SOUTH SUDAN / TAMBURA DISPLACED PEOPLE

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26-Jul-2021 00:04:41
Ongoing intercommunal conflict in greater Tambura, Western Equatoria, has displaced thousands of people. Women, children and elderly have fled carrying a few of their belongings and young mothers are ferrying babies on their backs in search of safety to an UNMISS temporary base in Tambura. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / TAMBURA DISPLACED PEOPLE
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SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: AZANDE / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 JULY 2021, TAMBURA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, newly displaced persons in Tambura.
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head of UNMISS Field Office, Yambio:
“Following some clashes that took place over the last weekend, there was another series of displacement and some of those people have come to the UNMISS long duration patrol temporary operating base, seeking shelter and sanctuary. Due to the size of the base, they were relocated into the former county support base site that was in Tambura. It is very close to the temporary operating base that we have. They are now being sheltered there and we will be registering [them] also. We are expecting some humanitarian support in that base. That brings the number of IDP sites to four in Tambura itself.”
3. Various shots, newly displaced persons in Tambura.
4. SOUNDBITE (Azande) Marcella Barangba, Displaced person, Tambura:
“I am one of the people who have been displaced in the recent conflict. We have a massive problem. We are sheltering in very poor conditions and our children have no food. We are desperate. I plead to armed attackers who are doing this to us to stop the violence so that we can live in peace and unity. Imagine with this rainy season where are we going to shelter with our children? They have looted and burned all the health centers; where shall we get medicines to treat ourselves and our children? Some of them are already sick”
5. Various shots, burnt houses.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head, UNMISS Field Office, Yambio:
“The scale of destruction has been immense. We are trying to contain that working with the government, with the local authorities, with the local security agencies and partners to try and contain this and make sure that it stops. It is extremely heartbreaking to see so much destruction and so many people who were looking forward to the peace that was brought by the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and the role out of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity at the state level. They are looking forward to embracing and benefiting from the peace dividends and this politically instigated intercommunal violence is now threatening that.
7. Various shots, displaced persons in Tambura.
8. SOUNDBITE (Azande) Lucia Alfred Bangburu, Displaced person, Tambura:
“So many bad things have happened to us, especially [to] mothers with young children. We are in a very hard situation. We want to know what our government and the whole world is thinking for our future. These children here, they are the future, they need to be given a chance to live in peace and for us to be able to cultivate our lands.”
9. Various shots, peacekeepers on patrol.

STORYLINE:

Ongoing intercommunal conflict in greater Tambura, Western Equatoria, has displaced thousands of people. Women, children and elderly have fled carrying a few of their belongings and young mothers are ferrying babies on their backs in search of safety to an UNMISS temporary base in Tambura.

Peacekeepers have been on the ground for the past three weeks, reducing tensions and doing everything they can to help ease the suffering.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head, UNMISS Field Office, Yambio:
“Following some clashes that took place over the last weekend, there was another series of displacement and some of those people have come to the UNMISS long duration patrol temporary operating base, seeking shelter and sanctuary. Due to the size of the base, they were relocated into the former county support base site that was in Tambura. It is very close to the temporary operating base that we have. They are now being sheltered there and we will be registering [them] also. We are expecting some humanitarian support in that base. That brings the number of IDP sites to four in Tambura itself.”

The rainy season has exacerbated the suffering of the newly displaced.

SOUNDBITE (Azande) Marcella Barangba, Displaced person, Tambura:
“I am one of the people who have been displaced in the recent conflict. We have a massive problem. We are sheltering in very poor conditions and our children have no food. We are desperate. I plead to armed attackers who are doing this to us to stop the violence so that we can live in peace and unity. Imagine with this rainy season where are we going to shelter with our children? They have looted and burned all the health centers; where shall we get medicines to treat ourselves and our children? Some of them are already sick.”

Peacekeepers say entire villages have been burnt to the ground.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head, UNMISS Field Office, Yambio:
“The scale of destruction has been immense. We are trying to contain that working with the government, with the local authorities, with the local security agencies and partners to try and contain this and make sure that it stops. It is extremely heartbreaking to see so much destruction and so many people who were looking forward to the peace that was brought by the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and the role out of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity at the state level. They are looking forward to embracing and benefiting from the peace dividends and this politically instigated intercommunal violence is now threatening [that hope].

For displaced people, the situation seems hopeless.

SOUNDBITE (Azande) Lucia Alfred Bangburu, Displaced person, Tambura:
“So many bad things have happened to us, especially [to] mothers with young children. We are in a very hard situation. We want to know what our government and the whole world is thinking for our future. These children here, they are the future, they need to be given a chance to live in peace and for us to be able to cultivate our lands.”

UNMISS is continuing its efforts, together with local authorities and humanitarian partners to protect and provide some relief to displaced civilians.
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