SOUTH SUDAN / CHILDREN RIGHTS

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01-Dec-2023 00:03:49
In the capital of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, Yambio, children marched, danced, performed dramas and recited powerful poetry while handing over their petition demanding better protection of their rights as they marked World Children’s Day, globally commemorated on 20 November every year. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / CHILDREN RIGHTS
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 01 DECEMBER 2023, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, Students marching on the streets of Yambio town
2. Various shots, Music dance
3. Various shots, Drama presentation
4. Various shots, signing of petition.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Princes Ippai, Student, Yambio, Western Equatoria
“Every child in the community needs to know their rights in relation to child marriage laws and policies. [The] government should make people in school and college aware of the bad effects of child marriage. The government should ensure also that people who are involved with child marriage face strict punishment and let people know about the punishment. Why are [we] worried? We are worried because child marriage only offers deprivation, disempowerment, violence, and slavery. Affected girls usually drop out of school, depriving them of learning and economic opportunities later in life.”
6. Med shot, UNMISS Head of Field Office and State minister of Education seated
7. Wide shot, student seated
8. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, Head of Field Office, UNMISS Western Equatoria:
“Implementing the Revitalized Peace Agreement fully means implementing it not just in letter and spirit but also with all the political will and the commitment to ensure a bright and prosperous future in peace and security for the future of South Sudan. And that means implementing it with the children of South Sudan. I would like to remind all the leaders that they only hold their positions in trust and, therefore, must act only for the wellbeing and benefit of the true owners of the nation, which is the people, and particularly the children.”
9. Various shots, students seated
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Grace Apollo, state Minister of General Education and Western Equatoria:
“I don’t see much dropouts this year and [among] those who sat for the exam, girls were more than boys, which shows that girls are doing better, there is improvement in terms of education.”
11. Various shots, UNPOL singing with students


STORYLINE:
In the capital of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, Yambio, children marched, danced, performed dramas and recited powerful poetry while handing over their petition demanding better protection of their rights as they marked World Children’s Day, globally commemorated on 20 November every year.

Braving a light drizzle, hundreds of schoolchildren walked the streets demanding their rights to proper education, to protection, to food, and other basic needs.

In a country where child marriage is a commonplace, the day’s theme, ‘End Child Marriage,’ resonates with what these children want, like this 16-year-old who aspires to be a doctor.

SOUNDBITE (English) Princes Ippai, Student, Yambio, Western Equatoria: “Every child in the community needs to know their rights in relation to child marriage laws and policies. [The] government should make people in school and college aware of the bad effects of child marriage. The government should ensure also that people who are involved with child marriage face strict punishment and let people know about the punishment. Why are [we] worried? We are worried because child marriage only offers deprivation, disempowerment, violence, and slavery. Affected girls usually drop out of school, depriving them of learning and economic opportunities later in life.”
For the United Nations, there’s no better time to reinforce the need for upholding child rights.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, Head of Field Office, UNMISS Western Equatoria: “Implementing the Revitalized Peace Agreement fully means implementing it not just in letter and spirit but also with all the political will and the commitment to ensure a bright and prosperous future in peace and security for the future of South Sudan. And that means implementing it with the children of South Sudan. I would like to remind all the leaders that they only hold their positions in trust and, therefore, must act only for the wellbeing and benefit of the true owners of the nation, which is the people, and particularly the children.”

Local authorities, too, have seen firsthand the trauma visited on children through repeated conflict cycles.

SOUNDBITE (English) Grace Apollo, state Minister of General Education and Western Equatoria: “I don’t see much dropouts this year and [among] those who sat for the exam, girls were more than boys, which shows that girls are doing better, there is improvement in terms of education.”

Underage marriage is common in South Sudan and the leading contributor to the fact that girls continue to be behind the curve when it comes to education and equal opportunities to succeed in life.
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