SOUTH SUDAN / LAINYA YEI PATROLS

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A peacekeeping patrol led by United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander, stops at communities along the route to hear first-hand stories about the threats they face and to better understand what the Mission can do to help deter violence. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / LAINYA YEI PATROLS
TRT: 04:31
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 08 AUGUST 2019, YEI, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, convey from Juba to Yei
2. Various shots, remnants of the attacks litter the roadside
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Emmanuel Anthony Adil, Yei Governor:
“Let them heed the call of peace, particularly the protection of the civilian population. You cannot target the civilian population who are very vulnerable, someone who goes about his or her life just to earn a living, to go to a market and you target these civilians. I think this is the most low thing an organization can do, which is to us an act of cowardice, because usually a movement that has an objective will not target civilians. However, we have agreed in the meeting with UNMISS that we will all work collectively again to restore hope so that civilians feel safe and can go about their business alongside the roads and major towns and villages in the state.”
4. Various shots, UNMINSS force commander interacting with local community
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander:
“I find that this is a land that is blessed by nature. It is bountiful with tremendous amount of potential for growth and development but sadly because of the conflict, people still continue to be miserable. The positive thing is that they are coming back. We see gradual movement back into the villages, but large number of villages still have many, many houses vacated, unoccupied. Over a period of time, we hope that we are able to build a security environment that encourages people to come back to this beautiful land to get on with their regular work and of course building their lives once again.”
6. Various shots, Lanya town
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Steward, Lainya County Commissioner:
“We are all the time receiving people back and we urge government partners, international organizations, and local organizations to come and assess the situation and come with support because this is a very critical time. We need people to feel the peace that has been signed.”
8. Various shots meeting with community leaders
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Joyce Kiden, Lainya Women’s Association Representative:
“We need this peace to prevail, especially as we women are the ones suffering, carrying children, cooking for children, we have no schools for children. We are just sitting even with no concentration – all due to war.”
10. Various shots, meeting with community leaders at Lanya
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander:
“We are confident that in the future days, peace will come, progress will happen. It is the demand of the people and UNMISS completely supports this demand and we will do everything that is possible to ensure that we provide a safe, secure environment for people to return and for peace to come.”
12. Wide shot, tracking shot

STORYLINE:

A peacekeeping patrol led by United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander, stops at communities along the route to hear first-hand stories about the threats they face and to better understand what the Mission can do to help deter violence.

The convoy of peacekeepers headed out of the United Nations compound in the early morning on their way south from Juba towards the troubled town of Yei. However, the 155-kilometre journey remains a challenge during the rainy season given the impact of heavy downpours on the mud-packed roads.

Engineers serving with the have significantly upgraded the main supply route to ensure people and goods can travel safely between the agricultural land of the Central Equatorias and communities in need.

Of more concern, is a recent surge in ambushes and the killing of civilian commuters by armed groups. The remnants of the attacks litter the roadside, including vehicles that have been looted and torched. In some cases, very little evidence of the crime remains. The local governor describes the attacks as “barbaric” and is calling for an end to the violence.

SOUNDBITE (English) Emmanuel Anthony Adil, Yei Governor:
“Let them heed the call of peace, particularly the protection of the civilian population. You cannot target the civilian population who are very vulnerable, someone who goes about his or her life just to earn a living, to go to a market and you target these civilians. I think this is the most low thing an organization can do, which is to us an act of cowardice, because usually a movement that has an objective will not target civilians. However, we have agreed in the meeting with UNMISS that we will all work collectively again to restore hope so that civilians feel safe and can go about their business alongside the roads and major towns and villages in the state.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander:
“I find that this is a land that is blessed by nature. It is bountiful with tremendous amount of potential for growth and development but sadly because of the conflict, people still continue to be miserable. The positive thing is that they are coming back. We see gradual movement back into the villages, but large number of villages still have many, many houses vacated, unoccupied. Over a period of time, we hope that we are able to build a security environment that encourages people to come back to this beautiful land to get on with their regular work and of course building their lives once again.”

The local commissioner estimates that 7,000 refugees have recently returned from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Many have come home to find their farms and tukuls looted or destroyed and are being forced to live with relatives or to rely on humanitarian aid for survival.

SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Steward, Lainya County Commissioner:
“We are all the time receiving people back and we urge government partners, international organizations, and local organizations to come and assess the situation and come with support because this is a very critical time. We need people to feel the peace that has been signed.”

While there has been a significant reduction in political violence across South Sudan since the signing of a peace deal last September, sporadic clashes have continued in the areas around Yei, causing immense suffering for the local population.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Joyce Kiden, Lainya Women’s Association Representative:
“We need this peace to prevail, especially as we women are the ones suffering, carrying children, cooking for children, we have no schools for children. We are just sitting even with no concentration – all due to war.”

A series of rapprochements have taken place across the region to encourage reconciliation and peacebuilding, including many supported by UNMISS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander:
“We are confident that in the future days, peace will come, progress will happen. It is the demand of the people and UNMISS completely supports this demand and we will do everything that is possible to ensure that we provide a safe, secure environment for people to return and for peace to come.”

If lasting peace can be secured, the people of this region will finally get the opportunity they deserve to rebuild their lives and reclaim their reputation as the once-prosperous breadbasket of South Sudan.
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