SOUTH SUDAN / LACROIX MALAKAL

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As part of a four-day mission to South Sudan, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix visited Malakal, in the Upper Nile region, to see first-hand the impact of flooding on local communities. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / LACROIX MALAKAL
TRT: 06:05
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2021, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, aerial views of flooded Nile and some water-logged areas
2. Various shots, aerial views of plane taxing and view of airport
3. Wide shot, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix descending from plane and greeting UNMISS officials waiting
4. Various shots, convoy driving through Malakal
5. Various shots, edge of Protection of Civilians site
6. Various shots, USG arriving at edge of POC site
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Security has improved but there is room for more progress regarding security so that the people, particularly those civilians in the POC (UN Protection of Civilians) camp, can move more freely and with more sense of security and we will be working on this together. In the State the situation has improved, but there are areas where there has been tension and even fighting.”
8. Various shots, meeting indoors with humanitarians and UNMISS colleagues
9. Various shots, meeting with internally displaced leaders
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Akoch Ayiik Adwok, Chairperson, Protection of Civilians (POC) Site:
“One of the challenges that we are facing at the protection of civilians site in Malakal is the systematic rampant insecurity which results in the killing of innocent civilians and, at this juncture, I would ask the delegation that came all the way from New York under the leadership of Under-Secretary-General to look deep into that issue and to discuss with authorities in Upper Nile State to apprehend the preparators of these atrocities.”
11. Wide shot, arrival at Acting Governor’s office
12. Various shots, USG being donned with traditional costume
13. SOUNDBITE (English) James Tor Monbuony Kor, Upper Nile Acting Governor:
“The choice to come back is free and voluntary for our citizens. Our commitment as the state government is to ensure that we have the protection for each and every citizen regardless of their background, regardless of their political affiliation, regardless of their ethnicity.”
14. Various shots, indoor meeting with Acting Governor and other local officials
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The flooding has added a lot of challenges to what the population is facing and, of course, we want to be helpful. So, we are here to say that the UN will remain committed to the State, to Malakal and the surrounding region, and will continue to do our best to be supportive.”
16. Various shots, drive through nearly deserted Malakal town

STORYLINE:

As part of a four-day mission to South Sudan, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix visited Malakal, in the Upper Nile region, to see first-hand the impact of flooding on local communities.

Flying across the Upper Nile, it’s easy to see the impact of rising waters on the population. Many areas are water-logged which is creating additional hardship for people already suffering as the result of sporadic fighting between community militias groups as well as persistent cattle-raiding.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Security has improved but there is room for more progress regarding security so that the people, particularly those civilians in the POC (UN Protection of Civilians) camp, can move more freely and with more sense of security and we will be working on this together. In the State the situation has improved, but there are areas where there has been tension and even fighting.”

The USG discussed the dire situation with humanitarians and spoke with displaced families living in the Protection of Civilians site which is the only UN-protected camp yet to transition to a conventional displacement site under the responsibility of the Government. The situation is currently considered too insecure to move this process forward.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Akoch Ayiik Adwok, Chairperson, Protection of Civilians (POC) Site:
“One of the challenges that we are facing at the protection of civilians site in Malakal is the systematic rampant insecurity which results in the killing of innocent civilians and, at this juncture, I would ask the delegation that came all the way from New York under the leadership of Under-Secretary-General to look deep into that issue and to discuss with authorities in Upper Nile State to apprehend the preparators of these atrocities.”

The Deputy Governor described the situation as calm, and said people are returning back to their homes either within Malakal town or more remote villages. But driving through the town, many homes are still abandoned, and markets are quiet which demonstrates a reluctance among people to move back to the area.

SOUNDBITE (English) James Tor Monbuony Kor, Upper Nile Acting Governor:
“The choice to come back is free and voluntary for our citizens. Our commitment as the state government is to ensure that we have the protection for each and every citizen regardless of their background, regardless of their political affiliation, regardless of their ethnicity.”

The Acting Governor said recent forums hosted by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan was supporting reconciliation, peacebuilding, resilience, and recovery efforts. Local police are also receiving training and technical support from UNPOL to build their capacity to tackle crime.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The flooding has added a lot of challenges to what the population is facing and, of course, we want to be helpful. So, we are here to say that the UN will remain committed to the State, to Malakal and the surrounding region, and will continue to do our best to be supportive.”

That support includes the protection of civilians by peacekeepers, facilitating reconciliation and peace talks, and ensuring that vulnerable communities get the help they need to rebuild their lives.
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