SOUTH SUDAN / UNITY STATE LEER CLASHES

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27-Jun-2022 00:05:54
A senior Civil Affairs officer from the United Nations in Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has called for an urgent healing and reconciliation process in South Sudan’s southern Unity State, where gruesome attacks on communities in the area have resulted in deaths, beheadings, sexual violence, and abductions. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UNITY STATE LEER CLASHES
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 SEPTEMBER 2021, LEER, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide Shot, Burnt Tukul, Pilieny
2. Various Shots, Convoy, Pilieny
3. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Nyariey Waithie Kutiek, Displaced Person:
“Many other people were killed in the village and all our property was looted. We ran to this place for protection and to see if we can get something to eat.”
4. Various shots, damages on clinic
5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Paul Ebikwo, UNMISS, UNMISS Civil Affairs, Unity State, South Sudan:
“The Mission has always called for accountability on perpetrators, and we believe that this is something that should not be left to go like that. Let the committee come and investigate and let whoever is culpable be held responsible and accountable for what transpired in Southern Unity. You will recall that this is about the second time that southern Unity is witnessing this kind of problem. Between 2016 and 2018, there were serious issues also in southern Unity, which forced the Mission to also focus on that area, and deploy several programmes and activities to help people heal and reconcile. Those activities were ongoing and were beginning to achieve some degree of success before all of this transpired again and is taking everybody back again to square one.”
6. Med Shot, Wheat Flour Bags, Pilieny Payam
7. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) John Bol Magak, Displaced Person
“Most of the population that was living in this village were civilians. They don’t have any security agent to tell what was going to happen. The attackers came abruptly and attacked the village, they looted and destroyed the clinic as you can see. Many people were killed, women and children were raped. Most of the people have fled from the village and they are hiding in the bushes. They cannot return because of fear.”
8. Wide shot, Herds of Cattle
9. Wide shot, Youths
10. Various shots, People under the tree, Thornyor payam
11. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) James Kuok Gai, Payam Administrator for Thornyor:
“To be frank, we are wondering whether the revitalized peace agreement is in fact being implemented or not, because now our lives are threatened as we do not have peace.”
12. Various shot, Make-shift houses, Apok payam
13. Various shots, Ports and consignments
14. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) James Bichok Gatluak, Administrator, Apok payam:
“As you can see, people are slowing returning to the port after the massive destruction, but they lack a lot of things. The food supplies, medicines, and non-food items for shelter. Any response from the humanitarians will be much appreciated and will motivate more civilians to return. As you know this is the rainy season. If people do get plastic sheets, the rain will come and destroy all the small property they have with them now.”
15. Wide Shot, herd of cattle


STORYLINE:

A senior Civil Affairs officer from the United Nations in Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has called for an urgent healing and reconciliation process in South Sudan’s southern Unity State, where gruesome attacks on communities in the area have resulted in deaths, beheadings, sexual violence, and abductions.

The official also asked that perpetrators to be held accountable, following a recent spate of attacks in the area.

An eerie silence engulfs different locations across South Sudan’s southern Unity State, where hundreds of thousands of residents have fled attacks which took place between February and April. Some 155 people are believed to have been killed in this upsurge of violence.

Human Rights teams from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) patrolling the area, documented that the deceased include 23 children.

The teams also reported 138 incidents of sexual violence, while 26 women and children were abducted.

Nyariey Waithie says her home was burnt to the ground and her immediate family members, killed.


SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Nyariey Waithie Kutiek, Displaced Person:

“Many other people were killed in the village and all our property was looted. We ran to this place for protection and to see if we can get something to eat.”


Besides witnessing numerous burnt down homes, a recent day-long assessment patrol by teams from UNMISS, saw abandoned hospitals, schools and churches lying in ruins in the affected counties of Leer, Mayendit and Koch.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Paul Ebikwo, UNMISS, UNMISS Civil Affairs, Unity state, South Sudan:
“The Mission has always called for accountability on perpetrators, and we believe that this is something that should not be left to go like that. Let the committee come and investigate and let whoever is culpable be held responsible and accountable for what transpired in Southern Unity. You will recall that this is about the second time that southern Unity is witnessing this kind of problem. Between 2016 and 2018, there were serious issues also in southern Unity, which forced the Mission to also focus on that area, and deploy several programmes and activities to help people heal and reconcile. Those activities were ongoing and were beginning to achieve some degree of success before all of this transpired again and is taking everybody back again to square one.”

A humanitarian warehouse with food supplies was looted and aid workers, who could potentially, have mitigated some of the widespread hunger and human suffering, were unable to perform their critical work. In April, a humanitarian worker was killed in Leer when his community was attacked.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) John Bol Magak, Displaced Person:
“Most of the population that was living in this village were civilians. They don’t have any security agent to tell what was going to happen. The attackers came abruptly and attacked the village, they looted and destroyed the clinic as you can see. Many people were killed, women and children were raped. Most of the people have fled from the village and they are hiding in the bushes. They cannot return because of fear.

While UNMISS peacekeepers are on the ground, displaced communities are pondering on the violence.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) James Kuok Gai, Payam Administrator for Thornyor:
“To be frank, we are wondering whether the revitalized peace agreement is in fact being implemented or not, because now our lives are threatened as we do not have peace.”

Recent developments in Adok, a port town and Unity State’s second-largest economic hub, which was attacked in mid-April offers a glimmer of hope. The lifeline for delivery of humanitarian and other supplies has experienced relative calm since then and is now operating minimally, with much needed commodities trickling in by boat.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) James Bichok Gatluak, Administrator, Apok payam:
“As you can see, people are slowing returning to the port after the massive destruction, but they lack a lot of things. The food supplies, medicines, and non-food items for shelter. Any response from the humanitarians will be much appreciated and will motivate more civilians to return. As you know this is the rainy season. If people do get plastic sheets, the rain will come and destroy all the small property they have with them now.”

As tensions continue, increasing humanitarian needs is placing people at further risk.
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