SOUTH SUDAN / MINE RISK AWARENESS

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In South Sudan’s Upper Nile and the extreme north of Jonglei states, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) carried out a mine risk awareness session to educate vulnerable communities who are living under the threat of anti-personnel mines. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MINE RISK AWARENESS
TRT: 05:59
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 29-30 MARCH 2022, MALAKAL, CANAL, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, mine action staff riverine trip to Canal island
2. Wide shot, Canal residential area
3. Wide shot, meeting with the commissioner of Pigi county in Canal island
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nyok Malual Mayik, County Commissioner, Pigi, South Sudan:
“They [deminers] told us to relocate the citizens from the affected area because they want to clear [demine] the place. Unfortunately we were [not] able to carry out the operation because the place was flooded with water. Now that the water has subsided [dried] and if work is ready then we can be able to relocate the people.”
5. Various shot, Mine and local officials on tour of the island
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Iveta Havlickova, Mine Action Field Coordinator, Upper Nile
“We are here today to see if we able to deploy our team finally to support these people and to clear the land where there are anti-personnel mines. Once we clear [secure] they will be able to plant some plants [crops] and to have some kind of food. Otherwise, the rest of the land here is flooded all the year and this is the only area which is suitable for them”.
7. Various shot, people in distribution center and mine awareness session
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Fran O’Grady, Chief, Mine Action, UNMAS:
“Right now, we are really in[to] solutions, more to try and fix and figure out how we could get here and help these tremendously resilient people, particularly [their] lives and livelihood and also to bring back [a] very clear message that the commissioner, the executive director and the chief [local] and the county coordinator [relief] said about the needs here are bigger. Mine [action is] only one part of that need; [there] is food, protection, medical [and] access.”
9. Wide shot, of a signpost in Canal island
10. Various shot, mine action chief talking to a cattle camp head man around Malakal
11. Wide shot, at the site a class of mine awareness session
12. Med shot, a boy milks a cow
13. Close up, fresh cow milk
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Fran O’ Grady, Chief, Mine Action, UNMAS:
“UNMAS is part of the UNMISS, [the peacekeeping] mission here in South Sudan. So we coordinate with all other partners as well—the NGOs, civil society and the head of the mission to integrate returnees in all the different areas; protection and so on [to] support the people of South Sudan”.
15. Various shots, mine awareness sessions
16. Panel discussion female deminers and integrated field staff in Malakal
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Agenorwot Sharon, Medical Staff, Safe Lane Global-SLG MAT4:
“We move from place to place, we go for patrols, we support missions; some say [that] you are the only lady who is there among male [colleagues] but to me I think though it’s a challenge but it’s also a pride”.
18. Wide shot, a female deminer in full operation gear.

STORYLINE:

In South Sudan’s Upper Nile and the extreme north of Jonglei states, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) carried out a mine risk awareness session to educate vulnerable communities who are living under the threat of anti-personnel mines.

Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) scattered in areas of past fighting still poses a danger to communities staying near such zones.

Travelling by road and river, UNMAS field staff move to meet communities who need their help.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nyok Malual Mayik, County Commissioner, Pigi, South Sudan:
“They [deminers] told us to relocate the citizens from the affected area because they want to clear [demine] the place. Unfortunately, we were [not] able to carry out the operation because the place was flooded with water. Now that the water has subsided [dried] and if work is ready then we can be able to relocate the people.”

UNMAS works with national and local authorities to support people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Iveta Havlickova, Mine Action Field Coordinator, Upper Nile:
“We are here today to see if we able to deploy our team finally to support these people and to clear the land where there are anti-personnel mines. Once we clear [secure] they will be able to plant some plants [crops] and to have some kind of food. Otherwise, the rest of the land here is flooded all the year and this is the only area which is suitable for them.”

The Chief of Mine Action in South Sudan, Fran O’ Grady, during his visit to Canal island saw an urgent need for people here to receive food, shelter, protection and to be free from the dangers of mines.

SOUNDBITE (English) Fran O’ Grady, Chief, Mine Action, UNMAS:
“Right now, we are really in[to] solutions, more to try and fix and figure out how we could get here and help these tremendously resilient people, particularly [their] lives and livelihood and also to bring back [a] very clear message that the commissioner, the executive director and the chief [local] and the county coordinator [relief] said about the needs here are bigger. Mine [action is] only one part of that need; [there] is food, protection, medical [and] access.”

Visiting a cattle camp south of Malakal, Mr. O’Grady discussed with the cattle camp leaders’ ways to help them move safely.

SOUNDBITE (English) Fran O’ Grady, Chief, Mine Action, UNMAS:
“UNMAS is part of the UNMISS, [the peacekeeping] mission here in South Sudan. So we coordinate with all other partners as well—the NGOs, civil society and the head of the mission to integrate returnees in all the different areas; protection and so on [to] support the people of South Sudan.”

There are very few female deminers in South Sudan but Agenorwot Sharon says she feels immense pride supporting people doing this difficult but life-saving job.

SOUNDBITE (English) Agenorwot Sharon, medical staff, Safe Lane Global-SLG MAT4:
“We move from places to places we go for patrols, we support mission some you see [that] you are the only lady who is there among male [colleagues] but to me I think though it’s a challenge but it’s also a pride.”
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