SOUTH SUDAN / YEI NEW BASE

14-Jul-2017 00:01:46
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it is exploring the establishment of a new permanent peacekeeping base in Yei to better protect civilians in the region. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YEI NEW BASE
TRT: 01:46
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 JULY 2017, YEI, SOUTH SUDAN
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14 JULY 2017, YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Aerial shots, Yei landscape
2. Tracking, armoured personnel carrier driving along
3. Driving shot, Yei
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Solomon, Mothers’ Union:
“The hunger in Yei is, you know, forcing women to go outside the town and it is really impossible for us as women to go outside. But, because of our children, we really want to rescue them from dying, we go outside and, you now, we endanger our lives. Once you go outside the town, five miles or three miles, you are abducted.”
5. Med shots, Shearer meeting officials
6. Wide shot, Shearer meeting with humanitarian workers at Yei camp
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan, United Nations:
“Everything that you would want is here and yet it’s been destroyed by war. Seventy per cent of the population is no longer here. They are in refugee camps or displaced. That’s the real tragedy. So whatever we can do to try and support bringing Yei back to what it was, we will try and do. But it requires us to be able to have that access into the surrounding countryside and also to be able to talk to the people we need to talk to; and that mean the opposition as well as the Government-supported sides as well.”
8. Various shots, armoured personnel carrier on roadside in Yei town
STORYLINE
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it is exploring the establishment of a new permanent peacekeeping base in Yei to better protect civilians in the region.

Once the breadbasket of South Sudan, the lush and fertile land surrounding Yei supported a thriving trading centre and attracted crowds of weekend visitors from the capital. That changed in 2016 when violence erupted between Government and opposition forces fighting for control over the strategic outpost on the main trading route with Uganda. UNMISS said most of the population fled, leaving Yei largely a ghost town amidst ongoing violence and human rights abuses.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Solomon, Mothers’ Union:
“The hunger in Yei is, you know, forcing women to go outside the town and it is really impossible for us as women to go outside. But, because of our children, we really want to rescue them from dying, we go outside and, you now, we endanger our lives. Once you go outside the town, five miles or three miles, you are abducted.”

UNMISS chief David Shearer met today (14 July) with political, religious and community leaders to hear their concerns about ongoing insecurity in the region. He announced the mission’s intention to establish the new base during that visit.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan, United Nations:
“Everything that you would want is here and yet it’s been destroyed by war. Seventy per cent of the population is no longer here. They are in refugee camps or displaced. That’s the real tragedy. So whatever we can do to try and support bringing Yei back to what it was, we will try and do. But it requires us to be able to have that access into the surrounding countryside and also to be able to talk to the people we need to talk to; and that mean the opposition as well as the Government-supported sides as well.”

UNMISS said a number of conditions would need to be met before the base is established. These include guaranteed access for peacekeepers to outlying areas, the cooperation of local authorities and security services, and the existence of a genuinely inclusive grassroots peace process.
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