SOUTH SUDAN / EX COMBATANTS

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In line with South Sudan’s efforts to reform its security sector, the first batch of ex-combatants attending the Pilot Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme graduated this week at the Western Bahr el Ghazal training centre. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / EX COMBATANTS
TRT: 3:32
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2013, MAPEL, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Zoom out, President walking down red carpet
2. Med shot, President Inspecting soldiers
3. Med shot, President greeting SRSG
4. Pan right, from local dancers to President
5. Wide shot, President and group viewing exhibit
6. Tilt up, President to electrical table
7. Pan right, from President to Welder and back
8. Tilt up, from goat to ex-combatants
9. Close-up, chicken
10. Close-up, President
11. SOUNDBITE (English/Arabic) General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, South Sudan:
“Through DDR I want to tell you that you are not cast away. Nobody will be thrown out. You are going to do a new work. You are going to a new front. You are not cut away but you are transformed into civilians. Empowered to win the war of Economic. In our Nation.”
12. Wide shot, female ex-combatant receiving certificate
13. Wide shot, male ex-combatant receiving certificate
14. Wide shot, male ex-combatant receiving certificate
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Hilde F. Johnson, SRSG, UNMISS:
“Although this is a Graduation ceremony, it does not mark the end but only the beginning of DDR in South Sudan. This group of ex-combatants will now begin the process of returning to their States and to their communities, with support for their successful social, economic and political reintegration provided at many levels. On behalf of UNMISS, let me assure you all of our continued support for the implementation of DDR in South Sudan.”
16. Wide shot, ex-combatants standing
17. Wide shot, ex-combatants sitting
18. Wide shot, crowd
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Hilde F. Johnson , SRSG, UNMISS:
“We believe the communities are critical to benefit and I want to share just quickly with you that today and this week, we will hand over several facilities to the community here in Mapel that UNMISS has helped construct. A Payam administrator’s office will be handed over to you. A Police Station with a detention cell will be handed over to you as well as a catering center and buildings for a modern market. In addition several shallow wells have been constructed and 4 dedicated wells for use by the local community to ensure potable water as well as agriculture and for watering animals. All these we urge you to take ownership of and to maintain these facilities and make them yours.”
20. Wide shot, catering center
21. Wide shot, interior catering center
22. Wide shot, Payam Administrators office
22. Wide shot, Police Station


STORYLINE:

In line with South Sudan’s efforts to reform it’s security sector, the first batch of ex-combatants attending the Pilot Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) program at the Mapel Purpose built Training Center in Western Bahr el Ghazal graduated on 16 September.

This Pilot DDR program started in May 2012 with some 297 ex-combatants from four surrounding states and they received more than three months of vocational training in Animal Husbandry, Carpentry, Electrical Science, Farming and Gardening, Plumbing, Masonry, Motor Mechanics and Welding.

During the ceremony President Salva Kiir Mayardit told the graduates that they would be key in building the economy of the new State.

SOUNDBITE (English/Arabic) H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, South Sudan:
“Through DDR I want to tell you that you are not cast away. Nobody will be thrown out. You are going to do a new work. You are going to a new front. You are not cut away but you are transformed into civilians. Empowered to win the war of Economic. In our Nation.”

In Peacetime the forces of South Sudan have to be right-sized for the country, so that they can build professional forces that can protect and serve the needs of this new nation. The DDR Programme when it is fully running will cater to all members of the organized forces; Army, Police, Fire Service, Prisons and Wildlife personnel. The participants were given food and housing, health check-ups, lessons in English Literacy and Numeracy, life skills lessons, psychosocial counseling and competency-based vocational work training. DDR trainers will provide participants with new skills needed to build careers and return to their homes as civilians and most importantly, nation builders.

Hilde Johnson Special Representative to the Secretary General in South Sudan said, this day marks a significant milestone in the process of deepening peace and stability in South Sudan, the graduation ceremony for the first caseload of 297 ex-combatants which includes18 women. She also added that, this pilot phase is a key component of the new South Sudan DDR, contributing to the aspirations of building and developing South Sudan’s future.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hilde F. Johnson, SRSG, UNMISS:
“Although this is a Graduation ceremony, it does not mark the end but only the beginning of DDR in South Sudan. This group of ex-combatants will now begin the process of returning to their States and to their communities, with support for their successful social, economic and political reintegration provided at many levels. On behalf of UNMISS, let me assure you all of our continued support for the implementation of DDR in South Sudan.”

The donor funded program run by UNMISS has seen the building of the Training centre, Reinsertion projects to benefit the local community. This includes financial support for the implementing partner UNESCO who provided the training. The running cost of this pilot phase was funded primarily by the German Government and its partner donors. Further technical support for this pilot phase is provided through the World Bank, along with further Reintegration support for the graduates now as they begin to leave the Training Centre in Mapel.

Before leaving the Training Centre the ex-combatants have to complete an intensive business and financial practice course to compliment their vocational training in order to grasp the fundamental issues in setting up small business.

The male and female Graduates, say this is a “new era where we don’t need guns” and are excited to return to their respective communities to play an important part by beginning their new careers.
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