SOUTH SUDAN / TOMBURA PEACE EFFORTS

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11-Nov-2019 00:03:31
An assessment team from the UN Mission in South Sudan visited on Monday the town of Tombura in a remote area of the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan to monitor the situation on the ground following the extension of pre-transitional period to form a new government of national unity. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / TOMBURA PEACE EFFORTS
TRT: 03:31
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 11 NOVEMBER 2019, TOMBURA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, UN convoy stuck in mud
2. Tracking shot, Tombura
3. Wide shot, people in front of houses
4. Med shot, hut
5. Various shots, woman with children
6. Various shots, woman cooking
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angelina Anguei, Internally Displaced Person:
“Our village was destroyed, some of our relatives were killed we are left alone; all the elders were killed. I am praying to God that peace will be implemented for our country to be peaceful.”
8. Various shots, bishop Hiiboro talking to one of the priests
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Edwardo Hiiboro, dioceses of Tombura and Yambio:
“We were able to face the people in the bush and managed to bring out of the bush over 10,000 young men who were there ready to kill ready to fight. Many times, we were humiliated by these boys in the bush, yet we kept on.”
10. Various shots, people on streets of Tombura
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Edwardo Hiiboro, dioceses of Tombura and Yambio:
“We will still pursue communities who are still at odd with one another. There is still tribalism in our communities – people still define themselves by their tribes; we still have hatred among learned people, politicians and the communities; we still have wounded people who are still holding individuals as a reason for the death of their family members; we still have children who are angry with members of their communities who have abused them… So, this is a programme for us.”
12. Wide shot, Tombura town
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, Head of Field Office Yambio:
“We want to have a dialogue between the communities on what they have, what are the opportunities for development in the communities; what are the challenges they face, what are the threats that they think that they can overcome and the strengths and weaknesses, such that we can proactively drive the communities towards building their own resilience as well as moving towards early recovery and development, now that the crisis itself is over, so that you have communities that can resist shocks but also communities that are aiming towards a higher goal.”
14. Tracking shot, Tombura town.

STORYLINE:

An assessment team from the UN Mission in South Sudan visited on Monday (11 Nov) the town of Tombura in a remote area of the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan to monitor the situation on the ground following the extension of pre-transitional period to form a new government of national unity.

During the rainy season, a 183-kilometer road connecting Yambio andTombura in a remote area of the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan becomes a two-day journey even onboard robust vehicles of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Tombura had been accommodating internally displace persons from the neighbouring villages since the conflict erupted in South Sudan, including 198 households who were received in the town earlier this year.

Angelina Anguei fled her home village after witnessing the killing of her relatives and elders. She is now hopeful for peace in her country.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angelina Anguei, Internally Displaced Person:
“Our village was destroyed, some of our relatives were killed we are left alone; all the elders were killed. I am praying to God that peace will be implemented for our country to be peaceful.”

Faith groups have been working in collaboration with UN Mission to create conditions for peaceful coexistence among different communities in the area. So far, a lot has been achieved, including grassroots initiatives that resulted in the release of child soldiers earlier in this year.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Edwardo Hiiboro, dioceses of Tombura and Yambio:
“We were able to face the people in the bush and managed to bring out of the bush over 10,000 young men who were there ready to kill ready to fight. Many times, we were humiliated by these boys in the bush, yet we kept on.”

Combating hatred among the communities seems to be high on the list of priorities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Edwardo Hiiboro, dioceses of Tombura and Yambio
“We will still pursue communities who are still at odd with one another. There is still tribalism in our communities – people still define themselves by their tribes; we still have hatred among learned people, politicians and the communities; we still have wounded people who are still holding individuals as a reason for the death of their family members; we still have children who are angry with members of their communities who have abused them… So, this is a programme for us.”

Working with the people of South Sudan to build durable peace is a key part of the mandate of UNMISS.


SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, Head of Field Office Yambio
“We want to have a dialogue between the communities on what they have, what are the opportunities for development in the communities; what are the challenges they face, what are the threats that they think that they can overcome and the strengths and weaknesses, such that we can proactively drive the communities towards building their own resilience as well as moving towards early recovery and development, now that the crisis itself is over, so that you have communities that can resist shocks but also communities that are aiming towards a higher goal.”
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