SOUTH SUDAN / SHEARER UNITY VISIT

12-Jun-2018 00:03:43
The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer paid a two-day visit to the country’s Unity region in order to evaluate the impact of a recent reinforcement of peacekeeping capacity. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SHEARER UNITY VISIT
TRT: 03:43
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 - 12 JUNE 2018, LEER, GANYIEL, PARIENG, SOUTH SUDAN
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11 JUNE 2018, GANYIEL, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, women singing and dancing
2. Various shots, Ruach Kuol nursing a bullet wound in the abdomen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rhoda Nyawika, Ruach Kuol’s mother:
“We were just hiding ourselves under a tree as fighting took place in Rubkway payam (district), in Mayandit County. And a [bullet] just came and [hit] the boy. We don’t know where the [bullet] came from. And people from government came and chased us out of our homes.”
4. Med shot, SRSG David Shearer sitting in Ruach Kuol a victim, with an abdominal bullet wound

12 JUNE 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“A young 11-year-old boy, his name is Ruach, who had been shot through the abdomen. He’s 11 years old… I saw other children there who had also been shot; a young girl who had lost part of her arm.”

11 JUNE 2018, GANYIEL, SOUTH SUDAN

6. Wide shot, SRSG David Shearer and ICRC Nurse walking
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Benny Bosan, Head Nurse, ICRC Ganyiel
“We receive most of the patients with gunshot wounds. Most of our patients are civilians, but we also receive some IO [SPLA in Opposition soldiers]

11 JUNE 2018, LEER, SOUTH SUDAN

8. Various Shots, Leer at temporary operating base

12 JUNE 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

9. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan:
“The situation is still bad. There’s still ongoing fighting, although that seems to have reduced a bit. The numbers of people that are coming to our base for refuge had gone up, but I understand now that a few hundred have just left, so we have around about two thousand people taking refuge with us. But the most appalling thing that I am hearing are the stories from people; what’s happened to them; how they were targeted by soldiers.”

12 JUNE 2018, PARIENG, SOUTH SUDAN

10. Med shot, SRSG David Shearer Handshake with governor of Parieng

11 JUNE 2018, GANYIEL, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Various shots, SRSG David Shearer meeting Governor of Leer and handshake with Commissioner of Ganyiel

12 JUNE 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

13. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“I told them that targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable. It’s one thing to fight against each other for political or strategic military advantage. It’s quite another thing to go into a village and shoot women and children, and burn their houses down. That’s completely unacceptable, under international law of any description. And our feeling is very much that we need to find those responsible, to make sure that impunity does not continue to reign in that area.”

11 JUNE 2018, GANYIEL SOUTH SUDAN

14. Wide Shot, women singing and dancing
STORYLINE
The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer paid a two-day visit to the country’s Unity region in order to evaluate the impact of a recent reinforcement of peacekeeping capacity.

Due to escalation of vilence in the region, some 2,000 people have been displaced in recent weeks.

Eleven-year-old Ruach Matjang Kuol was shot at the end of May. He is now getting treatment at a makeshift medical centre.

SOUNDBITE:(English) Rhoda Nyawika, Ruach Kuol’s mother:
“We were just hiding ourselves under a tree as fighting took place in Rubkway payam (district), in Mayandit County. And a [bullet] just came and [hit] the boy. We don’t know where the [bullet] came from. And people from government came and chased us out of our homes.”

David Shearer visited Ruach and others at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) centre, where more than 40 victims are being treated for bullet wounds.

SOUNDBITE: (English) David Shearer, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan
“A young 11 year-old boy – his name is Ruach – who had been shot through the abdomen. He’s 11 years old… I saw other children there who had also been shot; a young girl who had lost part of her arm.”

The makeshift medical centre run by the ICRC in the opposition-controlled area, is the only medical facility there.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Benny Bosan, Head Nurse, ICRC Ganyiel:
“We receive most of the patients with gunshot wounds. Most of our patients are civilians, but we also receive some iO [SPLA in Opposition soldiers]

The chief of the mission also visited Leer where Ghanaian peacekeepers are guarding a temporary protection area providing sanctuary to some 2000 fleeing civilians.

He visited the area over a month ago and ordered a reinforcement of UN patrols in the area to better protect civilians under threat.

SOUNDBITE: (English) David Shearer, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan
“The situation is still bad. There’s still ongoing fighting, although that seems to have reduced a bit. The numbers of people that are coming to our base for refuge had gone up, but I understand now that a few hundred have just left, so we have around about two thousand people taking refuge with us. But the most appalling thing that I am hearing are the stories from people; what’s happened to them; how they were targeted by soldiers.”

Shearer also met with area governors from both the government and the opposition parties to the conflict.

SOUNDBITE: (English) David Shearer, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan
“I told them that targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable. It’s one thing to fight against each other for political or strategic military advantage. It’s quite another thing to go into a village and shoot women and children, and burn their houses down. That’s completely unacceptable, under international law of any description. And our feeling is very much that we need to find those responsible, to make sure that impunity does not continue to reign in that area.”

The conflict in South Sudan has become more complex since when it first broke out in December 2013. Several ceasefire agreements, including one signed over five months ago, have collapsed. Peace talks facilitated by IGAD, the regional Intergovernmental Authority for Development, have been ending in stalemates, too.
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