cared for us”.

Another inmate Achol Marach said they have been in total lack of hygiene items in prison.

Derek Odame is the Civil-Military Company officer for the Ghanaians peacekeepers in Aweil, urged the public to avoid abandoning their relatives detained at the prisons.

“We know that many prisoners are abandoned globally, so we thought of the female inmates first as women are vulnerable. Despite being detained, we can imagine their situation. Our sisters decided to see them and support them with the little they have; It’s the world health day that is why we made hygiene kits available and many others.”

Aweil central prison in NBG state was built to accommodate only 150 inmates, but the number increase to over five hundred prisoners

South Sudan Agriculture Minister in Aweil for farming tour 

The national Minister of Agriculture arrived in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state capital on Tuesday morning.

The top government official was accompanied by humanitarians supporting food security in the country.

Hon Josephine Lagu briefed the media said her two-day visit is to assess the Aweil Rice scheme and some agricultural projects implemented by partner organizations.

She assured the public that government would find alternative ways to support food production locally.

“The purpose of the visit is to see how the agricultural activities are continuing in NBGs. We know of the historic Aweil rice scheme, which was functioning very well. Our major purpose is to see its operating.”

The senior national government official further stated that only 3 percent of the land is used for agriculture in South Sudan despite the fertility of country soils. “Our country has a fertile arable land that needs us to cultivate so that we can be food secure.” Josephine said.

Director of World Food Program (WFP) and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ‘s representative participated in minister delegation to the state.

Women group called for an end to all forms of GBV

As The Radio Community (TRC) featured women’s roles in the society ahead of International Women Day on 8th March, Akol Yam 91 in Aweil hosted Elisabeth Ajok Atak, Women Chairperson in Aweil, and Monica Mawien, leader of Women Forum for Peace Building.

 The two guests spoke about ways to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan. Both pledges to play their roles to end violence in the family, saying there is a plan to move across the state’s Counties and explain the effects of violence. They aim to prompt a peaceful family.

Elisabeth said misunderstanding and disrespect of women’s rights are significant issues encouraging violence in the community. “You know I have been working with different organizations supporting gender-based violence programs in the state, and according to my experiences, women are not considered as people who contribute to the family affairs or development.”

Monica Mawien, leader of women forum for peacebuilding, urges women to be peace promoters and avoid disputes that lead to the suffering of children. She calls on fellow women across the state to speak up during International Women’s Day.

UN reported that South Sudan has endured protracted conflict and instability, during which crimes of conflict-related sexual violence have reached appalling levels of brutality, often committed with marked political and ethnic undertones.

In May last year, UN Mission in South Sudan said survivors of conflict-related sexual violence continue to struggle to access adequate medical and mental health care.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March around the world. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

85 inmates with minor cases have been freed in Aweil Prison

85 inmate have been released in Aweil correctional prison service in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state. The decision is part of the state governor and judiciary initiative to freed those who commit minor offenses and fines sentencing.

Official says the released will ease congestions in prison which was meant to accommodate one hundred and fifty persons, but now hosting a total of four hundred and sixty-eight prisoners.

Some of the inmates who spoke to Akol Yam 91 FM said they were send to prison without proper investigations.

One of the inmate Bakhita Atong Dut said she was arrested by her husband because her daughter was elope by a man who didn’t have cows to pay as dowery. Adding that her husband accused her of giving daughter away to person who has no wealth.

Many of the released inmates have difference varying stories about how they got arrested and end up in prison.

Amou Bol is one of those being released said she spent two years in prison because she was convicted of manslaughter after a person died in her care after receiving drug. “I have been here for two years because I was treating someone locally and unfortunately, she died, and I was arrested to pay blood compensation which I cannot afford”. She said.

Many of the prisoners’ released thanks, the governor and the high court president for pardoning them. They say the prison living conditions were so bad because of the congestion and poor hygiene.

Angok Ayok Malou explained the challenges he encountered in jail. “I am an old man,  I have been falling sick almost every day because my aging condition and my body cannot manage prison life, I am happy I have been doing nothing here for six months”.

Justice Abraham Majur Laat is the president of high court in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state. He said they plan to pardon up to three hundred people with minor cases.

He said that the governor has pledged to pay little fines when the list is submitted to his office for those who did not afford to pay the court fines.

NBG: 16 years’ girl sued parents on forced marriage in Aweil.

A sixteen-year-old girl in Aweil South County has opened a legal court case against her biological parents over forced marriage allegations.

The teenager identified Abuk escaped her father’s home after her family received 16 dowries without her knowledge.

The girl has reported the issue to the Police Special Protection Unit in the area to protect her.

Abuk felt humiliated by her biological parents for abusing her rights because she wasn’t qualified to be married below 18 years.

“My parents have taken cows from someone who wants to take me as a wife, although I told them that I am not interested in marriage because I am very young. I thought of killing myself because I don’t want that person, but some people advised me to first report to the Police.”

Akol Yam contacted her brother Lual Lual. He confirmed that his family had received a summon letter from the police service.

Lual acknowledged his parents received dowries because they tried to marry her off.

“What happened is that this young girl first accepted the marriage and then, later on, changed her mind when we have already made losses of preparing for the wedding, this is what is the problem, but we have agreed to accept her decision and let her return home, 

“We have already returned the cows to the person, and we want her; I have agreed not to marry her off again, so I think there is no need to go to court again.”

The Director of Special Protection Unit, in Aweil Capt. Ayak Agiu says the girl is under their protection unit, and legal procedures will follow.

This is the first time a young girl reported force marriage to the Police in the area.

Last week, South Sudan embarked on a 16 days campaign against gender-based violence to preserve women and girls’ rights.

South Sudan has the eighth highest prevalence of child marriage globally. An International NGO, Oxfam estimated that 71% of girls are married before the age of 18.

Youth Protest Against Unfair Recruitments in NGOs Sector.

Nearly one hundred angry youth in Aweil County have protested against the humanitarian organization’s employment process. The demonstrators accused NGO of “unfair recruitment.”

The move came after eighty candidates shortlisted by the Norwegian Refugee Council, but that process was later nullified.

Some youth blamed the state Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for interrupting the interviews. A group of youth moved to the Governor’s office on Thursday to report the dispute. Complainers alleged that imbalanced employment in NGOs is a violation of labor law.

Anonymous youth representative called for government intervention. “What we want the government should sit with the partner organizations and look at the recruitment process to employ qualified people rather than people they know.”

Protesters said the commission called “RRC” came to the interview place and said that these people you want to interview are not the right people we have our people who usually do the surveys.

“What happened? We were almost sitting for our interviews, and then some people came and refused the interview to take place; this is very frustrating, so where do we belong as the youth”.

The deputy secretary-general in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, Mr. Peter Aguer Muoranyar, confirmed the youth protest. He vowed the Government would investigate the disagreement.

“According to what we know now is that they say NRC is the one having a problem, and we also hear that the Government suspended the interviews.

So youth have come here to the Governor’s office looking for their right, and they are job seekers, and they have a right to know the truth. Still, it’s good that they have made a peaceful protest, I have communicated with the RRC boss, and he will come and tell us what has happened, so we shall look into this matter and solve it”.

The Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Deputy Director Angelo Deng Akol said they had stopped the interview because his office was not informed about the process.

“The NRC refused to understand us and called youth for an interview without our information, so we understood that we are not working on the right channel.

So we asked the security to suspend the interviews so that we can understand ourselves, but they rushed to Governor’s office to complain, but the system is in place and should be respected.” Angelo stated

The NRC head office in Aweil has confirmed that candidates shortlisted for the interviews were stopped. And the process was put on hold until the matter was resolved.

This year, a youth group wrote a petition letter to NGO in Aweil demanding fair employment.

UN pledge to support road construction projects in NBGs

The United Nations Special representative to the Secretary-General in South Sudan David Shearer has promised to support road infrastructure projects in Northern Bahr Ghazal State.

UN is perhaps involved in repairing major roads connecting cities in the country, including Juba Yei road, Unity State, and other states.

Shearer remarked was during his visit to the state on Wednesday. UN representative met with governor Tong Akeen Ngor where both discussed partnership on developmental projects.

Shearer acknowledged the peaceful environment in the state. He said, “peace has already experienced no fear of insecurity.” His comment enlightens that the plan to support infrastructures at the border will improve the trade between Sudan and South Sudan at the border points.

“The main reason was to look at the progress in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, and I was saying the situation here is peaceful. It’s the most peaceful in the whole of South Sudan. And as a result of that, we must start moving towards developmental projects and infrastructure projects that can benefit people and ensure that people can bring themselves up rather than humanitarian projects,” He said.

The Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state Tong Akeen Ngor has acknowledged UN agencies’ activity. He promised his government would cooperate and support the UN operations within Northern Bahr El Ghazal.

“I presented a lot of challenges one of them; we need investors to come here to Northern Bahr el Ghazal. Because the state is very peaceful, and we have a university on UNBGs because our children are cut off from higher education due to lack of a university. Also, I want to appreciate UNMISS here in NBGs because they implemented 29 quick impact projects,” Said Akeen.

Last year, the United States of America, former Ambassador to S-Sudan, Thomas Hushek, also assured their supports on developmental projects after conflict.

Candidates with no birth certificates risk to miss exam.

Primary and Secondary school candidates in Northern Bahr El Ghazal have no birth certificate, starting to worry about missing the final national examination registration dateline. The birth certificates are a mandatory requirement for all candidates, according to the Ministry of Education.

The fear emerged among the students toward the end of the registration dateline. Students say that getting a birth certificate is a challenge at Aweil’s main hospital, while registration at schools will end on Tuesday 10 November 2020.

They call on the state Ministry of Education and Administration of Aweil Civil Hospital to help them on the matter.

” I have spent one week here coming to the hospital, and I have yet received my birth certificate. We are told to come tomorrow since last week, while the deadline for registration is today, [Tuesday, Nov 10]

“We need the Ministry of education to extend the registration deadline, it, is tomorrow and we still don’t have birth certificates which we have started the process but still waiting for them.”

“Forms are not here at the hospital, and they say they will be brought from juba, which we don’t know when, but we come to check daily. The Ministry should find a solution for us as the deadline clocks tomorrow.”

 The Director-General in the Education Ministry, Cezar Atem Biajo, says they are aware of the challenge. Atem claimed he advised the school administration to register candidates, and their documents will be demanded later.

Primary candidates are expected to sit for their final exam in February next year.

Aweil: Nearly 30 street children put in rehabilitation center

A National NGO known as Community empowerment and Peace Building Organization has put nearly 29 street children in Northern Bahr El Ghazal at Aweil rehabilitation center. The center is located within Aweil town.

CEPBO launched the center two months ago mainly to support vulnerable children living on the streets.

The Project Officer Mr. Daniel Kabango said the aim to reform and educates children on streets. The organization stated that they have selected the youngest children who have no place to sleep.

” We have a small number that is sleeping here because we realized they are in different categories. Some children don’t have any family members, so we have prioritized them and made sleep here at the center. Still, there are those on the streets but have family members, so we tell them to go and sleep at home because accommodation is limited, but they come very early. We give them services here at the center like feeding, counseling, and treatment.” Kabango said.

Mr. Kabango enlightened the organization intended to establish a street children center that will host all the street children in NBG but insufficient funds have limited their plan.

The streets children who are under project services confirmed they are accommodated in new rehabilitation center. “We are no longer facing any challenge like mosquito nets and sleeping items”.

“Since we came here, no one thinks of the market again, and what we used to do at the market we have stopped them like sniffing petrol, and we are now happy that we eat good food, before when you steal you will receive a beating, so we are happy now.”

Some other children said the center end their roaming at the market looking for leftover food from public.

“I went to the streets of the market because I lacked basic needs, but I will thank God for touching the heart of this organization, which is helping and taking care of us. And one of the street girls said they are hoping to join schools through the national organization support”

“I was being brought to this center. We are receiving clothes, feeding, and counseling, so it is perfect now, and we are now delighted. We used to sleep on the floor, but now we have blankets, mattresses, and mosquito nets, and we are waiting to enroll in school once school reopens.”

The new established area accommodates both boys and girls who have been living on the street of Aweil town. The NGO promised to expand it once funds avail.