SOUTH SUDAN / NEPALESE FEMALE PEACEKEEPERS

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12-Feb-2019 00:03:15
Women of courage across the world have taken on the battle to change the belief that combat duty is a man’s field. Mina Thapa, a military peacekeeper from Nepal serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), is challenging other women across the world to believe in themselves and their abilities. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / NEPALESE FEMALE PEACEKEEPERS
TRT: 3:15
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 8 FEBRUARY 2019, RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN

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8 FEBRUARY 2019, RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, female peacekeepers disassembling and assembling their weapons
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“My father was also in the military, so, I got inspiration from my dad. I also saw the army’s work in society, nationally and internationally.”
3. Wide shot, Vehicles coming to a stop and female soldiers in a drill descending from vehicles
4. Various shots, troops taking position in drills
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Training was very tough and very hard at the initial stages of my career, but I was able to complete tough training with morale and motivation along with my friends.”
6. Med shot, female peacekeepers
7. Close up, Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa
8. Tilt up, from hands holding gun to face of peacekeeper
9. Med shot, female peacekeepers
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I was very happy because my organization selected me for the UN Mission. I know there are some challenges, but I am very happy; this was my childhood aim, to serve on a protection duty and work humanity.”
11. Wide shot, Patrol vehicles driving into base
12. Various shots, female soldier on top of armoured vehicle
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“As a lady soldier I take this as an opportunity. I can explore myself as a woman peacekeeper in this conflicted zone. I am totally enjoying my job. I feel happy.”
14. Various shots, troops on watch
15. Wide shot, female soldiers descending from watchtower
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Military job itself is a sacrifice. By being a military personnel, to reach the aim we have to sacrifice something. So, I think all human beings are my family. So, it gives me courage to perform my duties and responsibilities.”
17. Various shots, troops protecting entrance to UNMISS base

STORYLINE:

These blue helmets from Nepal are not your ordinary female peacekeepers: they are role models for many at home and others across the world. They are showing by example that they, too, can work in a field thought by many as a male domain.

The accuracy and speed with which they dismantle and re-assemble their weapons is an indication that they have mastered their trade.

Among the eight female blue helmets working for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan is Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa who has been serving in South Sudan as part of a male dominated battalion in Rumbek.

As a child she often wondered if women could be recruited into the military. She is now living her dream in South Sudan after years of watching her father in the same trade.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“My father was also in the military, so, I got inspiration from my dad. I also saw the army’s work in society, nationally and internationally.”

These women are real foot soldiers, and to stay in shape, they often have to conduct drills in various areas in which they work.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Training was very tough and very hard at the initial stages of my career, but I was able to complete tough training with morale and motivation along with my friends.”

Her efforts are now paying off, and for this she is proud, despite the challenges that come with the terrain she has to work in.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I was very happy because my organization selected me for the UN Mission. I know there are some challenges, but I am very happy; this was my childhood aim, to serve on a protection duty and work humanity.”

Lieutenant Corporal Thapa’s work includes guarding short and long duration patrols – an exerting task that requires many hours on the road, away from the comforts of her basic camp accommodation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“As a lady soldier I take this as an opportunity. I can explore myself as a woman peacekeeper in this conflicted zone. I am totally enjoying my job. I feel happy.”

She and others also rotate between watchtower and guard duties, ensuring the compound she is guarding is never compromised.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Corporal Mina Thapa, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Military job itself is a sacrifice. By being a military personnel, to reach the aim we have to sacrifice something. So, I think all human beings are my family. So, it gives me courage to perform my duties and responsibilities.”

As she works away from home, she harbours mixed feelings that her year-long stint will end. In a few days, she will have to return home to join both her husband and child, who have endured her absence to allow her to work continents away from home, on what is a dream assignment for her.
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