The Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana, visited war-displaced citizens in Malakal yesterday.
At the ‘Protection of Civilians’ site in Malakal, he was welcomed by crowds of camp residents demonstrating in support of peace.
According to a press release by JMEC, Mogae’s visit was intended to provide him an opportunity to meet with government officials, representatives of South Sudanese society, as well as humanitarian agencies, the Monitoring and Verification Teams of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) and United Nations officials.
He is scheduled to continue his travel today to Bentiu where similar meetings are planned, before continuing on to Addis Ababa for further meetings in support of the implementation of the Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), according to the JMEC statement.
In the photo gallery, provided courtesy of UNMISS, Mogae is seen attending an event held in the Protection of Civilians site. He heard from community representatives, religious leaders, women leaders, elders, and youth representatives.