SOUTH SUDAN / BUNJ ATTACK REAX

08-Aug-2018 00:03:24
The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer said he was “horrified” by violent attacks and the looting of the humanitarian compounds in the town of Bunj on 23 July. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / BUNJ ATTACK REAX
TRT: 03:24
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 08 AUGUST 2018, BUNJ, UPPER NILE, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shots, medical drugs destroyed
2. Wide shot, burned tukul
3. Wide shot, Shearer standing next to burnt tukul
4. Various shots, burned and destroyed vehicles
5. Wide shot, destroyed building
6. Med shot, destroyed doors of staff’s accommodations
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amman Mohammed, Manager, Relief International Area:
“Two minutes after my staff left the compound, people started to enter our compound and, as you saw on the visit to the compound, they have destroyed everything, all the medicines that we had for the nine health facilities in the host community have been destroyed. They just took them from the warehouse, they smashed them into the ground and also took all the assets that we have in the Relief International compound.”
8. Various shots, destroyed computer center
9. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“I’m horrified, really angry. These people were here to help the refugees, more than 140,000 people in desperate need who came from Sudan, but not only the people that have come here, UNHCR and the aid agencies that were here, were here to help the local population that were hosting the refugees. They’ve spent more than $84 million on the local population, their hospitals, the health centres, their water system, their education and this is how they reward that sort of effort. I think it’s disgusting and I will be taking it up with the government when I see them.”
10. Various shots, Shearer meeting government officials
11. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“The police must have known, the military, the SPLA must have known and yet they did nothing to try and stop it so were they in collusion and in cooperation with the youth or did they just decide they didn’t want to be involved and stood back and let it happen.”
12. Various shots, burned office of the World Food Program
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nyango Yassin Weita, Acting County Commissioner:
“I’m quite sure it will not repeat itself again because the culprits are being arrested. The Government is very serious to take accountability against whoever was involved in this incident.”
14.Wide shot, UNHCR compound
STORYLINE
The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer said he was “horrified” by violent attacks and the looting of the humanitarian compounds in the town of Bunj on 23 July.

Life-saving medication litters the ground across the Relief International compound in Bunj, a town in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan.

At nearby humanitarian agencies, offices and tukuls have been burnt to the ground, the windows of dozens of vehicles have been smashed while others were torched. The homes of aid workers were also targeted by hundreds of demonstrators who invaded compounds across the town, causing mass destruction during a violent rampage on July 23.

SOUNDBITE (English) Amman Mohammed, Manager, Relief International Area:
“Two minutes after my staff left the compound, people started to enter our compound and, as you saw on the visit to the compound, they have destroyed everything, all the medicines that we had for the nine health facilities in the host community have been destroyed. They just took them from the warehouse, they smashed them into the ground and also took all the assets that we have in the Relief International compound.”

UNMISS peacekeepers intervened to prevent further violence by firing warning shots into the air and to provide protection for humanitarians.

The Head of the Mission and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan David Shearer visited the area to see the destruction first-hand.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“I’m horrified, really angry. These people were here to help the refugees, more than 140,000 people in desperate need who came from Sudan, but not only the people that have come here, UNHCR and the aid agencies that were here, were here to help the local population that were hosting the refugees. They’ve spent more than $84 million on the local population, their hospitals, the health centres, their water system, their education and this is how they reward that sort of effort. I think it’s disgusting and I will be taking it up with the government when I see them.”

As the Designated Official responsible for the security of all UN personnel in South Sudan, David Shearer raised the violent attacks with authorities, demanding they hold perpetrators to account and ensure the future safety of humanitarian workers.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“The police must have known, the military, the SPLA must have known and yet they did nothing to try and stop it so were they in collusion and in cooperation with the youth or did they just decide they didn’t want to be involved and stood back and let it happen.”

After the violent attacks, hundreds of humanitarian workers were relocated to the capital Juba with about 60 remaining on the ground to provide urgent assistance. Local authorities acknowledge the impact of the attacks.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nyango Yassin Weita, Acting County Commissioner:
“I’m quite sure it will not repeat itself again because the culprits are being arrested. The Government is very serious to take accountability against whoever was involved in this incident.”

Shearer however, said that it would not be business as usual in the area for some time given the level of destruction, need to rebuild infrastructure and lingering security concerns.
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