SOUTH SUDAN / UK ENGINEERS

01-Dec-2017 00:02:28
The United Kingdom (UK) engineering contingent serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were honored with a medal parade ceremony for their work helping build a safe and peaceful environment for internally displaced persons (IDPs.) UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UK ENGINEERS
TRT: 02:28
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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28 NOVEMBER 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Aerial shot, Malakal
2. Aerial shot, Malakal POC site

02 AUGUST 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

3. Med Shot, UK camp

03 OCTOBER 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

4. Wide shot, IDP at POC site

28 NOVEMBER 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

5. Wide shot, IDP watching the ceremony
6. Med shot, IDP watching the ceremony
7. Med shot, chief guest
8. Med shot, guests
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Gary Waterfall, Joint Operations Chief of Staff, United Kingdom:
“We all know that UNMISS is a worthy Mission. In a country that has seen so much tragedy when tens of thousands have lost their lives, I am proud that the United Kingdom is doing its bit to enable the Mission to protect hundreds and thousands of civilians and help build a durable peace in South Sudan.”
10. Tracking shot, Medal recipients

02 AUGUST 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

11. Full shot, UK engineers at work

04 OCTOBER 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Wide shot, UK engineers at work
13. Full shot, UK engineers at work
14. Wide shot, UK engineers at work

28 NOVEMBER 2017, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant George Gibson, Engineering Peacekeeper, United Kingdom:
“Probably the biggest highlight was us working on the jetty which brings all the supplies to feed the camp. So, we were really proud to have completed work there. In addition to that we have completed extremely important drainage works all the way round the camp which is not so important in the dry season but in the wet season when the water sort of sits it attracts all sort of disease and insects so actually it’s crucially important to get that done. So not the most of glamourous of jobs but hopefully we have made a big improvement to the people that live here.”
16. Zoom out, awarding medal
17. Wide shot, awarding medal
18. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“I want to recognize the commendable efforts here on your parade and honour your dedication and your service to South Sudan. You proudly represent the UK’s contribution to our mission. I think you can wear those medals with pride and know that you have contributed to your country’s contribution to us all here.”
19. Wide shot, UK Engineers
20. Med shot, pinning medals
21. Zoom out, Posing for group photograph
STORYLINE
The United Kingdom (UK) engineering contingent serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were honored with a medal parade ceremony for their work helping build a safe and peaceful environment for internally displaced persons (IDPs.)

Surrounded by vast amounts of land abandoned by civilians who fled their homes because of fighting, the UK contingent camp is located inside the UNMISS base in Malakal, and bordered by the UN Protection of Civilians (POC) site where civilians have sought refuge.

A few of these residents stood on the hilltops across the barbed wire and looked on as the ceremony got underway

SOUNDBITE (English) Gary Waterfall, Joint Operations Chief of Staff, United Kingdom:
“We all know that UNMISS is a worthy Mission. In a country that has seen so much tragedy when tens of thousands have lost their lives, I am proud that the United Kingdom is doing its bit to enable the Mission to protect hundreds and thousands of civilians and help build a durable peace in South Sudan.”

The 100 engineers have served in Malakal and Bentiu, in the north of the country, since July and they will end their tour of duty in two months’ time.

Despite challenges caused by war and weather, the troops have carried out significant infrastructural work vital to the mission, including camp construction, building drainage systems and perimeter security structures as well as helicopter landing sites.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant George Gibson, Engineering Peacekeeper, United Kingdom:
“Probably the biggest highlight was us working on the jetty which brings all the supplies to feed the camp. So, we were really proud to have completed work there. In addition to that we have completed extremely important drainage works all the way round the camp which is not so important in the dry season but in the wet season when the water sort of sits it attracts all sort of disease and insects so actually it’s crucially important to get that done. So not the most of glamourous of jobs but hopefully we have made a big improvement to the people that live here.”

The head of UNMISS awarded the UN Peacekeeping medals to the troops, including their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“I want to recognize the commendable efforts here on your parade and honour your dedication and your service to South Sudan. You proudly represent the UK’s contribution to our mission. I think you can wear those medals with pride and know that you have contributed to your country’s contribution to us all here.”

The United Kingdom has nearly 700 uniformed personnel deployed within UN missions across the world. Its contribution to UNMISS is its largest with nearly 400 troops, including 41 female personnel, serving in Juba, Bentiu and Malakal.

The UK has recently announced that it will extend its commitment in South Sudan until 2020.
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