SOUTH SUDAN / UN VOLUNTEERS

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UN volunteers work in remote and often dangerous locations across South Sudan protecting civilians and building durable peace. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UN VOLUNTEERS
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DATELINE: 05 MARCH 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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21 FEBRUARY 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, UNV and UN team walking at POC site
2. Wide shot, UNV team walking at POC site
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers:
“It’s close to impossible. I mean it’s really arduous work and yet so huge are the contributions of our selfless individuals who serve as UN volunteers. But I think our volunteers are being driven by hope, the hope that we’ve also heard from the leaders of the community. We heard the word for hope today in the South Sudanese dialect and I think that’s what unites us all. But in the case of our UN volunteers they don’t only hope, they don’t only dream, they do something 24/7 to bring peace and development to South Sudan.”
4. Various shots, meeting at POC site
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Kweku Bassaw, UN Volunteer:
“So when the forces came to capture this place, it became very tough. As a leader at that time, I had to work with the forces on the ground to protect many humanitarian staff as well as the Mission staff. In total, there were more than 500 staff which I had to work together with my people to protect these people. This was a very tough task for me at that time.”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Njoya Tikum, UNV Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa:
“He had to provide safety for them, he had to make sure they were not encroached by the war factions. This guy is a volunteer, probably not getting well paid, but sacrificing his entire time and life for the service of others who are underprivileged now you can’t beat that as a human being this is what volunteering is all about.”
7. Various shots, team Chatting
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“They are enormously Important to our work in building durable peace and protecting civilians. They UNVs occupy all sorts of different roles in our Mission from movement at the airport to our human rights to communications, to logistics – right across the board. We are very, very pleased with their contribution and very pleased UNV as an organization for being able to contribute to our Mission.”

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9. Wide shot, kids smiling
10. Wide shot, humanitarian aid
11. Med shot, medical care
12.Close Up, rifle at watch tower with IDPs in the background

STORYLINE:

UN volunteers work in remote and often dangerous locations across South Sudan protecting civilians and building durable peace.

Their efforts are crucial to the success of the UN Mission and to improving the lives of millions of South Sudanese after five years of civil war. It is an incredibly challenging job.

SOUNDBITE (English) Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers:
“It’s close to impossible. I mean it’s really arduous work and yet so huge are the contributions of our selfless individuals who serve as UN volunteers. But I think our volunteers are being driven by hope, the hope that we’ve also heard from the leaders of the community. We heard the word for hope today in the South Sudanese dialect and I think that’s what unites us all. But in the case of our UN volunteers they don’t only hope, they don’t only dream, they do something 24/7 to bring peace and development to South Sudan.”

The UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator and his colleagues travelled to South Sudan recently to see first-hand the challenges faced by volunteers in the war-torn country, like Kweku Bassaw from Ghana who helped protect hundreds of local people as well as UN staff fleeing violent clashes in 2015.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kweku Bassaw, UN Volunteer:
“So when the forces came to capture this place, it became very tough. As a leader at that time, I had to work with the forces on the ground to protect many humanitarian staff as well as the Mission staff. In total, there were more than 500 staff which I had to work together with my people to protect these people. This was a very tough task for me at that time.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Njoya Tikum, UNV Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa:
“He had to provide safety for them, he had to make sure they were not encroached by the war factions. This guy is a volunteer, probably not getting well paid, but sacrificing his entire time and life for the service of others who are underprivileged now you can’t beat that as a human being this is what volunteering is all about.”

South Sudan hosts 484 UNVs - the largest number of any Mission worldwide. The volunteers range from those starting out in their careers through to seasoned and experienced workers.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“They are enormously important to our work in building durable peace and protecting civilians. They UNVs occupy all sorts of different roles in our Mission from movement at the airport to our human rights to communications, to logistics – right across the board. We are very, very pleased with their contribution and very pleased UNV as an organization for being able to contribute to our Mission.”

The UNV team say too often it is the sad stories of South Sudan that are told when there are positive contributions being made to peace including the efforts of volunteers from around the world dedicating their time and often their lives to help others.
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