SOUTH SUDAN / JONGLEI-PIBOR PEACE CONFERENCE

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Ongoing intercommunal violence between ethnic groups in and around Jonglei, Central Equatoria has led to a renewed push for reconciliation and peace by state authorities and the United Nations peace operation in South Sudan, UNMISS. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / JONGLEI-PIBOR PEACE CONFERENCE
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 27 JANUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN /FILE

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27 JANUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, delegates in the hall.
2. Various shots, delegates sitting in the hall including chiefs
3. Med shot, Jonglei Governor and Chief Pibor Administrative Area
4. Close-up, shot of the Jonglei Governor
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Denay Chagor, Governor of Jonglei:
“Peace in this country and development should go together. This is the only way you will discourage somebody who is used to fighting to [stand in] support peace. If they don’t see any [more violence and ongoing] development, peace will come.”
6. Various shots, delegates and elders
7. Med shot, Joshua Konyi, Chief, Pibor Administrative Area
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Joshua Konyi, Chief of the Pibor Administrative Area:
“Why are all Pibor peace conferences failing? It’s because the conferences are done by politicians but not by the communities who are involved in the fight. But today, this peace conference will succeed because [traditional] chiefs and those who are involved [in the violence] are present.”
9. Wide shots, delegates
10. Various shots, delegates attending conference.
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taban Deng Gai, Vice President of South Sudan:
“Actually, why Pibor or Greater Jonglei is not [peaceful] is because of the lack of implementation: Resolutions are made but are not implemented. Now the time has for implementation.”
12. Various shots, delegates attending conference
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Bennett, Chief, Political Affairs Division, UNMISS:
“Without peace, the chances of a better quality of life for your community and your people will be lost. I encourage you all to consult and reconcile here now in good faith so your people can reap the benefits of your desire to serve their needs.”

FILE, SOUTH SUDAN

14. Med shot, injured being moved by peacekeepers from truck
15. Various shots, injured being carried into hospital by red-cross volunteers
16. Various shots, UNMISS road engineers collecting marram for road construction
17. Wide shot, flooded road being patched up by UNMISS engineers
18. Various shots, returnees at home in Jonglei

STORYLINE:

Ongoing intercommunal violence between ethnic groups in and around Jonglei, Central Equatoria has led to a renewed push for reconciliation and peace by state authorities and the United Nations peace operation in South Sudan, UNMISS.

One such intervention is a two-day conference that took place on 26-27 January 2021. Hosted by a committee with Sudanese Vice President James Wani Igga, and supported by UNMISS, the conference aimed at finding workable solutions to restoring calm and stability across the greater Jonglei area, following a vicious cycle of fighting and revenge attacks in the past six months, that has led to death, injuries and population displacement.

The Jonglei Peace Conference was attended by two of the country’s five vice-presidents and more than 200 delegates ranging from traditional community leaders to representatives of nongovernmental organizations.

Denay Chagor, governor of this beleaguered state, called for communities living in the greater Jonglei area to not be taken in by politicized narratives and, instead, look towards development and social cohesion.

SOUNDBITE (English) Denay Chagor, Governor of Jonglei:
“Peace in this country and development should go together. This is the only way you will discourage somebody who is used to fighting to [stand in] support peace. If they don’t see any [more violence and ongoing] development, peace will come.”

Local administrative leaders called for greater participation of community members in decision-making and were optimistic that, unlike similar fora in the past, this conference should be fruitful because of greater community representation.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Joshua Konyi, Chief of the Pibor Administrative Area:
“Why are all Pibor peace conferences failing? It’s because the conferences are done by politicians but not by the communities who are involved in the fight. But today, this peace conference will succeed because [traditional] chiefs and those who are involved [in the violence] are present.”

According to Vice President Taban Deng Gai advocated for more stringent implementation of the resolutions arrived at through peacebuilding measures such as this conference.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taban Deng Gai, Vice President of South Sudan:
“Actually, why Pibor or Greater Jonglei is not [peaceful] is because of the lack of implementation: Resolutions are made but are not implemented. Now the time has for implementation.”

The UNMISS representative attending the conference urged attending politicians and community leaders to unite in ensuring a peaceful, prosperous future for their people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Bennett, Chief, Political Affairs Division, UNMISS:
“Without peace, the chances of a better quality of life for your community and your people will be lost. I encourage you all to consult and reconcile here now in good faith so your people can reap the benefits of your desire to serve their needs.”

UNMISS remains committed to mitigating the impact of this violence, protecting civilians and helping state authorities to stabilize security conditions, build necessary public infrastructure and ensure peace dialogues are held among community members.
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