SOUTH SUDAN / VIOLATIONS AGAINST CHILDREN

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02-Feb-2022 00:04:29
Over 80 paramount chiefs from across South Sudan have been targeted to help end and prevent grave violations against children in armed conflict through capacity building workshops - a collaborative effort between the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s Child Protection Unit, UNICEF, and South Sudan’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) body. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / VIOLATIONS AGAINST CHILDREN
TRT: 04:29
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 01 FEBRUARY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, chiefs and UN personal in the hall
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sara Beysolow Nyanti, Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and Resident Coordinator in South Sudan:
“Development for this country begins at the community. It is at the community level that the traditional leaders can play a critical role for fostering peace by ensuring that at the community level there is peace for children to go to school, peace for children to grow, for them to thrive, for them to reach their fullest development potential. You are very important for the children of South Sudan. It is important for us to stress here that although we are discussing the issues of grave violations - talking about killing, talking about maiming, abductions, rapes, attacks of schools, on hospitals, we are talking about all these grave violations, at the end of the day, we are talking about the future of South Sudan.”
3. Wide shot, chiefs listening
4. Med shot, chiefs sitting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Achouth, Executive Director, Vice President, Gender:
“The role of chiefs in this country is more important. And the government of South Sudan is aware. During the time of the liberation struggle the chiefs of South Sudan played a great role mobilizing the youth to fight for the independence of South Sudan, and that is why we have South Sudan today. If we didn’t have you as chiefs, we would not have a country called South Sudan. But with you now, your voice is heard, and that is why we have peace today again in South Sudan. Therefore, the issue of children with you we believe the child rights violations will stop, because every community we have, we have the chiefs in the payams, in the counties, and in the bomas, and nobody will come there and do anything without your information. If you take this information well as our chiefs, we know South Sudan will change in terms of child rights violations, and once we achieve this, we will have a great country.”
6. Wide shot, chiefs in the hall
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mawan Chol, Paramount Chief:
“The UN is saying we chiefs e can protect our villages. If there is any political leader who comes to us and says that they he wants children to follow them to go and fight, we chiefs have the right say no, because we do not want our children to fight. What we need are roads, schools, clean water, and hospitals. These are what we need to talk about. Chiefs have no right to mobilize children to go and fight against another community.”
8. Close up, chief looking
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hamida Lasseko, Country Representative South Sudan, UNICEF:
“We look upon you as our traditional leaders, and your leadership, to support the change and the transformation and to promote the protection of the most vulnerable particularly the children and we expect that also for the women, the elderly and the disabled.”
Wide shot, chief talking

STORYLINE:

Over 80 paramount chiefs from across South Sudan have been targeted to help end and prevent grave violations against children in armed conflict through capacity building workshops - a collaborative effort between the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s Child Protection Unit, UNICEF, and South Sudan’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) body.

The three-day knowledge and skills building workshops, which kicked off in the capital Juba on Tuesday (1 Feb), will build on a government led Action Plan signed in early 2020 aimed at ending and preventing six grave violations against children in armed conflict in the country.

Armed forces and groups countrywide have already received trainings and have gone through awareness raising activities to help the effective implementation of the Action Plan.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in South Sudan, Sara Beysolow Nyanti, highlighted the importance of reaching out to paramount chiefs.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sara Beysolow Nyanti, Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and Resident Coordinator in South Sudan:
“Development for this country begins at the community. It is at the community level that the traditional leaders can play a critical role for fostering peace by ensuring that at the community level there is peace for children to go to school, peace for children to grow, for them to thrive, for them to reach their fullest development potential. You are very important for the children of South Sudan. It is important for us to stress here that although we are discussing the issues of grave violations - talking about killing, talking about maiming, abductions, rapes, attacks of schools, on hospitals, we are talking about all these grave violations, at the end of the day, we are talking about the future of South Sudan.”

Paramount chiefs have played a historical role since colonial times and continue to exercise their power at the community level.

SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Achouth, Executive Director, Vice President, Gender:
“The role of chiefs in this country is more important. And the government of South Sudan is aware. During the time of the liberation struggle the chiefs of South Sudan played a great role mobilizing the youth to fight for the independence of South Sudan, and that is why we have South Sudan today. If we didn’t have you as chiefs, we would not have a country called South Sudan. But with you now, your voice is heard, and that is why we have peace today again in South Sudan. Therefore, the issue of children with you we believe the child rights violations will stop, because every community we have, we have the chiefs in the payams, in the counties and in the bomas, and nobody will come there and do anything without your information. If you take this information well as our chiefs, we know South Sudan will change in terms of child rights violations, and once we achieve this, we will have a great country.”

In an interview, one of the chiefs acknowledged their influence is far reaching, and they can help protect children.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mawan Chol, Paramount Chief:
“The UN is saying, us chiefs can protect our villages. If there is any political leader who comes to us and says that they he wants children to follow them to go and fight, we chiefs have the right say to no, because we do not want our children to fight. What we need are roads, schools, clean water, and hospitals. These are what we need to talk about. Chiefs have no right to mobilize children to go and fight against another community.”

With a plea that child rights are important, and despite the challenges of ongoing intercommunal clashes, UNICEF country Director called on the paramount chiefs to advocate to protect the most vulnerable.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hamida Lasseko, Country Representative South Sudan, UNICEF:
“We look upon you as our traditional leaders, and your leadership, to support the change and the transformation and to promote the protection of the most vulnerable particularly the children and we expect that also for the women, the elderly and the disabled.”

After the Juba based workshops, it is hoped that there will be an outreach to other locations, and that participants will recognize, prevent and respond to child rights violations in a timely way; exchange experiences on prevention and response to child protection concerns; identify clear roles and responsibilities at the community level towards the implementation of the Action Plan, and engage more with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) towards fostering the Protection of Civilian’s mandate.
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