SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED RETURNS

20-Mar-2018 00:03:09
A two-day seminar kicked off in South Sudan’s capital Juba, with participants hearing that guns must first fall silent as to enable a safe, voluntary, and dignified return of displaced people to their homes. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED RETURNS
TRT: 03:09
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / KUKU / NATS

DATELINE: 15-16 MARCH 2018, KAJO KEJI, SOUTH SUDAN / 20 MARCH 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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16 MARCH 2018, KAJO KEJI, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, destroyed market
2. Various shots, Burnt houses

15 MARCH, 2018 KAJO KEJI, SOUTH SUDAN

3. Various shots, burnt village
4. SOUNDBITE (Kuku) Mila Poni, Displaced Kako Keji:
“I have just come and found our houses are burnt. We are just here wandering about. Whenever we find a house which is not burnt, we just clean it, then we stay in. We did not bring our children with us, because we are thinking of coming here to farm.”

16 MARCH 2018, KAJO KEJI, SOUTH SUDAN

5. Various shots, Empty Market
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of Field Office in Juba, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“All over that we see was the most destructions – houses are breaking in and people are taking whatever the goods behind left and are taking to Moyo (refugee Camp in Uganda) in the IDP camps and they describe the situation in IDP camps are also very horrible, because there is not much of enough food, there is not much of health facilities, they are afraid to go to the hospitals in the Moyo IDP camp, so they also suffer the life in the area.”

20 MARCH 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

7. Wide shot, participants at a two-day seminar
8. Wide shot, national and State officials seated at table
9. Wide shot, participants at seminar
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Muhumure, Head of Relief, Reintegration and Protection, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Guns must go silent. Guns must go silent for people to feel safe, to feel able to return, and this is a responsibility of all of us and all South Sudanese.”
13. Wide shot, participants
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Kwesi Parker, Deputy Representative, UNHCR:
“It would be premature to expect large scale solutions including return at the current stage as the overall situation is not yet conducive for that.”
15. Various shots, participants at seminar
16. Close up, participant writing on note-pad
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Manase Lomole, Chairperson of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission:
“I want to appeal to all our people and to our government and to our nation that we must choose peace. Let s choose peace in our hearts, in our families, in our hearts, in our communities and in our country, then, and only then, can we transform this country. Then and only then, can we assure people that they will not be subjected to another episode of running away from their own homes.”

16 MARCH 2018, KAJO KEJI, SOUTH SUDAN

18. Various shots, empty Kajo Keji town
STORYLINE
The market in Kajo Keji lies in ruins. Homes have been burnt to the ground.

Having just voluntarily returned home and nowhere to stay, Mila Poni is being forced to move from house to house for shelter.

She is among over two million displaced South Sudanese who have in the last few years, lived either in refugee camps or have been internally displaced since conflict erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013.

Poni has come home to a ghost town, and is unsure what her next steps are after having seen this large scale destruction of what remains of her hometown.

SOUNDBITE (Kuku) Mila Poni, Displaced Kako Keji:
“I have just come and found our houses are burnt. We are just here wandering about. Whenever we find a house which is not burnt, we just clean it, then we stay in. We did not bring our children with us, because we are thinking of coming here to farm.”

She and others have been contemplating that returning home is the best thing for them.

SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of Field Office in Juba, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“All over that we see was the most destructions – houses are breaking in and people are taking whatever the goods behind left and are taking to Moyo (refugee Camp in Uganda) in the IDP camps and they describe the situation in IDP camps are also very horrible, because there is not much of enough food, there is not much of health facilities, they are afraid to go to the hospitals in the Moyo IDP camp, so they also suffer the life in the area.”

For Poni and millions of others to return, national and state authorities in the country have been challenged on the need to create a conducive environment, and protection for their people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Muhumure, Head of Relief, Reintegration and Protection, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Guns must go silent. Guns must go silent for people to feel safe, to feel able to return, and this is a responsibility of all of us and all South Sudanese.”

At a two-day seminar aimed at raising awareness on enabling conditions for the return of displaced people, about 100 participants drawn from both national and state institutions, as well as UN agencies and international organizations, heard that promoting solutions for the return of displaced, needs to be a planned process, with displaced being part of the decision making.

SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Kwesi Parker, Deputy Representative, UNHCR:
“It would be premature to expect large scale solutions including return at the current stage as the overall situation is not yet conducive for that.”

Speaking to at the Juba event, where Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Agencies and other stakeholders are meeting to discuss settlement of internally displaced people and returnees who are voluntarily returning to their homes, the Chairperson of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, pleaded for peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Manase Lomole, Chairperson of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission: “I want to appeal to all our people and to our government and to our nation that we must choose peace. Let s choose peace in our hearts, in our families, in our hearts, in our communities and in our country, then, and only then, can we transform this country. Then and only then, can we assure people that they will not be subjected to another episode of running away from their own homes.”

It is hoped that pleas from citizens like Poni, and those at the helm who are asking for peace, will pave the way for the much needed peace in the country so that millions of displaced can soon, voluntarily, return home and start rebuilding their lives with support from various initiatives.
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