SOUTH SUDAN / RELEASE CHILDREN ARMED FORCES

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) took part in the release of eleven children which were affiliated with armed groups in Maridi in the country’s Western Equatoria State. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / RELEASE CHILDREN ARMED FORCES
TRT: 2:48
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 02 MARCH 2018, MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN

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02 MARCH 2018, MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, children associated with armed group getting dressed
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Duach Garang, South Sudan People’s Defense Force:
“We are committed to releasing the children who are in the army. We don’t have any problem, we agree with all that has been said by the UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan]. So we agree with the rights of the child.”
3. Various shots, registration and screening of the children associated with armed groups
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nelson Modi Joseph, Director for the Special Needs group, National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission:
“Our children that are young still have a future. We are committed to see that they should pursue their rights in education, their rights in health and all their rights as a citizen of this nation.”
5. Various shots, registration and screening of the children associated with armed groups.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Clement Mbiko, Programme Officer, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“The children are our passions of concern, and that is why efforts jointly to safeguard the future of our children... It is our collective responsibility to take care of children that have been associated with armed forces or groups. On this occasion, we know that these children have a great future. They have to grow up and be responsible adults.”
7. Various shots, Chief of the UNMISS Child Protection Unit addressing the children
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Orono Orono, Chief of Child Protection Unit, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Through the actions taken by the parties to protect children, South Sudan moved from annex A to annex B, that is for countries that have taken steps to improve the protection of children. Now, if we continue the way we are - first of all there has to be peace.”
9. Wide shot, children with their backpacks filled with “starter kits” to begin their lives as civilians

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) took part in the release of eleven children which were affiliated with armed groups in Maridi in the country’s Western Equatoria State.

Thousands of South Sudanese boys and girls are still affiliated with armed forces or groups. Some of them have been forcibly recruited, others have, with other options looking bleak, chosen to join on their own accord.

The release of the eleven children took place last Wednesday (02 Mar). UNMISS said the boys would now begin their process of reintegration into their communities, where they would go back to school and learn new income-generating skills.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Duach Garang, South Sudan People’s Defense Force:
“We are committed to releasing the children who are in the army. We don’t have any problem, we agree with all that has been said by the UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan]. So we agree with the rights of the child.”

The registering and screening of the children started with the National Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission taking the lead. The process leading to their release has been supported by numerous stakeholders, including the peacekeeping mission and various diplomatic missions based in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nelson Modi Joseph, Director for the Special Needs group, National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission:
“Our children that are young still have a future. We are committed to see that they should pursue their rights in education, their rights in health and all their rights as a citizen of this nation.”

The children were symbolically handed over to the South Sudan National Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission and its partners, who gave them backpacks filled with starter kits needed to resume their lives as civilians. Some of these essentials were clothes, blankets, dignity kits and mosquito nets.

SOUNDBITE (English) Clement Mbiko, Programme Officer, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“The children are our passions of concern, and that is why efforts jointly to safeguard the future of our children... It is our collective responsibility to take care of children that have been associated with armed forces or groups. On this occasion, we know that these children have a great future. They have to grow up and be responsible adults.”

Speaking on behalf of UNMISS, the Chief of its Child Protection Unit, Alfred Orono Orono, stressed that progress has been made to have more children released from armed groups, and that these efforts have been internationally recognized.

Orono said, through the actions taken by the parties to protect children, “South Sudan moved from annex A to annex B, that is for countries that have taken steps to improve the protection of children.” He said, for progress to continue, “first of all there has to be peace.”
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