SOUTH SUDAN / WAU DISPLACED

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Thousands of families have fled their homes in the Western Bahr El Ghazal region of South Sudan because of ongoing fighting between government and opposition forces. They have gathered in makeshift camps around the town, relying on humanitarian aid and each other to survive. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WAU DISPLACED
TRT: 02:25
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2017, WAU, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Med shot, children talking to UNMISS SRSG
2. Wide shot, SRSG and children
3. Wide shot, Children pumping water
4. Med shot, boy getting water from pump
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Internally Displaced Person in Wau:
“At that time, we were in the forest. We ran off from the forest. We came to see that it is very complicated for us to live at home with all the people during the night, people would, you know, knock on the door, come out, come out, you are going to die.”
7. Wide shot, women sitting under a tree in Church POC
8. Wide shot, tent shelters in Church POC
9. Wide shot, IDP’s welcoming UNMISS SRSG
10. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan and Head of UNMISS:
“It actually has to work together hand in hand. It has to be both the level of security so people feel safe to come back and they’ll do that and make their own assessment themselves. It won’t us assuring them they are safe. At the same time, at the moment in the camps, they are receiving humanitarian support, we’ve got to also make sure that if they do come back that support follows them.”
11. Wide shot, UNMISS SRSG shaking Wau Governor’s hand
12. SOUNDBITE (English) John Mabior Malek, Change Maker, South Sudan:
“We need an enabling environment for security to prevail in the whole of Wau and that enabling environment can only be guaranteed by the police and state government. The bringing in of the military was to mainly to fight the rebellion and of course now the level of rebellion of course has gone down. We have not seen rebel activity in the last three months around Wau so there will be no more need for the military to be intensively deployed around the town because that creates fear amongst the civilians.”
13. Wide shot, UNMISS SRSG speaking with Doctors at Community clinic
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Esteban Sacco, Deputy Head of Office, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“You know I know that it’s challenging but you know there is no option, you know we should not surrender our desire to actually reach that end of the game that is actually making sure that people can go home, can stay in a better environment with their communities.”

FILE - 20 APRIL 201, WAU, SOUTH SUDAN

15. Wide shot, New Arrival at Wau POC setting up shelters

STORYLINE:

Thousands of families have fled their homes in the Western Bahr El Ghazal region of South Sudan because of ongoing fighting between government and opposition forces. They have gathered in makeshift camps around the town, relying on humanitarian aid and each other to survive.

SOUNDBITE (English) Internally Displaced Person in Wau:
“At that time, we were in the forest. We ran off from the forest. We came to see that it is very complicated for us to live at home with all the people during the night, people would, you know, knock on the door, come out, come out, you are going to die.”

On a visit to the camp, the Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan explained plans for a new model to enable displaced people to return home and live safely in a supported environment.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan and Head of UNMISS:
“It actually has to work together hand in hand. It has to be both the level of security so people feel safe to come back and they’ll do that and make their own assessment themselves. It won’t us assuring them they are safe. At the same time, at the moment in the camps, they are receiving humanitarian support, we’ve got to also make sure that if they do come back that support follows them.”

This new model of cooperation would involve UN peacekeepers and humanitarians working together intensively with local authorities, police, and national security services.

SOUNDBITE (English) John Mabior Malek, Change Maker, South Sudan:
“We need an enabling environment for security to prevail in the whole of Wau and that enabling environment can only be guaranteed by the police and state government. The bringing in of the military was to mainly to fight the rebellion and of course now the level of rebellion of course has gone down. We have not seen rebel activity in the last three months around Wau so there will be no more need for the military to be intensively deployed around the town because that creates fear amongst the civilians.”

The UN is offering to increase its peacekeeping presence through night patrols but needs the government to agree.

Humanitarian services would have to be shifted from delivering on a collective level to targeting the most vulnerable in communities. Aid workers would need guaranteed safe access and secure buffer zones around communities may also be needed to ensure people can move freely and grow their crops safely.

However, if this works, it is a model that could be replicated across the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Esteban Sacco, Deputy Head of Office, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“You know I know that it’s challenging but you know there is no option, you know we should not surrender our desire to actually reach that end of the game that is actually making sure that people can go home, can stay in a better environment with their communities.”

For the people here who have seen family members killed, had their homes looted, been beaten, and traumatized by the ongoing violence, it remains a difficult decision to make – when, or even if, it will be safe enough to finally take their families home.
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