SOUTH SUDAN / POC PEACEKEEPERS PATROL

02-Oct-2017 00:02:15
United Nations peacekeepers, police and other personnel are conducting surprise searches in areas outside the Protection of Civilians (POC) site in the capital Juba. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / POC PEACEKEEPERS PATROL
TRT: 02:15
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: JUBA ARABIC / ENGLISH

DATELINE: 02 OCTOBER 2017, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Rwandan FPU walking down dirt road outside POC
2. Wide shot, Ethiopian Peacekeepers walking down dirt road outside POC
3. Close up, Ethiopian Peacekeepers boots on dirt road
4. Wide shot, Rwandan FPU in formation on dirt road
5. SOUNDBITE (Juba Arabic) Angelina Nyapini Nyuon, Internally Displaced Person:
“There are many people who come to my place. They cut the tent and then they took my sorghum (cereal grain) especially during the time of conflict. At that time, I didn’t have anything to eat at home, the only goods I had were the sorghum that they took.”
6. Wide, Rwandan FPU detaining man
7. Close, handcuffs being removed
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Naftal Sakaria, Deputy Protection of Civilians Site Coordinator:
“It is basically young men who come here and, understandably so, if you can imagine young people sitting idling, doing nothing, who are trying to find something to do. So, you have these young men who form gangs and they will come here and sit down here. Of course, they use the valley to wash themselves and their clothes as well. As the same time, they are planning other things, other activities out of boredom and it is likely that they will be engaging in other activities. But, when you talk to them, they say we are just here to wash our clothes and ourselves.”
9. Med shot, Rwandan FPU detaining men in the bushes
10. Med shot, Rwandan FPU moving detained men
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Chuol Kanyack, Internally Displaced Person:
“Yeah it is important. It is important to look if there is something going around. It is your duty to stop these activities, even me, if I see anything, I tell you.”
12. Wide shot, Men searching the bushes for contraband
13. Med shot, FPU searching a bush
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Fernanda Santos, Police Advisor, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“Visibility is a great part of the police work so not only engaging people in awareness but also showing that we are here 24/7.”
15. Med shot, Women walking on the dirt road outside the POC with Ethiopian Peacekeeper in the background
STORYLINE
United Nations peacekeepers, police and other personnel are conducting surprise searches in areas outside the Protection of Civilians (POC) site in the capital Juba.

The 200-meter-wide Weapons Free Zone is designed to keep criminals and weapons out of the camp.

There are fears that gangs are operating in the area, following reports that women travelling outside the camp are being harassed and intimidated.

SOUNDBITE (Juba Arabic) Angelina Nyapini Nyuon, Internally Displaced Person:
“There are many people who come to my place. They cut the tent and then they took my sorghum (cereal grain) especially during the time of conflict. At that time, I didn’t have anything to eat at home, the only goods I had were the sorghum that they took.”

A number of young men were found in the area. Most cooperated but some resisted. They were briefly held, searched, and questioned.

SOUNDBITE (English) Naftal Sakaria, Deputy Protection of Civilians Site Coordinator:
“It is basically young men who come here and, understandably so, if you can imagine young people sitting idling, doing nothing, who are trying to find something to do. So, you have these young men who form gangs and they will come here and sit down here. Of course, they use the valley to wash themselves and their clothes as well. As the same time, they are planning other things, other activities out of boredom and it is likely that they will be engaging in other activities. But, when you talk to them, they say we are just here to wash our clothes and ourselves.”

While it is not a pleasant experience, the men themselves live in the nearby camp along with more than 38,000 other displaced people, and acknowledge that the search is designed to keep them and others safe.

SOUNDBITE (English) Chuol Kanyack, Internally Displaced Person:
“Yeah it is important. It is important to look if there is something going around. It is your duty to stop these activities, even me, if I see anything, I tell you.”

The UN Mine Action Service carried out an extensive search of the area, looking for weapons that could be hidden and later used against people inside the camp. Illegal structures were also dismantled.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major Fernanda Santos, Police Advisor, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“Visibility is a great part of the police work so not only engaging people in awareness but also showing that we are here 24/7.”

While no weapons were found this time, the search operation sent a strong message about the consequences of criminal activity.
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