SOUTH SUDAN / YEI DISPLACED

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Hundreds of internally displaced persons in South Sudan’s Yei area continue to endure days of destitution, having fled their homes due to sporadic clashes in the area, according to a recent UN mission patrol assessment about the humanitarian situation in the area. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YEI DISPLACED
TRT: 03:28
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / KAKWA / NAT

DATELINE: 13 FEBRUARY 2019, YEI SOUTH SUDAN / 25 MARCH 2019, YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

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25 MARCH 2019, YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, Internally displaced persons in Yei
2. SOUNDBITE (Kakwa) Tumalu Rose, Internally Displaced Person:
“I found myself running without children; without clothes, without anything. I rushed into the bushes until my legs were injured. Since there was nothing to eat in the bush, we decided to proceed to Yei.”
3.Various Shots, internally displaced persons
4. SOUNDBITE(Kakwa) Tumalu Rose, Internally Displaced Person:
“Now I don’t know how to protect the children; they have been running around the bushes and I don’t know what might happen to them. With whom were they running? Who will go and bring my children? I have been crying all these days within my heart for the sake of my small children. I even don’t think about myself but my children. I am just left here without any cash and don’t know to pay school fees for the remaining two children. I don’t have a house here – where will I go? I’m even in need food, but who will give [it to me]?”
5. Various Shots, internally displaced persons
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Hilary Luate Adeba:
“Forcing people to leave their homes and burn their food, burn their shelters, and loot everything. Literally everything is looted from our people including livestock. What is happening in Yei … we don’t understand what the agenda for Yei. We don’t know. This is what we can say we are not feeling well we are feeling like we are abandoned. The world said they have not forgotten us, but they have forgotten us because what is happening in the villages is very appalling, so I am calling on those people – those armed groups – please have restraint, for the people of Yei, because we have suffered a lot. This crisis is causing us tremendous pain.”

13 FEBRUARY 2019, YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

7. Various shots, UNMISS military patrol

25 MARCH 2019, YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Arthur Beingana, Human Rights Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“From our UNMISS side we have continued with our effective monitoring [of] the situation, interacting and assessing the conditions they are living in, to bring it to the attention of other actors that we work together [with]. And also we have been emphasizing on conducting patrols to the areas that are mostly affected.”
9. Various shots, Internally displaced persons

STORYLINE:

Hundreds of internally displaced persons in South Sudan’s Yei area continue to endure days of destitution, having fled their homes due to sporadic clashes in the area.

Hungry and thirsty after running and walking for up to 11 miles, women, children and the elderly arrived and pitched camp at the Episcopal Church in Yei town, where a UN mission patrol arrived recently to assess the humanitarian situation.

They ran for their lives when men in uniform descended on their villages of Logo and Pisak.

Now internally displaced, they wait here, hoping for help to come their way.

This 39-year-old mother of four from Pisak village, has the distressing tale of how she ended up here.

SOUNDBITE (Kakwa) Tumalu Rose, Internally Displaced Person:
“I found myself running without children; without clothes, without anything. I rushed into the bushes until my legs were injured. Since there was nothing to eat in the bush, we decided to proceed to Yei.”

Tumalu eventually found two of her children, but the continued absence of the other two has left her in constant distress.

SOUNDBITE (Kakwa) Tumalu Rose, Internally Displaced Person:
“Now I don’t know how to protect the children; they have been running around the bushes and I don’t know what might happen to them. With whom were they running? Who will go and bring my children? I have been crying all these days within my heart for the sake of my small children. I even don’t think about myself but my children. I am just left here without any cash and don’t know how to pay school fees for the remaining two children. I don’t have a house here – where will I go? I’m even in need food, but who will give [it to me]?”

It is the tale of pain that these freshly displaced people find themselves in, yet again, months after a new peace agreement was signed to end their country’s protracted conflict.

The conflict has all but moved to their doorstep.

Bishop Hilary Luate says he almost shed tears when he saw them arriving at the church compound, hungry and dehydrated. He is now making appeal to the armed forces.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Hilary Luate Adeba:
“Forcing people to leave their homes and burn their food, burn their shelters, and loot everything. Literally everything is looted from our people including livestock. What is happening in Yei … we don’t understand what the agenda for Yei. We don’t know. This is what we can say we are not feeling well we are feeling like we are abandoned. The world said they have not forgotten us, but they have forgotten us because what is happening in the villages is very appalling, so I am calling on those people – those armed groups – please have restraint, for the people of Yei, because we have suffered a lot. This crisis is causing us tremendous pain.”

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has intensified patrols, both within Yei town and to areas worst affected by the displacement, to assess the humanitarian and human rights situation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Arthur Beingana, Human Rights Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“From our UNMISS side we have continued with our effective monitoring [of] the situation, interacting and assessing the conditions they are living in, to bring it to the attention of other actors that we work together [with]. And also we have been emphasizing on conducting patrols to the areas that are mostly affected.”

These residents of Yei have experienced displacement three times in under a year.

Their hopes were hinged to a revitalized peace agreement, signed in September last year, but that has not brought them the reprieve they so badly need, as some dissatisfied opposition groups did not sign it, hence the current conflict in the Yei area.

Even with that, the implementation of the signed agreement itself is slow, with major steps yet to be undertaken ahead of the end of the pre-transitional period in May.
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