SOUTH SUDAN / NAGERO DISPLACED COMMUNITY

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A UN peacekeeping helicopter flies over the town of Nagero in Western Equatoria State transporting a delegation of four bishops from the South Sudan Council of Churches who are travelling to the area to share messages of solidarity, hope and peace with displaced families who fled violence in Tambura. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / NAGERO DISPLACED COMMUNITY
TRT: 03:47
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 DECEMBER 2021, NAGERO, SOUTH SUDAN / 14 DECEMBER YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

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12 DECEMBER 2021, NAGERO, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Aerial shots, Nagero, Western Equatoria
2. Various shots, bishops arriving in Nagero
3. Various shots, IDP camp in Nagero
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Joyce Peter, displaced person:
“Some of my neighbors were killed so I decided run here with my children, leaving my husband behind. While staying here, we are starving. We don’t even have utensils. We are also suffering from sickness and there are no medicines at the hospital here in Nagero. Sometimes we can get some medicines, like paracetamol, maybe two or three tablets. If it doesn’t help, then we opt for traditional medicines [herbs]. While staying here, even water is a problem.”
5. Various shots, Bishops speaking to people at the IDP camp in Nagero
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Dr. Arkanjelo Wani Lemi, South Sudan Council of Churches:
“We have come that we may be able to, not only, listen to them but pray with them. We have come that we may restore hope because people in this kind of situation who have left their homes, hopelessness seems to be looming, and so we have come to encourage them, and we have come to pray with them. We have come to give them counsel and to advise them really to live in harmony with one another and to seek peace as the best option and dialogue as the best option and just resonating with one another.”
7. Various shots, IDP camp cookware and shelters

14 DECEMBER 2021 YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stella Abayomi, UNMISS Civil Affairs Officer:
“So for UNMISS, we continue to go to these communities. We continue to sensitize the communities on peace. We continue to also look at how they are living. What are their affairs? What are those things that they think can get them back to normalcy and what are those things that they expect that the community, civil society, even UNMISS, should do to help them get back to a normal life. So, we continue to go to those areas to assure the communities, build their confidence and gradually they are beginning to get back.”

12 DECEMBER 2021, NAGERO, SOUTH SUDAN

9. Various shots, Nagero IDP camp

STORYLINE:

A UN peacekeeping helicopter flies over the town of Nagero in Western Equatoria State transporting a delegation of four bishops from the South Sudan Council of Churches who are travelling to the area to share messages of solidarity, hope and peace with displaced families who fled violence in Tambura.

Their situation is dire. They have no access to clean water, food, hospitals, or schools for their children. Their clothes are threadbare and torn. Mother of six, Joyce Peter, walked for four days to escape the fighting in early June, finding at least some form of safety in Nagero.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Joyce Peter, displaced person:
“Some of my neighbors were killed so I decided run here with my children, leaving my husband behind. While staying here, we are starving. We don’t even have utensils. We are also suffering from sickness and there are no medicines at the hospital here in Nagero. Sometimes we can get some medicines, like paracetamol, maybe two or three tablets. If it doesn’t help, then we opt for traditional medicines [herbs]. While staying here, even water is a problem.”

Retired Bishop, Arkanjelo Wani Lemi, said the religious leaders are standing in solidarity with the local community.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Dr. Arkanjelo Wani Lemi, South Sudan Council of Churches:
“We have come that we may be able to, not only, listen to them but pray with them. We have come that we may restore hope because people in this kind of situation who have left their homes, hopelessness seems to be looming, and so we have come to encourage them, and we have come to pray with them. We have come to give them counsel and to advise them really to live in harmony with one another and to seek peace as the best option and dialogue as the best option and just resonating with one another.”

It’s difficult to find hope in this situation. People have nothing. Shelters are made of sticks tied together. The lucky ones have some thatching to provide shade from the searing sun.

When the conflict began, UNMISS rapidly responded by establishing a temporary operating base in Tambura to provide a protective presence, deter violence and build peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Stella Abayomi, UNMISS Civil Affairs Officer:
“So for UNMISS, we continue to go to these communities. We continue to sensitize the communities on peace. We continue to also look at how they are living. What are their affairs? What are those things that they think can get them back to normalcy and what are those things that they expect that the community, civil society, even UNMISS, should do to help them get back to a normal life. So, we continue to go to those areas to assure the communities, build their confidence and gradually they are beginning to get back.”

The peacekeeping mission will continue to work in partnership with faith-based leaders and all other stakeholders to help these communities end the conflict and find peace so that they can rebuild their lives and look forward to a better future.
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