SOUTH SUDAN / PEACE DAY

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The political leaders of war-torn South Sudan came together in song and dance with the country’s future leaders at a special event in the capital Juba to celebrate the International Day of Peace. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PEACE DAY
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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DATELINE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, guests dancing with a local singer
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Monica Amakou Mayak, Student:
“Peace is what we all need. Peace is what everyone is seeking. In the whole universe, everyone wants peace and, when you have peace, everything is settled around you. It is life itself, to have peace.”
3. Med shot, Hon. Micheal Makuei, Minister for Information and Telecommunication
4. Wide Shot, Students from across Juba
5. Med Shot, Students from across Juba
6. SOUNDBITE (English) hon. Michael Makuei, Government Representative on the National Pre-Transitional Committee:
“We are continuing with the implementation and the article will be established on the 12th of November. There are no more extensions. So, to those doubting Thomas’, those who do not believe that we mean it, they will see it and seeing will be believing.”
7. Cutaway, audience
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Eugene Nindorera, Human Rights Director, UNMISS: “While progress certainly is being made, the peace process remains precarious. Maintaining momentum is key. And that depends very much on the continuing goodwill of all of you – the parties to the agreement – as well as the collective and unrelenting focus of your international friends, including UNMISS.
9. Wide shot, guests and students
10. SOUNDBITE (English) hon. Peter Mayen, Chair of Other Political Parties in South Sudan:
“You have a responsibility as your own generation to say today we don’t want to be a generation of war anymore. We are going to be a generation of peace.”
11. Various shot, dancing

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12. Various shots, Internally Displaced People in Aburoc
13. Med shot, humanitarian supply for Internally Displaced People at Rimenze
14. Med shot, temporary health service
15. Pan right, IO soldiers at Yei cantonment

STORYLINE:

The political leaders of war-torn South Sudan came together in song and dance with the country’s future leaders at a special event in the capital Juba to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

The event was a rare opportunity for hundreds of students to have face time with representatives of the political parties charged with implementing the peace deal signed a year ago.

SOUNDBITE (English) Monica Amakou Mayak, Student:
“Peace is what we all need. Peace is what everyone is seeking. In the whole universe, everyone wants peace and, when you have peace, everything is settled around you. It is life itself, to have peace.”

Peace Day is observed around the world every year to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples. Organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the event in capital Juba was a timely opportunity to bring together all political leaders as they work to meet a November 12 deadline for forming a new united transitional government.

SOUNDBITE (English) hon. Michael Makuei, Government Representative on the National Pre-Transitional Committee:
“We are continuing with the implementation and the article will be established on the 12th of November. There are no more extensions. So, to those doubting Thomas’, those who do not believe that we mean it, they will see it and seeing will be believing.”

The peace deal has had a positive impact so far. The ceasefire is largely continuing to hold, except for sporadic clashes in the south. Food security has improved slightly and humanitarian access to those in need has been enhanced. Approximately, 594,000 displaced people have returned to their homes.
However, there are still many challenges to be overcome. Millions continue to suffer from a lack of food, education and healthcare. A number of key issues in the peace agreement also remain unresolved, including the reunification of security forces and decisions on states and boundaries.

SOUNDBITE (English) Eugene Nindorera, Human Rights Director, UNMISS: “While progress certainly is being made, the peace process remains precarious. Maintaining momentum is key. And that depends very much on the continuing goodwill of all of you – the parties to the agreement – as well as the collective and unrelenting focus of your international friends, including UNMISS.

The parties acknowledge their responsibility to lead the process to fully implement the agreement but also called on the country’s youth to be ambassadors for peace in their homes, universities and communities.

SOUNDBITE (English) hon. Peter Mayen, Chair of Other Political Parties in South Sudan:
“You have a responsibility as your own generation to say today we don’t want to be a generation of war anymore. We are going to be a generation of peace.”

A generation that is desperately hoping for a brighter future, not only for themselves, but for future generations to come.
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