SOUTH SUDAN / SHEARER PRESSER

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A surge in fighting between different ethnic communities in Warrap, Maban and parts of Jonglei in South Sudan has caused hundreds of deaths and massive displacement over the past few months. While UNMISS peacekeepers have increased their presence and patrolling across potential hotspots, much more needs to be done to address the root causes of the intercommunal tensions. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SHEARER PRESSER
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DATELINE: 9 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE

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FILE – UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, displaced people
2. Close up, displaced people
3. Wide shot, peacekeepers patrolling
4. Med shot, Peacekeepers patrolling
5. Close up, Peacekeeper patrolling

9 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

6. Wide shot, UNMISS SRSG David Shearer addressing journalists
7. Med shot, UNMISS SRSG David Shearer listening
8. Close up, a journalist writing
9. Med shot, SRSG addressing journalist
10. SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“This week, we plan to deploy peacekeepers to seven temporary operating bases across the country. Our very strong feeling is that, if we can deploy early in the dry season, we have a better chance of success in preventing violence before it happens. However, some places have been difficult to reach. Our efforts to reach Romich in Warrap, for example, have been continually blocked on the ground. In fact, we have a patrol on its way there now that has been blocked for the past five days.”
11. Wide shot, SRSG addressing
12. SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“We are still waiting for the County Commissioners to be appointed. These are critical positions given the amount of subnational violence going on. We’ve also got issues around the constitution and the unification of forces which are important aspects of the peace process that remain unresolved.”

FILE - UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

13. Wide shot, road being levelled
14. Wide shot, offloading of soil
15. Close up, road is being leveled

9 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN


16. SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“Improving roads boosts connections and communication between regions; it increases trade and jobs but, most significantly, creates opportunities to reconcile and build peace. That certainly has been our experience. So, our engineering work is doing as much to promote peace as a lot of the reconciliation efforts because they build that infrastructure and network between people.”

FILE – UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

17. Wide shot, Bor POC
18. Med shot, people walking in the POC
19. Close up, children walking
20. Wide shot, displaced people in POC market Bor
21. Med shot, lying in the bed
22. Close up, peacekeeper sitting on the tank
23. Med shot, children sitting in the POC

9 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

24. SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“I’m also pleased to confirm that Protection of Civilians sites in Bor, Wau and Juba have successfully transitioned to conventional IDP camps under the sovereign responsibility of the Government. The process has gone very smoothly.”

FILE – FILE - SOUTH SUDAN

25. Wide shot, POC and displaced walking
26. Med shot, displaced walking
27. Wide shot, displaced people
28. Med long, shot Displaced people entering the UNMISS compound
29. Wide shot, displaced people waiting at the UNMISS fence


STORYLINE:

A surge in fighting between different ethnic communities in Warrap, Maban and parts of Jonglei in South Sudan has caused hundreds of deaths and massive displacement over the past few months. While UNMISS peacekeepers have increased their presence and patrolling across potential hotspots, much more needs to be done to address the root causes of the intercommunal tensions.

Speaking at a press conference in Juba Tuesday (09 Feb), Special Representative of the Secretary-General warned that the slow implementation of the peace agreement signed in 2018 poses a direct threat to the fragile peace in the world’s newest nation and called for greater support and access for the peacekeeping mission to reach communities in need.

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“This week, we plan to deploy peacekeepers to seven temporary operating bases across the country. Our very strong feeling is that, if we can deploy early in the dry season, we have a better chance of success in preventing violence before it happens. However, some places have been difficult to reach. Our efforts to reach Romich in Warrap, for example, have been continually blocked on the ground. In fact, we have a patrol on its way there now that has been blocked for the past five days.”

The Special Representative acknowledged the challenges faced by South Sudan including COVID-19 and an economic crisis that has hugely impacted families and stressed the urgent need for renewed momentum in the peace process

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“We are still waiting for the County Commissioners to be appointed. These are critical positions given the amount of subnational violence going on. We’ve also got issues around the constitution and the unification of forces which are important aspects of the peace process that remain unresolved.”

He highlighted the work being done by UNMISS to support durable peace, especially ongoing road rehabilitation projects spanning some 3,200 kilometers undertaken by the mission’s engineers from seven different countries.

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“Improving roads boosts connections and communication between regions; it increases trade and jobs but, most significantly, creates opportunities to reconcile and build peace. That certainly has been our experience. So, our engineering work is doing as much to promote peace as a lot of the reconciliation efforts because they build that infrastructure and network between people.”


Shearer also briefed on the transition of UN Protection sites into conventional camps for internally displaced people.

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID SHEARER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF UNMISS:
“I’m also pleased to confirm that Protection of Civilians sites in Bor, Wau and Juba have successfully transitioned to conventional IDP camps under the sovereign responsibility of the Government. The process has gone very smoothly.”

The mission is working with the Government of South Sudan to ensure that the re-designation of the two remaining sites—Bentiu and Malakal—is completed soon.
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