Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General. (UN photo)

UNISFA clears bushes, intensifies patrols in Abyei

The spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) peacekeepers continue patrolling to protect civilians in the disputed Abyei region which straddles the South Sudan-Sudan border.

The spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) peacekeepers continue patrolling to protect civilians in the disputed Abyei region which straddles the South Sudan-Sudan border.

Speaking at a press briefing, Stéphane Dujarric stated that UNISFA is engaging with community leaders and local authorities to de-escalate intercommunal tensions.

“As part of these efforts, UNISFA has supported the initiative of the local authorities to clear shrubs and trees in the area of Abyei New Market, aimed at reducing hiding spots for assailants and improving the safety of local communities, especially women and girls who are particularly at risk,” he said. “The support was provided in close coordination with local authorities and the community.”

At the weekend, the mayor of Abyei town told Radio Tamazuj that the Abyei Special Administrative Area Chief Administrator Dr. Chol Deng Alak, his cabinet, youth, women, chiefs, and the Community Liaison Office of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) joined hands in clearing bushes in Abyeu Town.

According to Mayor Mading Anyang, the exercise will cover the clearing of two square kilometers of bushes and aims to maintain a healthy environment and improve security because criminals often sneak into the town through the bushes.