SOUTH SUDAN / PANYUME YEI

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A high-level delegation led by the Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, travelled into the heart of opposition territory in the central Equatorias, the only part of the country where political violence continues despite the signing of a peace deal to end the war that has plagued South Sudan for almost six years. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PANYUME YEI
TRT: 04:06
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / JUBA ARABIC / BARI / NATS

DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2019, PANYUME / YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Aerial shot, Panyum
2. Wide shot, delegations walking
3. Various shots, under-tree meeting
4. SOUNDBITE (Juba Arabic) Major General John Mabieh Gar, Commander of Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army In-Opposition Mobile Force Division 2:
“We respected the peace and the order given by our leadership to go to our cantonments. We have gone to our cantonments but, up to today, we have nothing. The food supply and the rest of the non-food items are not there. So, what will show there is peace. We have now gathered and there is nothing so where is the peace here.”
5. Pan left, Tukul
6. Various shots, people with guns and ammunitions
7. Close up, Ismail Wais
8. Wide shot, under-tree meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ismail Wais, Special Envoy,Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD):
“War is not the option. The peace we are talking about will not come from outside. It comes from inside and from you and this is why we are here to help you come to peace with one another.”
10. Aerial shot, Yei River State
11. Various shots, meeting with women’s group
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Alice Senna Philip, Yei State Women’s Association chair:
“We are tired. We are tired. We are losing husbands, we are losing children. Where is the future for our children? We need an answer today. We are tired. Our church leaders are all tired. For how long are we going to talk about peace? Leaders are supposed to lead us, they are our shepherds and we are their flocks. Do they want to kill all of us? Do they want to kill all of us? Can they rule without us? We need an answer today.”
13. Various shots, reception at Panyume
14. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Obviously there are some challenges here, challenges with regard to the ongoing fighting, although we have seen a lull in the last little while. It’s the one area of the country where fighting still continues but we are, as the UN, want very much to push forward as much as we can with our patrolling to give people the confidence to start moving back. Yei River State was the breadbasket of South Sudan. People work hard. They produce food, not only for themselves but for the whole country, so having Yei River State normalized and people moving back and starting to farm again will be very useful.”
15. Various shots, people with guns and ammunitions

STORYLINE:

A high-level delegation led by the Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, travelled into the heart of opposition territory in the central Equatorias, the only part of the country where political violence continues despite the signing of a peace deal to end the war that has plagued South Sudan for almost six years.

The delegation, which included the Special Envoy for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ismail Wais, and the interim chair of the Reconstituted Joint Evaluation and Monitoring Commission (R-JMEC), Augostino S.K. Njoroge, gathered under the trees to hear the voices of the people.

This area was designated as a cantonment site where forces from all sides of the conflict would eventually come together to be reunified into a national army. But delays in implementing the peace deal and progressing security arrangements are causing frustration and suffering amongst the most vulnerable.

SOUNDBITE (Juba Arabic) Major General John Mabieh Gar, Commander of Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army In-Opposition Mobile Force Division 2:
“We respected the peace and the order given by our leadership to go to our cantonments. We have gone to our cantonments but, up to today, we have nothing. The food supply and the rest of the non-food items are not there. So, what will show there is peace. We have now gathered and there is nothing so where is the peace here.”

SOUNDBITE (Bari) Mama Joyce Kela, Panyume Women’s Representative:
“We do hear of peace, but we are still suffering. Even the rapes took place within this period of peace here. We have heard of peace but there are still atrocities taking place. Why is it when war breaks out, the only victims are women? We are not happy. Do the fighters fight because of women or because they are soldiers?”

The message from those leading the peace process on behalf of the region is clear – a solution can only be found within the country, not imposed from outside.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ismail Wais, Special Envoy, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD):
“Everybody is talking about peace. We want to know how you profit from this peace. We heard a lot of grievances, but these grievances are the product of war and we don’t have any alternative to peace. War is not the option. The peace we are talking about will not come from outside. It comes from inside and from you and this is why we are here to help you come to peace with one another.”

A short helicopter ride away, back in Yei, the delegation hears the views of women in Government-held territory. While they are on the other side of the political divide, their concerns are shared with their opposition counterparts in back in the bush.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alice Senna Philip, Yei State Women’s Association chair:
“We are tired. We are tired. We are losing husbands, we are losing children. Where is the future for our children? We need an answer today. We are tired. Our church leaders are all tired. For how long are we going to talk about peace? Leaders are supposed to lead us, they are our shepherds and we are their flocks. Do they want to kill all of us? Do they want to kill all of us? Can they rule without us? We need an answer today.”

Amongst the people of this war-torn country, there is a huge appetite for peace. A new transitional Government is supposed to be formed on 12 May, but several issues critical to the success of the peace deal remain unresolved.

The lack of progress is causing frustration and even fear among communities.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Obviously there are some challenges here, challenges with regard to the ongoing fighting, although we have seen a lull in the last little while. It’s the one area of the country where fighting still continues but we are, as the UN, want very much to push forward as much as we can with our patrolling to give people the confidence to start moving back. Yei River State was the breadbasket of South Sudan. People work hard. They produce food, not only for themselves but for the whole country, so having Yei River State normalized and people moving back and starting to farm again will be very useful.”

The peace brokers say they have heard the concerns of the people and will take them directly to the country’s leaders, urging them to do whatever it takes to end the suffering and secure the peace that South Sudan deserves.
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