The Humanitarian and Development Consortium [HDC] on Tuesday 14th June, handed over the newly constructed fish market funded by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan at Bor dock in Jonglei State to the community. The fish market's construction is one of many quick impact projects that UNMISS is funding across South Sudan.
State government officials, representatives from organisations both community based organizations and international were present during the handover ceremony. The Deputy Director of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) James Jok Alier spoke at the handover saying,
“The reason why we are happy is because they have saved our women groups from the burning sun, from rains and above all from unhygienic environment,” James Jok said.
Speaking during the ceremony, Jonglei Governor Philip Aguer Panyang thanked UNMISS and HDC for the gift to the peoples of of Jonglei. He advised the traders in the fish market to maintain hygiene and sanitation at the port, and stressed that the establishment of the fish market was a crucial part of building peace among the communities in the region.
“This market is not only a structure for selling fish in Bor but it will also be used as a tool for mobilizing communities across the whole region to come together, conduct business together and co-exist,” he noted.
The Mayor of Bor municipal Council, Akim Ajeth Buuy called upon the residents of Bor to work for peace and unity in the market. Authorities pledged that the centre will be equipped with refrigerators and women trained on how to preserve fish.
With gratitude to Gurtong.