SOUTH SUDAN / LI RANGU VISIT

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A joint team from the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) visited the opposition-controlled area of Li Rangu in South Sudan’s Equatoria region, where they met with opposition military commanders. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / LI RANGU VISIT
TRT: 2:43
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC /NATS
DATELINE: 18 OCTOBER 2019, LI RANGU, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, UN Assessment team meeting with SPLM/A IO soldiers
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lt. General Alfred Futiyo, SPLM/A IO Sector Commander Western Equatoria.
“We are the people who live in the bush. Now, after the peace deal is signed, we don’t have to remain here in bush. They are asking for more time, but we are not extending. I could command all the forces in Yambio’s garrison to stay here, to be easy for them to send us food and everything that we need. But we also want to go to the city. Why should we be left in the bush for such a long time, and why the peace agreement hasn’t implemented yet? Why? That doesn’t make any sense. This is my message to IGAD, the UN and to whom it may concern. This message should go everywhere because we need peace. They shouldn’t extend the time before implementing the peace agreement."
3. Various shots, Assessment team walking around and SPLM/A IO soldiers
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Geoffrey Omon, Political Affairs Officer, UNMISS:
“We are continuing closely to monitor the situation, and we express to thank the need for the protection of civilians. Specially in this area where the civilians live together with the military in their control area. Now for the civilians who are here, we continue to urge the commanders to respect them, to tread them humanly and not to conduct any activity that would violate them.”
5. Various shots, women in a workshop on gender awareness
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnita Tien, Li Rangu Resident
“We need peace we don’t want war we don’t want to go back to war because this war has cause destructions to us specially we women are the one suffering if you could see the time of war you see a woman will carry a child back carry lounges on the head infect this war really affect us women”
7. Wide shot, women singing.

STORYLINE:

A joint team from the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) visited the opposition-controlled area of Li Rangu in South Sudan’s Equatoria region, where they met with opposition military commanders.

A meeting in Li-Rangu, and a discussion focused on protection of civilians and implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed in Addis Ababa, in September last year.

The members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – in Opposition (SPLA-iO) said they are disappointed that South Sudan’s political leaders are not working hard enough for peace.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lt. General Alfred Futiyo, SPLM/A IO Sector Commander Western Equatoria.
“We are the people who live in the bush. Now, after the peace deal is signed, we don’t have to remain here in bush. They are asking for more time, but we are not extending. I could command all the forces in Yambio’s garrison to stay here, to be easy for them to send us food and everything that we need. But we also want to go to the city. Why should we be left in the bush for such a long time, and why the peace agreement hasn’t implemented yet? Why? That doesn’t make any sense. This is my message to IGAD, the UN and to whom it may concern. This message should go everywhere because we need peace. They shouldn’t extend the time before implementing the peace agreement."

Commander Futiyo also called for the unifying of all the forces in South Sudan – which is part of the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement.

The UNMISS’ political affairs officer in Yambio said the priority of the mission to Li Rangu was protection of civilians.

SOUNDBITE (English) Geoffrey Omon, Political Affairs Officer, UNMISS:
“We are continuing closely to monitor the situation, and we express to thank the need for the protection of civilians. Specially in this area where the civilians live together with the military in their control area. Now for the civilians who are here, we continue to urge the commanders to respect them, to tread them humanly and not to conduct any activity that would violate them.”

The UNMISS Gender Affairs Unit organized a one-day workshop for over 100 women, sensitizing them on Chapter 4 of the revitalized peace agreement, which guarantees 35% of women’s representation in leadership positions.

SOUNDBITE (English) Johnita Tien, Li Rangu Resident
“We need peace we don’t want war we don’t want to go back to war because this war has cause destructions to us specially we women are the one suffering if you could see the time of war you see a woman will carry a child back carry lounges on the head infect this war really affect us women”

With just over three weeks to the November 12 deadline for the formation of a transitional government, South Sudanese are waiting anxiously for durable peace to return to their country, so that women like Johnita can return to normal life.
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