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    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 That comment included profanity and will not be published.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.

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    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.
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    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.

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