SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED WESTERN EQUATORIA

26-Jun-2015 00:02:00
Despite South Sudanese crisis which erupted in December 2013, Western Equatoria State remained  peaceful until recently when conflict erupted between cattle keepers and farmers causing insecurity which resulted in killings, destruction of properties and displacement of civilians. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED WESTERN EQUATORIA
TRT: 02:00
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ARABIC/NATS

DATELINE: 25 JUNE 2015, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Vehicles passing around about in Yambio
2. Wide shot, internally displaced registration center
3. Med shot, internally displaced people in Yambio during registration
4. Close shot, Registration of internally displaced people
5. Med shot, internally displaced people during registration
6. Tilt shot, internally displaced person signing
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lois David, internally displace person from Maridi County:
“It was really difficult for us to survive in the bush without food even no drinking water no market to buy staffs we were just tired”
8. Med shot, internally displaced persons at registration center
9. Wide shot, internally displaced persons at registration center
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lois David, internally displace person from Maridi County:
“We came here in Yambio life is not the same we don’t stay comfortable I was having four of my children schooling but now they not longing schooling and there is no way out.”
11. Wide shot, internally displaced people during registration
12. Med shot, internally displaced children sitting
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Pasca John Masua, internally displace person from Maridi County:
“There is no way we can study because all our teachers are not there even our headmaster was killed there is no hope foe school this war has come to us unfortunately we want to be help with our education”
13. Med shot, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) Moustapha Soumaré shaking hand with Humanitarian helpers.
14. Wide shot, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) Moustapha Soumaré addressing the IDPs
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG):
“It is also interested for me to see that the government purposely has taken the position and the approach not to open a camp but rather to help those people integrate in host communities.”
16. Wide shot, internally displaced people during registration
STORYLINE
Despite South Sudanese crisis which erupted in December 2013, Western Equatoria State remains remain peaceful until recently when conflict erupted between cattle keepers and farmers causing insecurity which resulted in killings, destruction of properties and displacement of civilians from Maridi and Mundri counties.

Over 4,000 IDPs living under trees in Yambio are receiving support, including food, non-food items and immunization from the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner as well as UN agencies.

Lois David a mother of six had manage to left Maridi with her children “it was not easy going through the bush with children……no water no food….”

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Lois David, internally displace person from Maridi County.
“It was really difficult for us to survive in the bush without food even no drinking water no market to buy staffs we were just tired”
Mrs. Lois feels pity for her children who are now out of school due to the crisis and life is not th e same as it was in Maridi

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Lois David, internally displace person from Maridi County.
“We came here in Yambio life is not the same we don’t stay comfortable I was having four of my children schooling but now they not longing schooling and there is no way out”

On 3th June 2015, western Equatoria state government in collaboration with UNICEF Launched a national campaign to reverse the massive downward trend in school attendance and participation in south Sudan under the theme back to learning. Which gives hope to many that they will go back to school.

But internally displaced student Pasca John Masua now is worry about her education “All of us came here we want to get back to school some of us are orphanages who lost their Parents….” said Pasca John Masua a student from Maridi

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Pasca John Masua, internally displace person from Maridi County.
“there is no way we can study because all our teachers are not there even our headmaster was killed there is no hope foe school this war has come to us unfortunately we want to be help with our education”

To assess the security situation in Western Equatoria State, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) Moustapha Soumaré made his first visit to the capital Yambio. During his visit, the DSRSG also met with internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mundri West and Maridi counties who had fled their homes seeking safety in Yambio. And he thanks the government of Western equatorial State for takin initiative of helping the IDPs integrate in the host communities.

SOUNDBITE: (English), Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) Moustapha Soumaré
“It is also interested for me to see that the government purposely has taken the position and the approach not to open a camp but rather to help those people integrate in host communities”

The governor said his priority was to maintain security and encourage the community to engage in agricultural activities and education.
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