SOUTH SUDAN / SUPPLIES TRANSPORTATION

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Transporting much needed supplies for operations and troop needs has always been a herculean task for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The onset of rains in the country that lasts six to eight months makes barge transportation the most reliable and inexpensive mode of transportation. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SUPPLIES TRANSPORTATION
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 29 JULY 2019, MANGALA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, exterior Mangala Port
2. Close up, sign that reads ‘Port of Mangala’
3. Pan left, from Nile to UNMISS boats belonging to Riverine team from Bangladesh Navy
4. Various shots, navy on guard
5. Various shots, containers aboard barge
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yor Oraj, Captain of the Nile Princess Barge:
“For us we are working on the river serving people. We are even carrying stuff for WFP for helping people. If we did not work like this, there would be difficulties for our brothers on the other side. As you can see, everything is being transported from here; like this fuel is being taken to Malakal. Every job has its own importance; ours is carrying this fuel.”
7. Wide shot, exterior of barge
8. Name of barge ‘Nile Princess’
9. Various shots, captain and assistants
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yor Oraj, Captain of the Nile Princess Barge:
“We left from here and when we arrived in Tunja we had an incident – we came under fire on the barge. This incident happened at the beginning of the crisis in South Sudan. There was heavy firing, which lasted three hours. With us there was UN military who defended us – then we were airlifted up to Malakal. It was a difficult time during our journey, but that did not stop us. We spent three months in Malakal and then returned using the same route.”
11. Various shots, road trip
12. Wide shot, UNMISS convoy arriving at Mangala port
13. Various shots, Force Commander being briefed about barge
14. Wide shot, items on barge
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, Force Commander, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It’s a very economical and fastest way we can manage, considering the difficulties of the road and the weather of South Sudan. So, we have a barge that goes once a month and takes about 2000 – 2500 metric tonnes on each and every trip which includes rations as well as fuel. It takes about 10 to 12 days to reach and another 15 days to get back – a very important logistical operation for the forces so I came here with my team to have a good look and see how this complex operation is managed and to assist them in whatever way we can.”
16. Pan right, Force Commander descending stairway
17. Wide shot, Force commander being shown around barge
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, Force Commander, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Transportation by road is always difficult when you are moving south to north. The best way to travel is by water way and with the rains coming in definitely the best way to travel is on the Nile on the water-way on the barge.”
19. Various shots, meeting with County Commissioner of Mangala

STORYLINE:

Transporting much needed supplies for operations and troop needs has always been a herculean task for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which employs several modes of transportation, including land, air, and waterways.

For 15 years now, Captain Yor Oraj has been plying different boats and barges along the lengths and depths of the world’s longest river, the Nile, delivering much needed supplies along the route, either northwards or southwards.

His are lifeline missions, transporting essential supplies like fuel and food rations for various operational and humanitarian needs for both the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian agencies like the United Nations World Food Program.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yor Oraj, Captain of the Nile Princess Barge:
“For us we are working on the river serving people. We are even carrying stuff for WFP for helping people. If we did not work like this, there would be difficulties for our brothers on the other side. As you can see, everything is being transported from here; like this fuel is being taken to Malakal. Every job has its own importance; ours is carrying this fuel.”

Transporting supplies from Mangala Port, has not always been easy, as the barge plies the Nile, navigating government and opposition areas. Oraj narrates his experience during the height of conflict in 2014.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yor Oraj, Captain of the Nile Princess Barge:
“We left from here and when we arrived in Tunja we had an incident – we came under fire on the barge. This incident happened at the beginning of the crisis in South Sudan. There was heavy firing, which lasted three hours. With us there was UN military who defended us – then we were airlifted up to Malakal. It was a difficult time during our journey, but that did not stop us. We spent three months in Malakal and then returned using the same route.”

South Sudan’s September 2018’s peace agreement has meant that there are currently no problems for the barges, and even the smaller boats plying the depths of the Nile.

On the eve of a planned departure from Mangala Port, located 80 kilometres from South Sudan’s capital Juba, the UNMISS Force Commander drove the entire distance on a bad dirt road, stopping at several government-manned checkpoints, with the aim of seeing what barge transportation entails.

SOUNDBITE (English) Force Commander Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar:
“It’s a very economical and fastest way we can manage, considering the difficulties of the road and the weather of South Sudan. So, we have a barge that goes once a month and takes about 2000 – 2500 metric tonnes on each and every trip which includes rations as well as fuel. It takes about 10 to 12 days to reach and another 15 days to get back – a very important logistical operation for the forces so I came here with my team to have a good look and see how this complex operation is managed and to assist them in whatever way we can.”

The onset of rains in the country that lasts six to eight months makes barge transportation the most reliable and inexpensive mode of transportation compared to unexpectedly long road journeys which can be compromised due to bad and damaged stretches.

SOUNDBITE (English) United Nations Mission in South Sudan Force Commander, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar
“Transportation by road is always difficult when you are moving south to north. The best way to travel is by water way and with the rains coming in definitely the best way to travel is on the Nile on the water-way on the barge.”

While in Mangala, the UN Mission’s Force Commander also took time to visit the County Commissioner in the area, thanking him for ensuring the port at Mangala remained protected.
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