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Protection of Civilians by the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan

In August 2015, the Stimson Center, the Better World Campaign and the Center for Civilians in Conflict travelled to South Sudan to understand the implementation of the UN peacekeeping mission’s mandate to protect civilians.  This preliminary paper focuses on three key challenges – (1) restrictions on mission movement, (2) the protection of civilian (POC) sites, and (3) projection of force beyond the POC sites.

Research included interviews with personnel within the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); civilians affected by the conflict and living in the POC sites; representatives from the humanitarian and diplomatic communities; officials from the South Sudanese government and armed forces; and local experts.