“A better future through inclusivity in South Sudan”
PEACE BEGINS WITH ME
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
MAY 2023 | 42 PORTRAITS
Over the past 75 years, more than two million UN peacekeepers have helped countries navigate the difficult path from war to peace. We are ordinary people striving to overcome enormous challenges to build peace. We are not alone in the pursuit of peace. We work alongside partners globally, and in the countries we serve. The legacy of our peacekeepers, past and present, and the resilience of the communities we work with, inspires us all to take action in the knowledge that #PeaceBegins with me.
As South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, emerges from repeated civil wars to take necessary steps towards establishing itself as a true democracy, there are numerous challenges: Subnational conflict continues to cause immense harm to communities, violence against women is a pervasive problem, and the political process urgently needs fresh momentum. Through these portraits captured by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), a cross-section of South Sudanese citizens as well as some of their international friends, call for all voices to be included in decision-making as the country drafts a permanent constitution and prepares for free, fair and credible elections.
Their ask: Leave the wounds of the past behind and look forward to a peaceful, prosperous future.