SOUTH SUDAN / LOBONOK PATROL

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17-May-2019 00:03:36
A United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s team visited a remote community of Lobonok in the Equatorias, to provide a protective presence and to investigate human rights abuses inflicted on local residents. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / LOBONOK PATROL
TRT: 03:36
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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17 MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, Lobonok county
2. Various shots, UNMISS team meeting local community at Lobonok
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lobonok Resident:
“I am suffering as a woman. All of us are not happy because one of our grandmothers has been raped by two young men. This makes me cry because our grandmothers are suffering. One is dead due to what has happened.”
4. Various shots, woman walking
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karpeto Chief, Laku Simon:
“All our properties were taken by the army saying they came here to protect us but now it is the opposite. They have destroyed the village, now the whole place is empty and the remaining few people are here because of me, otherwise they would have gone.”
6. Various shots, UNMISS Human Rights team meeting local community
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Annie Rashidi-Mulumba, UNMISS human rights officer:
“Overall, even humanitarians are coming back, so there is some rebuilding of confidence among the civilians to their local population so there is more life as you can see now. You can see people moving around freely, women on the streets and children, and the shops are opening which are good signs for Lobonok, compared to the situation in February where most people were displaced due to the disturbing situation in the area.”
8. Various shots, UNMISS Human Rights team meeting local community
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karpeto Chief, Laku Simon:
“With the regular presence of UNMISS, here things have changed. The army that used to be here have pulled back and we are now resting a bit and the remaining people are planning to cultivate given the rain is coming.”
10. Various shots, Farm in Lobonk

STORYLINE:

A United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s team visited a remote community of Lobonok in the Equatorias, to provide a protective presence and to investigate human rights abuses inflicted on local residents.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lobonok Resident:
“I am suffering as a woman. All of us are not happy because one of our grandmothers has been raped by two young men. This makes me cry because our grandmothers are suffering. One is dead due to what has happened.”

The signing of a peace deal has resulted in a significant reduction in political violence around the country. However, sporadic clashes continue to plague areas in the south of the country. Locals in Lobonok point to an incident involving armed forces in December, who looted properties and committed sexual offences.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Laku Simon, Karpeto Chief:
“All our properties were taken by the army saying they came here to protect us but now it is the opposite. They have destroyed the village, now the whole place is empty and the remaining few people are here because of me, otherwise they would have gone.”

The situation in the area is currently calm and those who fled last year are beginning to return to check out the security situation and to plant crops.

SOUNDBITE (English) Annie Rashidi-Mulumba, UNMISS human rights officer:
“Overall, even humanitarians are coming back, so there is some rebuilding of confidence among the civilians to their local population so there is more life as you can see now. You can see people moving around freely, women on the streets and children, and the shops are opening which are good signs for
Lobonok, compared to the situation in February where most people were displaced due to the disturbing situation in the area.”

The patrol team met with local authorities, civil society and spoke to women about their experience. Their visit was welcomed by the local chief.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karpeto Chief, Laku Simon:
“With the regular presence of UNMISS, here things have changed. The army that used to be here have pulled back and we are now resting a bit and the remaining people are planning to cultivate given the rain is coming.”

The hope is that the return of the farmers and their families will enable this area to restore its reputation as the breadbasket of South Sudan, providing much-needed food to its own people as well as communities across the country.
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