SOUTH SUDAN / INDIAN PEACEKEEPERS CATTLE

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Five years of civil war have devastated the farming sector in South Sudan with cattle herders losing many of their stock to malnutrition and disease, but a team of Indian veterinarians, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, have stepped up to help. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / INDIAN PEACEKEEPERS CATTLE
TRT: 02:46
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH

DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2018, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Pan right, cattle camp in Malakal
2. Med shot, cows in cattle camp
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Gaurav Batra, Commander of the Indian Peacekeeping Contingent:
“Probably, you know, getting into this sphere or getting into this field, we are able to open some bridges, so you know, we have the veterinary doctors that are in close interaction with the civilian administration so it is, not only, that, you know, we are able to solve their veterinary problems, but we are able to make bridges, we are able to understand their problems, we are able to communicate more with them and understand their problems and, you know, resolve further issues.”
4. Wide shot, Indian vets in cattle camp
5. Close up, Indian vet vaccinating cattle
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Prashant Tripathi, Indian Peacekeeping Veterinarian:
“Wherever I went I was being welcomed by people. They were very happy because there was no one, no one to look after them and, and whatever little we could contribute as a veterinarian and part of UNMISS, it is beneficial for them and for the animals. So, I’m happy and satisfied with my job and I hope people, or the livestock owners in the Upper Nile are in Upper Nile State are satisfied with my work.”
7. Med shot, Indian vet and local cattle keepers wrestling with a cow
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Local Cattle Keeper:
“I thank UNMISS for the treatment given to my cows today and for the previous vaccinations they have given our animals.”
9. Wide shot, Indian vet and local cattle keepers wrestling with a cow
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Local Cattle Keeper:
“This is a good thing. The vaccinations carried out by the UNMISS peacekeepers have been going well and we believe it will continue in order to protect our cattle from some diseases.”
11. Med shot, cows in cattle camp
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Gaurav Batra, Commander of the Indian Peacekeeping Contingent:
“For us it is very easy to relate with the problems of the African nations. And, you know, we are the largest democracy in the world, so we understand the problems and the processes, whether it is political processes, whether it is development processes, as to, you know, what efforts it takes for an economy, for the governance, for the politics to develop in these regions. So, because of our interaction, because of the huge diaspora we have - we have a huge Indian population which is spread all over the African continent – So, probably that is one of the reasons, that, you know, we have historical ties, we have emotional ties with the people.”
11. Med shot, cattle keepers wrestling a cow
12. Tilt down, from Indian vet holding a drip to a cow on the ground

STORYLINE:

Five years of civil war have devastated the farming sector in South Sudan with cattle herders losing many of their stock to malnutrition and disease, but a team of Indian veterinarians, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, have stepped up to help.

Cattle are not only a valuable source of food, but in South Sudan it is also a commodity for bartering, or as a dowry for marriage, as well as for accumulation of wealth.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Gaurav Batra, Commander of the Indian Peacekeeping Contingent:
“Probably, you know, getting into this sphere or getting into this field, we are able to open some bridges, so you know, we have the veterinary doctors that are in close interaction with the civilian administration so it is, not only, that, you know, we are able to solve their veterinary problems, but we are able to make bridges, we are able to understand their problems, we are able to communicate more with them and understand their problems and, you know, resolve further issues.”

The Indian veterinarians are running a mobile clinic travelling across the Upper Nile region, including to remote and dangerous locations, to treat sick cattle and educate their owners about disease prevention.

SOUNDBITE (English) Prashant Tripathi, Indian Peacekeeping Veterinarian:
“Wherever I went I was being welcomed by people. They were very happy because there was no one, no one to look after them and, and whatever little we could contribute as a veterinarian and part of UNMISS, it is beneficial for them and for the animals. So, I’m happy and satisfied with my job and I hope people, or the livestock owners in the Upper Nile are in Upper Nile State are satisfied with my work.”

Cattle herders are grateful for the support as many of their animals are anemic, making them prone to ailments such as foot and mouth disease. Other problems include infected abscesses and fractured legs.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Local Cattle Keeper:
“This is a good thing. The vaccinations carried out by the UNMISS peacekeepers have been going well and we believe it will continue in order to protect our cattle from some diseases.”

The treat and educate clinic is funded by the Indian peacekeepers themselves and is complemented by other initiatives to create strong relationships with locals, including organizing sports events and providing engineering support such as building water tanks.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Gaurav Batra, Commander of the Indian Peacekeeping Contingent:
“For us it is very easy to relate with the problems of the African nations. And, you know, we are the largest democracy in the world, so we understand the problems and the processes, whether it is political processes, whether it is development processes, as to, you know, what efforts it takes for an economy, for the governance, for the politics to develop in these regions. So, because of our interaction, because of the huge diaspora we have - we have a huge Indian population which is spread all over the African continent – So, probably that is one of the reasons, that, you know, we have historical ties, we have emotional ties with the people.”

These ties bind together peacekeepers serving far from home with vulnerable people in desperate need of help in a united effort to build peace, prosperity and a brighter future for South Sudan.
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