UNHCR, EES target over 160,000 youth in integration plan

UNHCR, EES target over 160,000 youth in integration plan

Most South Sudanese youth returning to the country from Kenya and Uganda are facing challenges in trying to integrate into the community not to mention the lack of communication resources like internet access.

The Deputy Representative of UNHCR in South Sudan, Juliet Murekeyison, told the journalists in Magwi County on Saturday that the agency is launching a centre to provide support to these groups of people so that they can settle and engage in income-generating projects.

“We started with the youth on what they would like to have since most are coming back from Uganda and Kenya. The youth called for a centre that can organise them and teach them how to integrate themselves here in South Sudan, especially in the Eastern Equatoria State,” said Murekeyison during the launch of two youth multipurpose training centres in Torit and Magwi.

It is estimated that 160,000 have returned from the neighboring countries waiting for the centre to facilitate their integration.

Achayo Joska, a youth from Eastern Equatoria State, called on the partners to support youth in the state; this came

Achayo Joska stated that youth are facing a lot of challenges, especially access to the Internet, which connects them to job opportunities.

Joska stressed that there is a need for solar panels rather than generators since youth lack the resources to maintain them.

“To maintain the generator is like a child who needs to eat and needs treatment. We (youth) can make it, so we still request that if possible or where possible, you (donors) provide us with a solar panel for easy maintenance and access the to the Internet anytime since it doesn’t require fuel.”

Joska said they requested 25 computers from UNHCR and the internet which will help them get online job opportunities.

“We know very well that we, the youth of Eastern Equatoria, also have the problem of getting jobs; within this year, the majority are going to be employed because we have access to the internet since most people advertise online.”

The state minister for youth and sport, Margaret Kuye, said the youth would produce centres that will help them since the UNHCR support for the centres will last for three months.

“Let’s stand on our feet; we no longer want this syndrome of dependency. I want to tell you that we are not going to be waiting. It is also time for us, the government, to walk around the club to substitute for what the donors have done.”