SOUTH SUDAN / CHILD SOLDIERS RELEASED

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10-Aug-2018 00:03:52
Nearly 130 children were released from the armed forces this week, in South Sudan’s area of Yambio. It is the fourth time juveniles who had been recruited into the armed forces are being freed this year to rejoin their families and restart their lives as children. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / CHILD SOLDIERS RELEASED
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 07 AUGUST 2018, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, cyclists and children walking in Asanza road
2. Wide shot, maize and rice farm
3. Med shot, maize and rice
4. Wide shot, child soldiers paraded
5. Close up, hand holding gun
6. SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Gloria Mborikino Bati, Child Newly-released From Armed Forces:
“We were on the farm in Asanza when we were captured. I was captured with this boy. Some people who were captured together with us are still there [in the bush]. Our work there was to fetch water, cook food and wash clothes, we were forced to go and capture more people and bring them.”
7. Wide shot, child soldiers laying down and surrender their guns
8. Wide shot, SPLA army officer removing a cap from a child soldier
9. Med shot, SPLA soldier removing dress from a child soldier
10. Wide shot, child soldiers being released and in non-army uniform
11. Med shot, a released female child sol dier receiving pens and books from official
12. Med shot, a released male child soldier receiving pens and books from army officer
13. Close up, pens and books
14. Wide shot, the released child soldiers receiving more packages
15. Wide shot, officials seated
16. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Edward Hiiboro Kussala Bishop of Yambio and Tombura:
“Together with my brothers we engaged these groups in the bush (armed groups) and with collaboration of UNMISS, the UN partners here in Yambio and the Government we were able to bring out many of the young men in the bush and as we were going to the bush we were able to see children with them and we would tell them this is not a place for children”.
17. Wide shot, women and children seated
18. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF representative in South Sudan
“These children like all children in South Sudan need safety, protection and opportunities. UNICEF’s priority is for children to be reunited with their families to reduce psychological suffering for their psycho-social wellbeing, and to be given access to education. We want these children to see a promising future.”
19. Med shot, officials seated
20. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Alfred Orono Orono, UNMISS Child Protection Officer:
“It’s incumbent upon all of us to work together to ensure that children are not used as soldiers and their future is preserved. What we are doing here is preserving the future of South Sudan as a Country.”
21. Med shot, organized forces
22. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) General Chaplain Khamis Edward Ministry of Defense/ SPLA HQs:
“South Sudan is part of the interna tional laws. That is why we need to observe the rights of children in South Sudan by removing any child who had gone to any forces or armed groups or forces to be taken out, so we indicate that we are really part of the international community.”
23. Med shot, officials seated
24.Wide shot, children singing and dancing for children’s rights
25. Wide shot, children singing and dancing for children’s rights

STORYLINE:

Nearly 130 children were released from the armed forces this week, in South Sudan’s area of Yambio. It is the fourth time juveniles who had been recruited into the armed forces are being freed this year to rejoin their families and restart their lives as children.

SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Gloria Mborikino Bati, Child Newly-released From Armed Forces:
“We were on the farm in Asanza when we were captured. I was captured with this boy. Some people who were captured together with us are still there [in the bush]. Our work there was to fetch water, cook food and wash clothes, we were forced to go and capture more people and bring them.”

A ceremony for their return was organized by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the UN children’s agency (UNICEF) and partners.

After being set free from the armed forces, the children now can carry books instead of guns, and wear civilian clothes instead of military fatigues.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Edward Hiiboro Kussala Bishop of Yambio and Tombura:
“Together with my brothers we engaged these groups in the bush (armed groups) and with collaboration of UNMISS, the UN partners here in Yambio and the Government we were able to bring out many of the young men in the bush and as we were going to the bush we were able to see children with them and we would tell them this is not a place for children”.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF representative in South Sudan:
“These children like all children in South Sudan need safety, protection and opportunities. UNICEF’s priority is for children to be reunited with their families to reduce psychological suffering for their psycho-social wellbeing, and to be given access to education. We want these children to see a promising future.”

The Child Protection Unit of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) also helped with the returning of the children.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Alfred Orono Orono, UNMISS Child Protection Officer:
“It’s incumbent upon all of us to work together to ensure that children are not used as soldiers and their future is preserved. What we are doing here is preserving the future of South Sudan as a Country.”

The South Sudanese national army has vowed to free all children from its ranks.

SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) General Chaplain Khamis Edward Ministry of Defense/ SPLA HQs.
“South Sudan is part of the international laws. That is why we need to observe the rights of children in South Sudan by removing any child who had gone to any forces or armed groups or forces to be taken out so we indicate that we are really part of the international community.”
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