SOUTH SUDAN / PEACE RECONCILIATION DEVELOPMENT

20-Apr-2018 00:02:27
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) supports peace, reconciliation and development in Rumbek, the capital of the Lake State, central South Sudan. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PEACE RECONCILIATION DEVELOPMENT
TRT: 02:27
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 APRIL 2018, RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN / 25 FEBRUARY 2018, TALI, TEREKEKA, SOUTH SUDAN
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17 APRIL 2018, RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Med shot, SRSG greeting school girls
2. Close up, school sign
3. Med shot, governor’s speech
4. Med shot, students listening
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dut Makoi Kuok, Western Lakes Minister for Education:
“These children were not in school in these numbers because of revenge killings. Some people used to come from outside trying to kill them so we talked to the United Nations office and, under civilian protection, there was a fence put up. Thank you so much for that.”
6. Med shot, exterior of Dormitory
7. Close up, roofing iron being fixed
8. Wide shot, SRSG looking at the roof from inside
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Cholhok Mayom, Rumbek National Secondary School Student:
“For us girls, when we stay at home, we have a lot of work to do at home and, if we are being guided at the school, we have a place to stay in school. We are being encouraged to read more because when we go home we don’t actually read at home.”
10. Med shot, SRSG in Radio Studio
11. Med shot, radio tower

25 FEBRUARY 2018, TALI, TEREKEKA, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Med shot, cattle grazing
13. Close up, hoof to cow
14. Wide shot, cattles and herders
15. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative Of The Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The problem here is the intercommunal tensions and violence that have claimed the lives of so many people. It is not so much anything to do with the political violence. It is more a continuation of revenge killings and attacks around cattle. We are trying to put a lot of emphasis around reconciliation and trying to build the relationship between these groups so we take away the reason for fighting so that people can get on with farming and tending their livestock.”

17 APRIL 2018, RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN

16. Med shot, man with gun
17. Med shot, SRSG and Governor meet in room
18. Wide shot, Meeting
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Lois Agum Ruben, Western Lakes Acting Governor:
“The disarmament process is good. We are getting people back to their villages to continue with their normal life.”
20. Wide shot, Women singing and dancing
STORYLINE
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) supports peace, reconciliation and development in Rumbek, the capital of the Lake State, central South Sudan.

For the young women of Rumbek, education is a lifeline.

It offers them a chance to escape the cycle of violence in South Sudan and reach their full potential. However, they struggle to learn amidst ongoing conflict and the dire economic situation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dut Makoi Kuok, Western Lakes Minister for Education:
“These children were not in school in these numbers because of revenge killings. Some people used to come from outside trying to kill them so we talked to the United Nations office and, under civilian protection, there was a fence put up. Thank you so much for that.”

UNMISS is also rebuilding a damaged dormitory at the school so that girls have someone safe to stay and study.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Cholhok Mayom, Rumbek National Secondary School Student:
“For us girls, when we stay at home, we have a lot of work to do at home and, if we are being guided at the school, we have a place to stay in school. We are being encouraged to read more because when we go home we don’t actually read at home.”

The Mission is also supporting efforts to bring news to the people of Rumbek by providing solar panels for a local radio station so it can broadcast messages of peace.

About 80 per cent of the population in this region earns a living by raising cattle, which are a source of food for their families and a symbol of wealth and prestige.

However, the scarce water and grazing resources have led to some of the bloodiest conflict in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative Of The Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The problem here is the intercommunal tensions and violence that have claimed the lives of so many people. It is not so much anything to do with the political violence. It is more a continuation of revenge killings and attacks around cattle. We are trying to put a lot of emphasis around reconciliation and trying to build the relationship between these groups so we take away the reason for fighting so that people can get on with farming and tending their livestock.”

Many people in Rumbek own guns to protect their families and livestock. The proliferation of weapons among civilians though has led to many deaths so the Government is undertaking what it calls a voluntary disarmament process.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lois Agum Ruben, Western Lakes Acting Governor:
“The disarmament process is good. We are getting people back to their villages to continue with their normal life.”

A normal and peaceful life is something all the women of Rumbek would welcome as they work towards a better future for themselves and South Sudan.
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