South Sudan displaced forms advocacy group
JUBA (14 Sep.)

members of the internally displaced persons in South Sudan sheltering at
the protection of civilians manned by the United Nations have come together
to form a body advocacy group.

The new body named South Sudanese Internally Displaced Persons Civil
Society Organization, SSISCO, has elected the board and selected Kilkil
Sammy Lony from youth for change organization to head the civil society.
The objectives of SSISCO, according to Sam, is to advocate for the
voiceless internally displaced persons in the camp.

Another objective, he added, is to fight for the rights of the internally
displaced, including in the employment, combating Gender Based Violence,
Sanitary improvement and report to the relevant authority any individual or
group of NGOs that do not perform to the expectations. Sam said the board
has started its work and met the UN Security council who recently visit the
protection of civilian site and shared with them all the challenges facing
members of displaced as well giving recommendations for improvement of the
security. One of the concerns raised by the new body to the UNSC during
their visit was the killing of displaced in Bor, Malakal and others places
with impunity .

The board comprises 8 organisations, including Youth for Change, Western
Upper Nile Women Working Group, Greater Upper Nile Orphan organization for
Assistance, Nile Star Global for Change, goodhearted orphan organization &
Disable organization, Nilotic community peace and Empowerment and the
Jenubna Development foundation. Each advocacy group nominated a
representative to the coalition.

This is the first time the groups of different organizations within the
camp have together to form a coalition advocating for the rights of the
displaced the since the establishment of the camp after the war broke out
in 2013.

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