SOUTH SUDAN / UN PEACEKEEPERS DAY

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) commemorated the International Day of Peacekeepers in a ceremony in the capital Juba. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UN PEACEKEEPERS DAY
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / KINYARWANDA / NATS

DATELINE: 29 MAY 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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29 MAY 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1.Various shots, female honor guard
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Monira Mahjabeen Mowri, Bangladeshi Peacekeeper:
“To join the military, the uniform, it makes you distinct among many people, so it gives a feeling that this is one option where I can prove myself, not only to the people around me, but I will get an opportunity to prove myself in the whole world. Now my dream has come true, I should say, now I am serving in an international forum and I hope that this will help me go further.”
3. Wide shot, honor guard leader, head UNMISS and National Staff President in foreground
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of The Secretary-General And Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Through their strong leadership and values, our women peacekeepers are role models to inspire and empower South Sudanese women to also achieve their own dreams. So, today, I thank all women peacekeepers for their dedication to duty, their passion for peace, and their willingness to risk their own wellbeing to improve the lives of others. You are an inspiration.”
5. Med, Chinese peacekeepers holding wreath and marching off
6. Med, Chinese peacekeepers and head of UNMISS going to place wreath
7. Med, Chinese peacekeepers and UNMISS National Staff President laying wreath
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bennett Kenyi, President of National Staff Association, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“They left their homes and families in order to serve the people of South Sudan. We commend their professionalism and dedication and honor the memory of those also who lost their lives in the cause of peace while in South Sudan.”
9. Wide shot, UNMISS guests for ceremony
10. Med shot, UNMISS Resident Coordinator
11. Med shot, UN Flag and South Sudanese flags on pole being lowered
12. Med shot, Rwandese Female UNPOL tying off flags and saluting
13. SOUNDBITE (Kinyarwanda) Corporal Kanyana Justin, Rwandan UN Police Officer:
“As a woman, I feel proud to help displaced women in South Sudan to resolve their problems and feel secure. As a woman from a country that previously suffered conflict, I feel proud to continue working for peace.”
14. Wide shot, Honor Guard leader addressing Shearer
15. Wide shot, Honor Guard marching

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) commemorated the International Day of Peacekeepers in a ceremony in the capital Juba.

Marching in unity, an all-women military color party formally opened the special ceremony reflecting the theme of the event - “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace”. Many of these women have overcome huge challenges and gender stereotypes to join the militaries in their own countries and are proud to now be representing those nations while serving under the UN flag.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major Monira Mahjabeen Mowri, Bangladeshi Peacekeeper:
“To join the military, the uniform, it makes you distinct among many people, so it gives a feeling that this is one option where I can prove myself, not only to the people around me, but I will get an opportunity to prove myself in the whole world. Now my dream has come true, I should say, now I am serving in an international forum and I hope that this will help me go further.”


UN Special Representative David Shearer recognized the important contribution made by women peacekeepers in protecting vulnerable civilians and supporting peace in South Sudan. While they are helping the country recover from war, they are also inspiring local women to reach their full potential.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of The Secretary-General And Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Through their strong leadership and values, our women peacekeepers are role models to inspire and empower South Sudanese women to also achieve their own dreams. So, today, I thank all women peacekeepers for their dedication to duty, their passion for peace, and their willingness to risk their own wellbeing to improve the lives of others. You are an inspiration.”


During the ceremony, David Shearer and the President of the UNMISS National Staff Association laid wreaths in honor of the 65 peacekeepers who have died in the line of duty since the inception of UNMISS, including 12 personnel who passed away in the last year.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bennett Kenyi, President of National Staff Association, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“They left their homes and families in order to serve the people of South Sudan. We commend their professionalism and dedication and honor the memory of those also who lost their lives in the cause of peace while in South Sudan.”

The event was much smaller than in previous years because of the need to follow prevention measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNMISS is making a strong contribution to the national prevention effort with its peacekeeping engineers renovating local hospitals around the country.

The Mission is providing 100 tents and 500 beds to increase the capacity of the local health system. New water tanks and boreholes are being installed as well as generators so that hospitals have electricity. The Mission is donating thousands of items of PPE as well as medicines and ambulances.

UN Police Officer Corporal Kanyana Justin is one of dozens of female peacekeepers from Rwanda protecting displaced families in UN Protection of Civilians sites. Providing that security is even more of a challenge during COVID-19.

SOUNDBITE (Kinyarwanda) Corporal Kanyana Justin, Rwandan UN Police Officer:
“As a woman, I feel proud to help displaced women in South Sudan to resolve their problems and feel secure. As a woman from a country that previously suffered conflict, I feel proud to continue working for peace.”

For these peacekeepers, today was about celebrating their efforts to help the people of this war-torn country while also remembering their colleagues who have given their lives in the pursuit of peace.
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