UNMAS clears active minefield, home to over 1,500 people in Canal, South Sudan

On a day-long visit to Canal in Pigi county, UNMISS Deputy Special Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Sara Beysolow Nyanti met with community members, listened to their concerns, and received their heartfelt appreciation for recent demining efforts by UNMAS. (Photo: Ines Surwumwe/UNMISS)
Sara Beysolow Nyanti, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative and the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan travels to visit a remote community in Pigi county, an area that can only be reached via water routes from Malakal in Upper Nile state. (Photo: Priyanka Chowdhury/UNMISS)
Community leaders, women and children gather to express gratitude to UNMISS and UNMAS for the demining efforts and discuss remaining challenges. (Photo: Priyanka Chowdhury/UNMISS)
Scenes of jubilation erupt upon DSRSG Nyanti arrival, with community members singing, dancing and engaging in heartfelt conversations. (Photo: Priyanka Chowdhury/UNMISS)
DSRSG Nyanti has conversations with Canal community members as they celebrate this milestone, while acknowledging that much more must be done. (Photo: Priyanka Chowdhury/UNMISS)
A classroom in Canal, Pigi County, where children can now safely learn and play, thanks to UNMAS’ demining efforts. (Photo: Priyanka Chowdhury/UNMISS)
Community leaders, women and children gather to express gratitude to UNMISS and UNMAS for the demining efforts and discuss remaining challenges. (Photo: Priyanka Chowdhury/UNMISS)

“This is really an important step. When there is peace, when the ground they live on is safe, and when they have worked hard to reconcile their differences, we, as the UN family, can rally to garner more support for them.”

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