SOUTH SUDAN / JONGLEI HIGH LEVEL DELEGATION

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Due to recent conflicts in Pibor, South Sudan, a high-level delegation visited the region to encourage local authorities to protect communities and build peace. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / JONGLEI HIGH LEVEL DELEGATION
TRT: 02:57
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / DINKA / NATS

DATELINE: 2 JUNE 2021, BOR / PIBOR, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, aerial of Pibor
2. Med shot, aerial of Pibor, WFP warehouses
3. Med shot, Pibor Town
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Prof. Joram Biswaro, Head of African Union Mission in South Sudan:
”Dialogue is the most viable instrument to realize peace and security in this area. They should also refrain from looting or razing to the ground various equipment which is used for storage of humanitarian assistance. Then thirdly, they should refrain from killing those people who give assistance here. There is a lot of sacrifice.”
5. Wide shot, meeting yard for Joint Mission to Pibor
6. Med shot, local women seated on the ground
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Pibor Women’s Representative:
“Your coming is a blessing for us. During the conflict we were running to the bushes but now we have come back because your presence here is protection for us and you can see our suffering.”
8. Wide shot, meeting room in Bor Governors Office with SRSG delegation
9. Med shot, Jonglei Acting Governor, UNMISS SRSG seated
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Pascal, Acting Jonglei Governor:
“Even though there are criminals who are still attacking people and abducting people on the roadside, we will not give up. We are still seeking support from our friends, our government, to come and build capacities in bor because we need peace and the parliament. So, it’s an issue of how we can take the minds of the people of South Sudan to understand the dividends of peace.”
11. Med shot, Long, UNMISS delegation and Jonglei officials seated
12. Med shot, OTS, UNMISS SRSG seated and speaking to officials
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, SRSG & Head of UNMISS:
“Nobody seems to have an idea how to break this cycle so that we can have peace and why do we want peace? Without peace it’s very hard to have development. We can continue to supply humanitarian food aid, emergency food aid, but that’s not the way this community should be standing up. This community should be standing up because its producing its own food, because people are connected to livelihoods, because children are at school, and there are hospitals. To get there we have to find a way of making peace.”
14. Med shot, Jonglei Acting Governor and UNMISS SRSG shaking hands outside

STORYLINE:

Due to recent conflicts in Pibor, South Sudan, a high-level delegation visited the region to encourage local authorities to protect communities and build peace.

The delegation was formed by the United Nations, African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission.

Intercommunal fighting has cost hundreds of lives and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. Flooding has devastated homes, crops and livestock and there is a severe food shortage.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Prof. Joram Biswaro, Head of African Union Mission in South Sudan:
”Dialogue is the most viable instrument to realize peace and security in this area. They should also refrain from looting or razing to the ground various equipment which is used for storage of humanitarian assistance. Then thirdly, they should refrain from killing those people who give assistance here. There is a lot of sacrifice.”

The visit follows a series of attacks on humanitarian workers and facilities in Jonglei and other parts of the country. In Gumuruk, food warehouses were recently looted and destroyed with the loss of 550 metric tons of food, enough to feed 33,000 people for a month. Those affected by the violence welcomed the delegation’s visit as a sign that their plight is recognised and action will be taken.

SOUNDBITE (English) Pibor Women’s Representative:
“Your coming is a blessing for us. During the conflict we were running to the bushes but now we have come back because your presence here is protection for us and you can see our suffering.”

State authorities are deeply concerned about the impact of the clashes on the community but say they can’t tackle the problem alone.

SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Pascal, Acting Jonglei Governor:
“Even though there are criminals who are still attacking people and abducting people on the roadside, we will not give up. We are still seeking support from our friends, our government, to come and build capacities in bor because we need peace and the parliament. So, it’s an issue of how we can take the minds of the people of South Sudan to understand the dividends of peace.”

The special representative of the un secretary-general said the visit was an opportunity to listen to the needs and better understand how the international community can help.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, SRSG & Head of UNMISS:
“Nobody seems to have an idea how to break this cycle so that we can have peace and why do we want peace? Without peace it’s very hard to have development. We can continue to supply humanitarian food aid, emergency food aid, but that’s not the way this community should be standing up. This community should be standing up because its producing its own food, because people are connected to livelihoods, because children are at school, and there are hospitals. To get there we have to find a way of making peace.”

Peace is something these communities crave so that they can rebuild their lives and enjoy a peaceful and more prosperous future.
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