SOUTH SUDAN / YEI VIOLENCE CHILDREN

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Children suffering from violence and poverty are urging political leaders to restore peace in the South Sudanese town of Yei. Seventy percent of the population fled the region last year after fierce fighting erupted between Government and Opposition forces, leaving Yei largely a ghost town. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YEI VIOLENCE CHILDREN
TRT: 01:55
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2017 YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Children at play at Christ the King Primary School
2. Med shot, Children at play at Christ the King Primary School
3. Wide shot, lone boy outside school entrance
4. Close up, school name on wall
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Quintin, Student, Christ The King School :
“I don’t have parents, my friends are all dead. I don’t have someone to support me in my education. I am the one who supports myself in education but now I don’t have anything to eat or to support my education because I don’t have money to support myself in education.”
6. Wide shot, Classroom at the school looking at chalkboard
7. Close up, Writing on chalkboard
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Taban Emmanuel Elisa, teacher, Christ The King School:
“We can’t surrender. That was one of our mottos at the school. Even if problems are like that, education must continue so the generation to come should not face the challenges that we are in.”
9. Wide shot, School courtyard
10. Med shot, signs posted in grass in school courtyard
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Emmanuel Mambo, Head boy, Christ The King School:
“I want to beg our leaders, let them bring peace to South Sudan so that South Sudanese children will enjoy their life like the one of ago.”
12. Wide shot, SRSG and UNMISS delegation seated with Yei Catholic Bishop
13. Med shot, UNMISS SRSG seated with Yei Catholic Bishop
14. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan, United Nations:
“This is a grassroots peace process. We want them to take the lead. It’s much better that local people take the lead and we come in and support whatever we can do rather than the UN come in as the great savior which I don’t think we do as well as the local people.”
15. Med shot, children running to the school gate

STORYLINE:

Children suffering from violence and poverty are urging political leaders to restore peace in the southern South Sudanese town of Yei.

Seventy percent of the population fled the region last year after fierce fighting erupted between Government and Opposition forces, leaving Yei largely a ghost town.

However, some children remain, including a number of orphans who have sought sanctuary in the local Catholic school, which has managed to stay open throughout the crisis.

SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Quintin, Student, Christ The King School:
“I don’t have parents, my friends are all dead. I don’t have someone to support me in my education. I am the one who supports myself in education but now I don’t have anything to eat or to support my education because I don’t have money to support myself in education.”

The situation in Yei is dire. Food is scarce. People can’t tend to their crops outside the town because of ongoing insecurity, including murder, abduction, rape and looting.

Despite this, fourteen teachers have remained to volunteer their time, helping the children learn and giving them a sense of security.

SOUNDBITE (English) Taban Emmanuel Elisa, teacher, Christ The King School:
“We can’t surrender. That was one of our mottos at the school. Even if problems are like that, education must continue so the generation to come should not face the challenges that we are in.”

Students who have lost their parents say that education is all they have left. For them, it is a chance for a way out and a way forward to a brighter future.

SOUNDBITE (English) Emmanuel Mambo, Head boy, Christ The King School:
“I want to beg our leaders, let them bring peace to South Sudan so that South Sudanese children will enjoy their life like the one of ago.”

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is considering establishing a new peacekeeping base in Yei. Before that happens, it wants local authorities to guarantee access for peacekeepers to outlying areas and evidence of a genuinely inclusive peace process.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan, United Nations:
“This is a grassroots peace process. We want them to take the lead. It’s much better that local people take the lead and we come in and support whatever we can do rather than the UN come in as the great savior which I don’t think we do as well as the local people.”

Political, religious and community leaders welcome the idea of a more permanent peacekeeping presence in the town as they work together to end the violence and restore hope for the children of Yei.
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