UNMISS- Weapons Free Zone
A young woman looks on as David Shearer, special representative to the United Nations mission in South Sudan, meets with locals during a tour of the weapons free zone on the permitter of the UN-House Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba on Thursday 29th June, 2017. The tour was part of a handover of a partnered project between the government of South Sudan and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which included the construction of a solar powered-water system and the clearance of vegetation surrounding three communities around UN-House in Juba. Lt. Gen. Michael Chiangjiek Geay, South Sudan's Minister of Interior, together with David Shearer, special representative to the United Nations mission in South Sudan, officially opened the facility during the ceremony on Thursday 29th June, 2017.
The Quick Impact Project (QIPS), included the removal of the bushy surroundings of the PoCs which had become a hot-bed for criminal activities. Firearms and other contraband items were often hidden in these bushes and later used by aggressive and often violent youths whose criminal activities threatened peace and security for almost 40,000 IDPs, UN personnel, and host communities. Both the vegetation clearance and water system projects were designed to address insecurity and promote peaceful inter-communal co-existence through strengthening the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) at the Yei-road check-point, UNMISS patrolling and surveillance operations in the Weapons Free Zone, and engagement with the host communities.