UN / ABYEI ATTACK

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23-Jan-2020 00:01:06
The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) reported that “a group of armed members of the Misseriya community attacked a Dinka community in the Kolom area, north-west of Abyei town, yesterday, killing at least 32 people, including women and children, and wounding dozens.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

23 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Farhan Haq at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei, UNISFA, reports that a group of armed members of the Misseriya community attacked a Dinka community in the Kolom area, north-west of Abyei town, yesterday, killing at least 32 people, including women and children, and wounding dozens. Three children are also reportedly missing. Five people were apprehended by peacekeepers after the attack, and the Mission continues to patrol the area and investigate the incident.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“A similar attack occurred on 19 January in the same area, in which three people were killed. The Mission says that, prior to that attack, it had been engaging with the Dinka and Misseriya communities to discuss how to prevent tensions and conflict, and afterwards, and met with Misseriya leaders to de-escalate tensions and prevent retaliatory attacks. The Mission also increased its efforts to protect civilians after 19 January to prevent further attacks.”
6. Wide shot, Haq walks away

STORYLINE:

The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) today (23 Jan) reported that “a group of armed members of the Misseriya community attacked a Dinka community in the Kolom area, north-west of Abyei town, yesterday, killing at least 32 people, including women and children, and wounding dozens.”

A statement read by spokesperson Farhan Haq indicated that “three children are also reportedly missing.”

Haq said, “five people were apprehended by peacekeepers after the attack, and the Mission continues to patrol the area and investigate the incident.”

A similar attack took place on 19 January killing three people. According to UNISFA, Haq said, prior to that attack the Mission “had been engaging with the Dinka and Misseriya communities to discuss how to prevent tensions and conflict.”

Afterwards, he added, UNISFA “met with Misseriya leaders to de-escalate tensions and prevent retaliatory attacks.”

The Mission has also increased its efforts to protect civilians after 19 January to prevent further attacks.
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