News / Africa

South Sudanese React to UNMISS Chief's Resignation

United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) Special Representative to Secretary-General (SRSG) Hilde Johnson, March 6, 2012.
United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) Special Representative to Secretary-General (SRSG) Hilde Johnson, March 6, 2012.
Charlton Doki
— The announcement Friday by Hilde Johnson that she will be stepping down as head of the U.N. Mission in South Sudan drew mixed reactions from South Sudanese.

Political commentator Leben Nelson Moro said how people greeted Johnson's resignation depended in part on which side of the fence -- or the walls surrounding U.N. bases in South Sudan -- they are on.

"People in government will probably say she didn't do a good job because they had a very difficult relationship toward the end of her term," he said.

"Since the fighting started in December, there's been serious problems, possibly also to do with the many civilians who fled to U.N. bases to seek security. I think the government would very much like those people to come out (of U.N. bases) so that they can go to their homes. I think that probably created problems between UNMISS and the government," Moro said.

Between 75,000 and 80,000 civilians are sheltering in U.N. bases in South Sudan. For them, Moro said, Johnson will be remembered as someone who "did her best, she tried very hard to ensure those who feel insecure outside,  they found some security in U.N. bases, even though the conditions are bad."

Most of the reactions on South Sudan in Focus's Twitter feed praised Johnson for doing the best she could in difficult circumstances. But a few comments on Twitter said Johnson's departure was good news for South Sudan. Another comment, which was posted on South Sudan in Focus' Twitter feed, accused Johnson of cozying up to opposition leader Riek Machar. That comment included profanity and will not be published.

Karin Zeitvogel contributed to this report from Washington.

You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Apollo Duku from: Juba
June 10, 2014 6:37 AM
Thank You Hilde J. Wish you success in your next assignment.


by: peter Reech from: USA
June 01, 2014 9:01 PM
I am very happy her leaving southernSudan,because she is doing bad jobs help Spa opposition with Guns foods car. let's her go.


by: Lisa from: Tx
June 01, 2014 12:10 AM
Ms Johnson, am asking you not to wait until July, you have to go Now. not in bad faith the Sudan government will misuse you under the new madate you better believe me. your in south Sudan to protect the innocent people not protecting the oil field, this what salva kirr's government. They want to American who are helping in front of Chinese and Russian government coming to south sudan to assist in killing of the innocent. China once did it clearing people from their homes under sudan government north. The Russian was Gun ship on the innocent. Most of the poor people are looking towards, American government to help because splm don't care about its people. Once if Russian and Chinese come in i hope it will not be to late .the south sudan government made it clear, if they cannot lobby the Americans then the Russian and China will help them to fight Dr riek, they are not coming in as peace personnel but armed, clear all village's which is not supporting the kiir government. It happen in the north they will kill humans and make business with splm government. Dr riek is talking peace and democratic process. But instead salva kirr is planning attack in areas control by riek, that is why people are refusing to go home their village. Can someone hear me. Am telling nothing but the truth. Who can help God's people.

In Response

by: wunbaai from: new planet
June 04, 2014 1:10 AM
she already left the massive messes hates in south sudan.she should resign from the first. instead of now its too late


by: tom jabwe from: aru south sudan
May 31, 2014 1:44 PM
I believe UN and USA has not done enough to stop the conflict in South Sudan because first of all it has not condemn the rebels activities.Riek Machar and his rebels have no moral grounds to be recognized because they attacked an elected government.


by: Tor Madira Machier from: Cairo
May 31, 2014 3:44 AM
A happy begining make a sad ending, Hildi Johnson was seriously achieving her international mission and we all were happy about her performances, so now it is a sad news for her to resign in july. May God dwel you in a house happiness for every.


by: Lisa from: Tx
May 30, 2014 7:37 PM
Ms johnson you might have step on the south Sudan government. The reason is whenever you defend the innocent splm will be against you. I didn't believe that you step down because you wanted the truth is you did stand up for the poor people of south sudan, instead of accepting splm demand. Your not coward woman your for peace and that is why they made you step down. it was not your will, you know it i know it too . Its not because of the new mandate or the change i will say to all un workers in south sudan, if your in the country for peace and the loving of Gods people you have to understand that the word peace is not the message which you have to use because you will not have a job in splm areas.


by: nyakor from: US
May 30, 2014 4:05 PM
Sad to hear that you are leaving Hilde Johnson.But to tell you the truth, you have done the best you could dear sister.May God bless you.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid