UNMISS Chief urges South Sudanese to work for a common national identity

Ellen Margrethe Løj. Photo: UN/Youtube
Ellen Margrethe Løj. Photo: UN/Youtube

Juba, November 28, 2016 (SSNA) — The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Ellen Margrethe Løj ha called on the people of South Sudan to unite and work for what she described as “national identity.”

Løj, who is set to step down at the end of this month, told reporters at the UNMISS compound here in Juba that South Sudanese should put their ethnic affiliation aside and unite to create a prosperous future for their country.

“South Sudan is such a rich country in terms of resources and fertile land. But I think we all have to work for that. I am extremely moved by having learned so much about South Sudan, I am extremely impressed by the resilience of the South Sudanese people,” Løj said.

The top UN envoy to South Sudan admits that the UN has not completed its work, noticing lack of peace in the war-torn young nation.

“We have not yet finished our job, we don’t have peace in South Sudan, we don’t have prosperity in South Sudan. I have not given up on South Sudan,” she added.

The UNMISS chief expresses dissatisfaction, saying the “hopes and aspirations” of South Sudanese have not been satisfied.

“I am extremely depressed that their hopes and aspirations at the time of independence have not yet been fulfilled, the conflict that erupted in December 2013 continues to make many South Sudanese homeless, internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries,” Løj observed.

Mrs. Løj was appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2014 and said last month that its honor for her to have served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan for over two years.

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  • badi. Joseph lomude manes
    November 28, 2016 7:05 pm

    Ellen, l want to know from you because you said that you are step down from your job. The is big for you or too hard for you? You spend time in southsudan without help because my people be killed in jab. Or Yei. You didn’t make any good thing that can help southsudan why? Why you accept the u n job?

  • badi. Joseph lomude manes
    November 28, 2016 7:21 pm

    If someone going to southsudan to work because she or he to make money for himself and return to his country. That will be wrong for people who workings in office of U N in southsudan. The War is going on , but Ellen is step down.what’s she help in southsudan?

  • Dr Majokdit Deng
    November 29, 2016 6:08 am

    Orighte! Dear rulers of the world
    Please! Don’t get up Plize! Please! You must cause those who are at the parliament Plize!!! Plize! You must starting it by Michael makuei Lueth with the mean staff malong Awan including head of security Akol kuerdit. Plize! By

    • @Dr it looks like you’re not a Dr, not even your name after all.

      Drs all the world use their head not emotion.

      If may ask why these individuals?

  • Politics in Western Europe itself is no good. Too much Right-Wing populists. Cold in the West.

  • The lady was right. No angle will come from heaven forget about an American to help. It’s up to us we South Sudanese to leave all these nonsense aside and work for common good. Kiir, Riek & cronies wherever you’re will only vanish if we renounce violence.


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