7 January 2011 – UNMIS Malakal office donated furniture, appliances, office equipment and other goods to the library of Upper Nile University to replace items that were looted during the bloody February 2009 clashes in Malakal between troops belonging to the Sudan People's Liberation Army and the Sudan Armed Forces.
The mission raised about 36,000 Sudanese pounds ($12,000) to procure the replacement goods, which consist of 200 plastic chairs, four office tables, 11 ceiling fans, two office cabinets, two refrigerators, three photocopying machines and three computers with accessories.
Attending the donation ceremony were UNMIS head of office Hendrik Bruyn, the university's deputy principal, Lino Libo Ador, and its deputy dean of library, Tom Ohia Joseph.
"UNMIS in Malakal is committed to support Upper Nile University to recover the damages due to the clashes which took place in 2009," said Mr. Bruyn.
The deputy principal thanked UNMIS for its assistance. "We will not forget the help that UNMIS has extended to Upper Nile University. There are enough chairs now for our students to study in the library," said Mr. Ador.
In the immediate aftermath of the 2009 fighting, UNMIS donated 29,000 Sudanese pounds ($9,700) to help the university refurbish the library.
Mr. Joseph noted that the peacekeeping mission's donation will give university students greater access to computers and photocopiers.
Upper Nile University is one of three institutions of higher learning located in Southern Sudan.