SOUTH SUDAN / UNMAS KURUKI

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21-Aug-2019 00:02:22
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in South Sudan on Tuesday destroyed a pile of unexploded ordnance discovered some 40 kilometres away from the capital, Juba. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / KURUKI UNMAS
TRT: 02:22
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 20 AUGUST 2019, KURUKI, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various Shots, driving to Kuruki
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Stephen Ladu, Local Resident:
“I found these things here and women had been collecting water from the same site. And the dry season is approaching. So, I thought these things will cause harm, and I decided to show the deminers.”
3. Various shots, unexploded ordnance
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) George Murunda, Team Supervisor, UNMAS Subcontractor:
“We asked the villagers if there is any impact of unexploded ordnance within the village, and they said yes. And then from there, we said ok, you said yes. Where are they? And then they came down here with us and showed us these 6 by 106mm rounds, which were unfused.”
5. Various shots, digging hole for demolition.
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Suzan Kiden, Deminer:
“I work with energy because I want to save the lives of my people in my own country. We lost a lot of people during the war; we don’t want to lose more people. Those remnants of war are very dangerous enemies to our life. They don’t care whether you are big or small; they don’t talk. If you step on it, you’re gone. Sometimes kids can play with it, and they can die, so that’s why for me I feel proud digging because the moment you find these items, you have to destroy them.”
7. Various shots, unexploded ordnance and demolition.
8. SOUNDBITES: (Arabic) Santino Ladu, Chief of Kuruki
“We used to cultivate around this area along the river bank, even those making charcoal, but we didn’t know that these items were there. Since it has been identified and exploded, we are very happy now.”
9. Wide shot, demolition area

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in South Sudan on Tuesday (20 Aug) destroyed a pile of unexploded ordnance discovered some 40 kilometres away from the capital, Juba.

After receiving information of unexploded ordnance, this United Nations Mine Action team immediately travelled to Kuruki as part of the effort by UNMAS to help communities return home and create a safe environment.

Stephen Ladu, the local resident who alerted the team to the ordnance, said he is concerned about the well being of children and women in the area. He said, “I found these things here and women had been collecting water from the same site. And the dry season is approaching. So, I thought these things will cause harm, and I decided to show the deminers.”

After locating the unexploded ordnance, the UNMAS team began the demolition process under the supervision of George Murunda, who has been working in demining for the past 25 years, and has even lost his right hand on job.

Energetic and passionate about her job, Suzan Kiden was among those digging the demolition hole. Confident that her work saves lives, she expressed hope to see her country free from landmines and unexploded ordnance. She said, “I work with energy because I want to save the lives of my people in my own country. We lost a lot of people during the war; we don’t want to lose more people. Those remnants of war are very dangerous enemies to our life.”
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