SOUTH SUDAN / SCHOOL PREMISES DEMILITARIZATION

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24-May-2019 00:03:11
An agreement was signed in Kodok, South Sudan, returning a school building to civilian use after being used as barracks for different armed groups during the past five years. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SCHOOL PREMISES DEMILITARIZATION
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 MAY 2019, KODOK, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Kodok secondary school
2. Wide shot, soldiers and women vacating the occupied classes
3. Wide shot, a vacated class with remnants of chickens and other things
4. Med shot, soldiers carry belongings
5. Med shot, a UN staff reading out the content of the document to be signed
6, Various shots, signing of document by Division 2 commander and Minister of Education
7. Med shot, shaking hands and exchanging the signed document
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Akol Majok, Division 2 SSPDF Commander in Upper Nile Region:
“We don’t want to do this thing in darkness because we want to tell the world, the region that we are for peace and we are vacating the school because our presence in the school here, is giving a lot of excuses even to the donors. If you talk about education, they say no, schools are being occupied by soldiers.”
9. Pan right, civil authorities and military officials
10. SOUNDBITE (English) James Lwanya, State Minister of Education:
“This day was a historical day; we have been waiting for this day since the beginning of the scholastic year. As you are aware the school was an armed barracks since 2013, depending on who was controlling the area – rebels or the government. So, now today we [have handed over] the school, and the facilities need a lot of things to be done.”
11. Med shot, UN officials witnessed and signed the document
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Orono, Chief, Child Protection Section, UNMISS:
“Our job is very simple: to plead with the national authorities, to plead with the military and work together with them to ensure that the schools are vacated; they not being used during the war; the children are not used in armed forces, they are not raped, they are not abducted.”
13. Pan right, soldier carrying belongings
14. Med shot, Mary Barnaba Deng singing a song to promote education
15. Wide shot, soldier carrying belongings
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mary Barnaba Deng Kot, Women Representative:
“I am happy today because there is rehabilitation and people returning home and now the school will reopen for the secondary education. In 1979, I was a student in this school, sat for my exams and promoted to Malakal Senior School.”
17. Wide shot, state and military officials.

STORYLINE:

An agreement was signed today (24 May) in Kodok, South Sudan, returning a school building to civilian use after being used as barracks for different armed groups during the past five years.

Instead of children, chickens, cooking stones and beds had taken over the classrooms. Not anymore, as soldiers from the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces carry their wares and vacate the school premises.

A declaration in place, officials sign the all-important document.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Akol Majok, Division 2 SSPDF Commander in Upper Nile Region:
“We don’t want to do this thing in darkness because we want to tell the world, the region that we are for peace and we are vacating the school because our presence in the school here, is giving a lot of excuses even to the donors. If you talk about education, they say no, schools are being occupied by soldiers.”

It is a big day for the children of Fashoda, as acknowledged by the area Minister of Education.

SOUNDBITE (English) James Lwanya, State Minister of Education:
“This day was a historical day; we have been waiting for this day since the beginning of the scholastic year. As you are aware the school was an armed barracks since 2013, depending on who was controlling the area – rebels or the government. So, now today we [have handed over] the school, and the facilities need a lot of things to be done.”

Witnessing for the UN were representatives of UNICEF – the UN children’s agency – and the Child Protection Unit of the UN Mission in South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Orono, Chief, Child Protection Section, UNMISS:
“Our job is very simple: to plead with the national authorities, to plead with the military and work together with them to ensure that the schools are vacated; they not being used during the war; the children are not used in armed forces, they are not raped, they are not abducted.”

It is a feat worth celebrating with a new song, as civilian spaces get demilitarized, following the signing of a peace agreement in 2018.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mary Barnaba Deng Kot, Women Representative:
“I am happy today because there is rehabilitation and people returning home and now the school will reopen for the secondary education. In 1979, I was a student in this school, sat for my exams and promoted to Malakal Senior School.”

As the country’s politicians work towards forming a transitional government, the demilitarization of civilian spaces is a crucial part of creating a conducive environment for safe, dignified voluntary returns of civilians to their homes.
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