SOUTH SUDAN / PUSH FOR PEACE

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Hundreds of displaced families have spent years living in the UN protection site in the South Sudanese town of Bor. During the rainy season, the water-logged camp can be a miserable place to live and it is no place for a child to grow up. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PUSH FOR PEACE
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SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / JUBA ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2019, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

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19 JUNE 2019, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Aerial shot, UNMISS Bor Protection of Civilians site
2. Wide shot, UNMISS Bor Protection of Civilians site
3. Med shot, Paul walking in Protection of Civilians site
4. SOUNDBITE (NUER) Paul Duop Lam, Protection of Civilians Site resident:
“I want to go back to my village. You can’t leave the place you have built with your money. I can see my mother. I can see my father. If as I’m sitting here, and my mother is with me, but she’s not. She is there.”
5. Med shot, ambassadors at meeting
6. Med shot, Swiss Ambassador speaking
7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Daniel Hunn, Swiss Ambassador to South Sudan:
“I think it is a very positive sign to see that people come back. So, people believe in this peace process, and if we from the international community side can do something to help build up again the infrastructure and services that are needed for this, we are certainly happy to do so.”
8. Wide shot, Jonglei State Acting Governor and UN Special Representative with ambassadors at meeting
9. Close up, Danish ambassador to South Sudan
10. Wide shot, Jonglei State Acting Governor and UN Special Representative at meeting
11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Agot Alier Leek, Deputy Governor of Jonglei State, South Sudan:
“This is actually recognition that the revitalized peace agreement that is ongoing in South Sudan is becoming real. We are very happy about that. It is a very strong message. In English they say seeing is believing. That we are visited in Bor today by the excellencies, the ambassadors, will be a very strong message to the people of the countries they are representing that peace is there in South Sudan. What South Sudan needs now is to start with the initiative of development in South Sudan and an opportunity to offer services in South Sudan so that the population that are displaced either inside the country or the region could now start to think about coming back.”
12. Wide shot, two boys walking through the Bor Protection of Civilians site
13. Med shot, man walking through Protection of Civilians site
14. Wide shot, shelters in Protection of Civilians site
15. Med shot, shelter in Protection of Civilians site

STORYLINE:

Hundreds of displaced families have spent years living in the UN protection site in the South Sudanese town of Bor. During the rainy season, the water-logged camp can be a miserable place to live and it is no place for a child to grow up.

In the wake of a new peace deal, many of these families have decided it is safe enough to go home. For others, they want to know that there are jobs and access to education and health facilities for their children before they return.

Paul Duop Lam said he wants to go back to his village, but wanted to make sure he could work and support himself and his family.

SOUNDBITE (NUER) Paul Duop Lam, Protection of Civilians Site resident:
“I want to go back to my village. You can’t leave the place you have built with your money. I can see my mother. I can see my father. If as I’m sitting here, and my mother is with me, but she’s not. She is there.”

A delegation of ambassadors, based in Ethiopia, travelled to South Sudan to get a better understanding of the political and security situation following the signing of the revitalized peace agreement. Hosted by the Swiss Embassy and supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the group from Australia, Austria, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Poland and New Zealand visited Bor to see first-hand the progress being made towards peace as well as the challenges ahead.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Daniel Hunn, Swiss Ambassador to South Sudan:
“I think it is a very positive sign to see that people come back. So, people believe in this peace process, and if we from the international community side can do something to help build up again the infrastructure and services that are needed for this, we are certainly happy to do so.”

Local authorities have been working with counterparts in neighbouring states to advance reconciliation and peace. Now that relative calm has been restored, they say it is time for investment in new infrastructure to encourage displaced families and refugees to return.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Agot Alier Leek, Deputy Governor of Jonglei State, South Sudan:
“This is actually recognition that the revitalized peace agreement that is ongoing in South Sudan is becoming real. We are very happy about that. It is a very strong message. In English they say seeing is believing. That we are visited in Bor today by the excellencies, the ambassadors, will be a very strong message to the people of the countries they are representing that peace is there in South Sudan. What South Sudan needs now is to start with the initiative of development in South Sudan and an opportunity to offer services in South Sudan so that the population that are displaced either inside the country or the region could now start to think about coming back.”

Since November, UNMISS has helped 423 people return to their homes. Earlier this month, 70 people were helicoptered from the protection site to Yuai so they could begin rebuilding their lives. As the number of those needing protection in the camp reduces, troops currently on static duties are being redeployed to create a more secure environment in the areas to which people are returning. UNMISS said this would help give more families the confidence they need to go home and live the peaceful and prosperous life they deserve.
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