SOUTH SUDAN / POC CULTURAL FESTIVAL

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At a special cultural event in the Juba protection site held on Saturday 16 February, thousands of displaced families came together with UN personnel tasked with protecting them to celebrate the peace agreement signed last year and to make a joint commitment to work together to implement it. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / POC CULTURAL FESTIVAL
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 18 FEBRUARY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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16 FEBRUARY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, Protection of Civilians Site (POC)

07 SEPTEMBER 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

2. Aerial shot, POC Site and UN base

16 FEBRUARY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mutasem Aljadid Almajali, Deputy Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“POCs are a last resort. They are not a good long-term solution. They are certainly not the best place for children to grow up if we want them to reach their full potential. There is no doubt that families would prefer to be living in their own homes and communities.”
4. Various shots, Cultural festival
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mutasem Aljadid Almajali, Deputy Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“We know that progress to implement the peace agreement has been slow. The peace agreement is not perfect. No peace agreement ever is. But it is the one that we have in front of us today and we are not going to get another chance at this. The cost of failure is unthinkable. So, the responsibility lies with all of us to ensure that we move forward together to make this agreement a reality.”
6. Various shots, Cultural festival
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mutasem Aljadid Almajali, Deputy Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“As the demand to return increases, we need to ensure that people have the services and support they need within their communities – schools, healthcare, access to clean water, the ability to grow and harvest crops and to support themselves. UNMISS is working closely with donor countries and humanitarian partners to provide support packages to enable people to return.”
8. Various shots, Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

STORYLINE:

A sea of white tents that is spreading as far as the eye can see is home to thousands of families displaced by the war that has plagued South Sudan for more than five years.

After the fighting between warring parties escalated in December 2013, the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) opened the gates of its compounds to these people as they fled the violence, thus creating Protection of Civilians sites next to bases around the country. Many lives have been saved as a result, but the POCs are not an ideal place to raise a family.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mutasem Aljadid Almajali, Deputy Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“POCs are a last resort. They are not a good long-term solution. They are certainly not the best place for children to grow up if we want them to reach their full potential. There is no doubt that families would prefer to be living in their own homes and communities.”

At a special cultural event in the Juba protection site held on Saturday 16 February, thousands of displaced families came together with UN personnel tasked with protecting them to celebrate the peace agreement signed last year and to make a joint commitment to work together to implement it.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mutasem Aljadid Almajali, Deputy Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“We know that progress to implement the peace agreement has been slow. The peace agreement is not perfect. No peace agreement ever is. But it is the one that we have in front of us today and we are not going to get another chance at this. The cost of failure is unthinkable. So, the responsibility lies with all of us to ensure that we move forward together to make this agreement a reality.”

Many are feeling more confident about moving home as security improves although there is still sporadic violence in the south of the country. The number of people in UN protection sites has dropped from 205,000 to 193,000 in just a few months. The decision to leave is voluntary, though, and must be made only when people have the trust and confidence to go home.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mutasem Aljadid Almajali, Deputy Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“As the demand to return increases, we need to ensure that people have the services and support they need within their communities – schools, healthcare, access to clean water, the ability to grow and harvest crops and to support themselves. UNMISS is working closely with donor countries and humanitarian partners to provide support packages to enable people to return.”

There is still a long journey ahead for many of these people. But the hope is that, one day soon, they will no longer need to live in a protection site to feel safe. Instead, they’ll be celebrating their return home.
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