AU diplomat visits Rumbek, inspects assorted riffles disarmed from civilians

African Union Commission Chairperson’s Special Envoy on Youth, Ms Aya Chebbi ​upon arrival in Rumbek on November 1, 2020 |Photo: Thessherald
          Press Release 

November 1, 2020 (Thessherald)–The governor of Lakes State, Hon Makur Kulang Liei has welcomed the delegation from Juba led by Ms. Aya Chebbi, the African Union special Envoy on Youth Affairs.

The delegation includes two national Ministers of Labour and Youth and Sports, Hon. James Hoth Mai and Hon. Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu respectively.

In his keynotes speech, Governor Makur appreciated the delegation for choosing Rumbek to celebrate the African Youth day.

He appreciated the moral support given to his leadership by National government officials.

Hon. Makur called on African Special envoy on youth to let her Union work harder to provide the jobs to the Youths in Africa.

Speaking during the occasion, Ms Aya appreciated the hospitality accorded to delegation and her by the government and the people of Rumbek.

She reiterated her Union readiness to create opportunities for the Youth. Chebbi called upon Hon. Governor Makur to include youths in his coming leadership. The special envoy called on youth to move away from being tomorrow leaders to become today’s leaders.

Ms. Aya appreciated the youths of Lakes State for voluntarily handing over their guns peacefully.

She visited the guns collected site in State house where she was shown 1,565 different firearms in the stores.

The national Minister for Labour and war veteran Gen. James Hoth Mai appreciated Hon. Governor for implementing what the leadership requires from him in regards to Rumbek situation. Hon. Minister cautioned youth to make use of skills they acquired from different training institutions .

The Minister directed the Director General in the State Ministry of labour to implement 80% jobs employment to the local Citizens.

In his key words, Dr Albino Bol of Youths and Sports Ministry appreciated the governor for playing a big role in fighting insecurity in Lakes State.

The Minister urged Agar community and Lakes State at large to desist from baseless feuds which have derailed their Unity.

He said youths in Lakes State should refrain from being violence perpetrators to be peace ambassadors.
He added that his Ministry is looking forward to working with international partners to create jobs for the youth in private sector.

The 26-member delegation has left for Juba after a fruitful day in Rumbek.

Mayor Muou Adhor ,
Press secretary,
Office of the governor,
Lakes State-Rumbek

US issues Travel Advisory for S. Sudan over magnitude of crimes

United States Embassy issues statement on the ongoing situation in South Sudan | Photo: USA Embassy

August 13, 2020 (Thessherald)–The US government has issued a travel warning for South Sudan over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and violent crimes in the country.

In a statement, Department of State updated its travel advisory and warned US citizens to be extremely cautious when considering travel to South Sudan.

“That travel advisory recommends that American Citizens not travel to South Sudan due to COVID-19, crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict. The Travel Advisory further notes that the U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens.”

“American citizens that do decide to travel to South Sudan are advised to register with the Department of State’s Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) and to contact the U.S. Embassy should they need emergency assistance.”

Since last year, there has been an increasing number of crimes fueled by inter-communal violence in the country.

Among the gross and heinous crimes committed was the murder of three children, who were ruthlessly murdered in cold blood by an immediate family member.

In July, the government ordered a nationwide disarmament to end widespread proliferation of firearms in the hands of the civilian population.