SOUTH SUDAN / UPPER NILE DISPLACED

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The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, said today peacekeepers’ inability to reach some 20,000 internally displaced people in the Upper Nile region of the country was a “real problem.” UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UPPER NILE DISPLACED
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 16 FEBRUARY 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

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16 FEBRUARY 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, UNMISS officials waiting for Shearer and Gilmour to disembark from plane
2. Med shot, Shearer shaking hands with peacekeeper
3. Wide shot, UNMISS vehicles driving away
4. Wide shot, Shearer and Gilmour speaking to UNMISS officials
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in South Sudan:
“These are not the conditions that we want people to live in. We want people to go back home. These are temporary structures that have been setup to protect people because outside of here, if these people left and went to the town now, they would risk being killed. Unless we have peace and we have the ability for these people to go back to their own homes, which are only just a few kilometres away, then we’ll never see the end of this camp and we don’t want these camps to exist.”
6. Wide shot, UNMISS peacekeeper explaining patrols in area
7. Various shots, Shearer on boat patrolling Nile River
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in South Sudan:
“Right now we have a real problem on the west bank of the Nile, Wau Shilluk area, where there are 20,000 people have fled that area of Wau Shilluk and are moving to another village. We tried this morning to get across the river with a small force, unfortunately the SPLA are not letting us go into Wau Shilluk. The only thing we can do is try and push as hard as we can so we can get our forces to be able to provide some protection but right now we can’t.”
9. Various shots, displaced people in camp
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, United Nations:
“They are understandably rather fed up with telling people like me how bad their situation is; I understand that. I’m not their first visitor who has come and they have told their stories to. And so they understandably are asking: ‘What more can you do for us? Why is our situation not getting better?’, and I understand that. However, it is still important that we come to meet them. It’s still important that they tell us their stories and it’s still important, and this is really important, that we go out, we go back to wherever we come from in my case it’s United Nations Headquarters in New York, to go back and tell people this is what the IDPs (internally displaced persons) are facing in Malakal. That is the message we will be taking back.”
11. Wide shot, Shearer speaking to peacekeepers
12. Wide shot, Shearer boarding plane

STORYLINE:

The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, said today (16 Feb) peacekeepers’ inability to reach some 20,000 internally displaced people in the Upper Nile region of the country was a “real problem.”

On his first field trip to the town of Malakal after taking up his position four weeks ago, Shearer said government forces “unfortunately” denied UNMISS access to the Wau Shilluk area and all the mission could do was try to “push” to “provide some protection” for those displaced by the violence.

UNMISS said it believes that the 20,000 people fled towards Kodok from Wau Shilluk, a town eight miles north of the UN base in Malakal on the west bank of the River Nile. The mission said fighting between government SPLA forces and opposition forces expanded across the west bank over the past week and showed no signs of abating.

Meanwhile, UNMISS said the Shilluk population of Malakal abandoned the town and 33,000 people were currently taking refuge in a camp administered by UNMISS.

Shearer said the camp where people had sought refuge was temporary and unless there was peace, “we’ll never see the end of this camp.”
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