SOUTH SUDAN / WESTERN EQUATORIA IMPACT PROJECTS

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People in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria recently celebrated the handover of six Quick Impact Projects by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to local authorities. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WESTERN EQUATORIA IMPACT PROJECTS
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: VARIOUS DATES AND LOCATIONS, SOUTH SUDAN

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22 MARCH 2021 MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, Mbulaba bridge under construction

21 OCTOBER 2021 MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN

2. Various shots, handover of Mbulaba bridge
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Agnes Leila, citizen of Kwanga village, Western Equatoria:
“Earlier, our children couldn’t cross this stream to go to school. As parents we had to help them cross daily. If a child tries to cross alone, you were afraid that the water will take him or her; they will drown. But now we are thankful to UNMISS for building us this bridge.”

18 OCTOBER 2021 YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

4. Various shots, handover of police post
5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Manday Enoka, Former Police Commissioner, Western Equatoria, South Sudan:
“I recall the good partnership between UNMISS and the government, and in particular the South Sudan National Police Service which [falls under] the Ministry of Interior. These people have been helping the police in different ways, and what we are celebrating here is one of these positive partnerships. We really appreciate them very much because when we look back, we see much has been done in different fields including capacity building and this aspect is development.”

24 OCTOBER 2021 MUNDRI, SOUTH SUDAN

6. Various shots. handover of prison
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tahiru Ibrahim, Protection, Transition and Reintegration Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“At this time, when the peace process seems to be holding, a lot of the populations who were displaced in the early stages of the conflict are beginning to return. And, as they return, they return to broken down social services. They return to broken down homes, they return to almost lack of everything in their places of origin. So, providing these Quick Impact Projects bridges the gap and provide a much-needed conducive environment for these IDPs (internally displaced persons) or refugees to return to their homes of origin. Looking forward, we anticipate that the provision of these six Quick Impact Projects will continue to foster voluntary returns and dignified returns of these IDPs and refugees to their home communities.”

24 OCTOBER 2021 MUNDRI, SOUTH SUDAN

8. Wide Shot, music performance

STORYLINE:

People in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria recently celebrated the handover of six Quick Impact Projects by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to local authorities.

The projects include the Mbulaba bridge, a prison, two police posts, a primary health care unit, and a peace conference center, all of which were constructed by the UN Peacekeeping mission to help foster voluntary returns and reintegration of internally displaced people and refugees.

Local communities appreciated the benefits of such infrastructure creation and called on the government to maintain these structures.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Agnes Leila, citizen of Kwanga village, Western Equatoria:
“Earlier, our children couldn’t cross this stream to go to school. As parents we had to help them cross daily. If a child tries to cross alone, you were afraid that the water will take him or her; they will drown. But now we are thankful to UNMISS for building us this bridge.”

These projects are a much-needed sign of development according to the former police commissioner of Western Equatoria.

SOUNDBITE (English) James Manday Enoka, Former Police Commissioner, Western Equatoria, South Sudan:
“I recall the good partnership between UNMISS and the government, and in particular the South Sudan National Police Service which [falls under] the Ministry of Interior. These people have been helping the police in different ways, and what we are celebrating here is one of these positive partnerships. We really appreciate them very much because when we look back, we see much has been done in different fields including capacity building and this aspect is development.”

For his part, Tahiru Ibrahim, an UNMISS Protection, Transition and Reintegration Officer in Yambio, thanked local authorities as well as community members for their hospitality and cooperation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tahiru Ibrahim, Protection, Transition and Reintegration Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“At this time, when the peace process seems to be holding, a lot of the populations who were displaced in the early stages of the conflict are beginning to return. And, as they return, they return to broken down social services. They return to broken down homes, they return to almost lack of everything in their places of origin. So, providing these Quick Impact Projects bridges the gap and provide a much-needed conducive environment for these IDPs (internally displaced persons) or refugees to return to their homes of origin. Looking forward, we anticipate that the provision of these six Quick Impact Projects will continue to foster voluntary returns and dignified returns of these IDPs and refugees to their home communities.”

UNMISS said it continues to implement such projects in different parts of South Sudan as part of the mission’s ongoing support for a durable peace in the country.
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