SOUTH SUDAN / MUSIC FOR PEACE

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21-Sep-2020 00:02:06
21 September is annually commemorated worldwide as International Day of Peace. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) joins hands with its partners in peace--the people of South Sudan--to bring voices advocating for a durable peace in the world’s newest country, which continues to suffer from conflict, death and displacement years after civil war ended. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MUSIC FOR PEACE
TRT: 02:06
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2020, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, strains of guitar music, displaced children in guitar classes given by Amal Jazz Band in Malakal.
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): FAWIL JOHN ACHUIL, Musician/Member of Amal Jazz Band:
“For us as a jazz band, music is everything. So, we decided to train youngsters in the UN Protection site in Malakal for them to get to know their own cultures. There is a real challenge for displaced children across South Sudan to keep in touch with and have knowledge of their own cultures. So, we wanted to find a way to keep our traditions alive among the younger generation. We would like these young children [who have known nothing but conflict since birth] to be able to take pride in their culture and grow up with feeling of being culturally South Sudanese.”
3. Various shots, members of Amal Jazz band show displaced children correct guitar chords.
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): FAWIL JOHN ACHUIL, Musician/Member of Amal Jazz Band:
”[As a jazz band] we have played in many places across Malakal and collaborate with other artists as well as with UN humanitarian partners to engage in building peace [among local communities]. Our aim is to widen public participation [in cultural activities], encourage social interaction and peaceful coexistence among all communities in Malakal, not just displaced people”
5. Various Shots, members of Amal Jazz Band raising awareness on COVID-19 through song.
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): FAWIL JOHN ACHUIL, Musician/Member of Amal Jazz Band
“Our first and last objective is humanity. We will not stop [building peace] and will continue our efforts to represent all South Sudanese. The Amal/Hope music band will endure as a symbol of unity and humanity as we have declared in our constitution, in our programs and events so that we represent all communities.”
7. Various shot, members of Amal Jazz Band playing guitars on COVID-19

STORYLINE:

21 September is annually commemorated worldwide as International Day of Peace. With a global pandemic ongoing, 2020 has been a year like no other; this Day is, therefore, doubly significant for everybody. It takes courage and unity to shape peace together.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) joins hands with its partners in peace--the people of South Sudan--to bring voices advocating for a durable peace in the world’s newest country, which continues to suffer from conflict, death and displacement years after civil war ended. Here, we show you the story of Amal Jazz Band from Malakal in South Sudan, formed in 2016, which uses music to build peace and unity among all communities.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic): FAWIL JOHN ACHUIL, Musician/Member of Amal Jazz Band:
“For us as a jazz band, music is everything. So, we decided to train youngsters in the UN Protection site in Malakal for them to get to know their own cultures. There is a real challenge for displaced children across South Sudan to keep in touch with and have knowledge of their own cultures. So, we wanted to find a way to keep our traditions alive among the younger generation. We would like these young children [who have known nothing but conflict since birth] to be able to take pride in their culture and grow up with feeling of being culturally South Sudanese.”

For many young displaced children growing up in UN Protection Sites, the music lessons given by members of the jazz band exemplify hope. The word ‘Amal’ in Arabic signifies hope and it is no mystery why the band uses this name.

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic): FAWIL JOHN ACHUIL, Musician/Member of Amal Jazz Band:
” [As a jazz band] we have played in many places across Malakal and collaborate with other artists as well as with UN humanitarian partners to engage in building peace [among local communities]. Our aim is to widen public participation [in cultural activities], encourage social interaction and peaceful coexistence among all communities in Malakal.”

Working collaboratively to shape peace among all communities, whether displaced or otherwise, is what Amal Jazz Band has included in its manifesto as well. This social conscience forms the backbone of all band members.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic): FAWIL JOHN ACHUIL, Musician/Member of Amal Jazz Band
“Our first and last objective is humanity. We will not stop [building peace] and will continue our efforts to represent all South Sudanese. The Amal/Hope music band will endure as a symbol of unity and humanity as we have declared in our constitution, in our programs and events so that we represent all communities.”

This one-of-a-kind music band calls on the South Sudanese to embrace a life of peaceful coexistence.
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