SOUTH SUDAN / UNMISS POLICE COMMISSIONER FAREWELL

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Five years ago, Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa arrived in South Sudan as an Individual Police Officer serving with the United Nations to protect civilians and build peace. She rose rapidly through the ranks to become UNMISS’ first female Police Commissioner, leading thousands of officers in the conflict-affected country. On Thursday, she watched with pride and a touch of sadness as her officers performed a special parade of honour to bid her farewell. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UNMISS POLICE COMMISSIONER FAREWELL
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 07 OCTOBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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07 OCTOBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, Honour Guard marching onto parade grounds
2. Med shot, Honour Guard marching
3. Zoom out, UN and South Sudan Flags and Honour Guard
4. Pan right, UNMISS Police Commissioner walking onto stand
5. Wide shot, Nepalese FPU Honour Guard
6. Wide shot, UNMISS Police Commissioner at VIP stand
7. Wide shot, UNMISS Police Commissioner walking past Honour Guard
8. SOUNDBITE(English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“My 35-year police career, although challenging, has been the most exciting and enjoyable experience and the last five years in South Sudan, in UNMISS, has been the peak of resilience, hard work, and dedication, the result of which I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
9. Med shot, Female FPU’s from Nepal and Rwanda in formation
10. SOUNDBITE(English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I wish to acknowledge everyone, whether in their professional capacity, Individual Police Officers(IPOs) or FPUs (Formed Police Units), for your exemplary service and contribution to the protection of civilians for the people of South Sudan and in building the capacity of our host nation police to be professional, accountable, representative of their population and one that is also trusted. We may not have fully achieved all that needs to be done, but we must take heart of the milestones we have achieved together during our term.”
11. Wide shot, Honour Guard Flag Party
12. Wide shot, UNMISS Police Commissioner being saluted by fellow Fijian Police Officer
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Francis Yiribaare, Police Chief of Operations, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“She has made a lot of distinguished contributions, extraordinary ones, towards the progress of mandate implementation in South Sudan. She’s a woman of timbre and caliber and has touched a good number of us, police officers and senior management, and an overarching effect to the entire mission structure.”
14. Med shot, UNMISS Police Commissioner seated
15. Wide shot, Nepalese FPU Honour Guard in formation
16. Med shot, UNMISS Deputy Police Commissioner and Police Commissioner seated
17. Med shot, UNMISS Police Commissioner walking with Honour Guard in background
18. SOUNDBITE(English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“As I will fold for the final time, this police uniform at the end of the day, I cherish the thought of my family who has been constant throughout my life – my husband, and children who have supported me wholeheartedly in my quest to break ceilings in my career. My family and support network that have made things possible for me as a working mum and even more.”
19. Wide shot, UNMISS Police Commissioner on VIP stand with Honour Guard marching past
20. Zoom out, UNMISS Police Commissioner on VIP stand with Honour Guard marching past
21. Zoom out, Group photo

STORYLINE:

Five years ago, Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa arrived in South Sudan as an Individual Police Officer serving with the United Nations to protect civilians and build peace. She rose rapidly through the ranks to become UNMISS’ first female Police Commissioner, leading thousands of officers in the conflict-affected country. On Thursday, she watched with pride and a touch of sadness as her officers performed a special parade of honour to bid her farewell.

SOUNDBITE(English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“My 35-year police career, although challenging, has been the most exciting and enjoyable experience and the last five years in South Sudan, in UNMISS, has been the peak of resilience, hard work, and dedication, the result of which I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

At the time of her appointment in 2018, South Sudan was beginning its transition from war to peace. UN Police were responsible for providing security for around 200,000 displaced people living in UN protection sites. Under her leadership, almost all sites have now successfully transitioned to conventional displacement camps under the responsibility of the Government.

SOUNDBITE(English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I wish to acknowledge everyone, whether in their professional capacity, Individual Police Officers(IPOs) or FPUs (Formed Police Units), for your exemplary service and contribution to the protection of civilians for the people of South Sudan and in building the capacity of our host nation police to be professional, accountable, representative of their population and one that is also trusted. We may not have fully achieved all that needs to be done, but we must take heart of the milestones we have achieved together during our term.”

The Commissioner’s senior officers paid tribute to her support for them, the mission, and people of South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Francis Yiribaare, Police Chief of Operations, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“She has made a lot of distinguished contributions, extraordinary ones, towards the progress of mandate implementation in South Sudan. She’s a woman of timbre and caliber and has touched a good number of us, police officers and senior management, and an overarching effect to the entire mission structure.”

UNMISS has the highest number of female police officers of all peacekeeping missions with women comprising 35 percent of Individual Police Officers and 20 percent of Formed Police Units. But the outgoing Police Commissioner urged her team to continue to be champions for gender parity to further increase female representation.

The occasion was particularly poignant for Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa. Not only does it mark the end of her service with UNMISS, but also her retirement from the Fiji Police Force after 35 years.

SOUNDBITE(English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“As I will fold for the final time, this police uniform at the end of the day, I cherish the thought of my family who has been constant throughout my life – my husband, and children who have supported me wholeheartedly in my quest to break ceilings in my career. My family and support network that have made things possible for me as a working mum and even more.”

The Police Commissioner will soon return to her Pacific home, Fiji, and her loved ones, leaving a legacy of strong and wise leadership and a tangible impact on the lives of the communities she has served.
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