SOUTH SUDAN / YOUTH SUICIDE

10-Oct-2018 00:03:20
South Sudan is seeing a rise in suicides and suicide attempts following nearly five years of a brutal civil war that has forced 2 million people to flee into neighbouring countries and 1.9 million to become internally displaced. UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations have started a campaign called Operation Hope to prevent suicides and help survivors. UNHCR
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YOUTH SUICIDE
TRT: 3:20
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: MAY 12-14, 2018 / JUNE 01, 2017 / MAY 31, 2017 / MAY 10, 2014, MALAKAL, BOR & BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN
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MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN, MAY 13, 2018

1 Close up, James looking on
2. Med shot, James looking on standing at his doorstep
3. Med shot, James walking with his family
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“They were looting phones, laptops and money. They raped women in front of their mothers and fathers. That’s why I decided to run from the town.”
5. Med shot, James’s looking disturbed
6. Med shot, James seated in his house alone.

MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN, MAY 12, 2018

7. Wide shot, James walking with his family
8. Wide shot, James standing in street
9. Med shot, view of people through barbed wire fence
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“When I wasn’t able to feed my family, I felt so disillusioned. I was very worried and stressed. I blamed myself. I would come home drunk and quarrel with my wife.”
11. Wide shot, James standing looking out at camp
12. Close up, James face
13. Med shot, James walking into his house
14. Med shot, James standing
15. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“It’s difficult to survive in the camp. When I came here, I was so lonely. I realised drinking was not solving my problems. I decided to kill myself. My friend came, forced the door open and rescued me.”
16. Med shot, James squatting on a mound of soil
17. Close up, James’s face and neck
18. Med shot, James standing in the doorway of his house.

BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN, MAY 31, 2017

19. Wide shot, people walking in camp
20. Wide shot, general view of Protection of Civilian (POC) site
21. Med shot, general view of POC site
22. Wide shot, Alfred Kolubah, UNHCR Field Officer talking to young man
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Kolubah, Field Officer, UN refugee agency (UNCHR):
“The economic situation remains a serious challenge for them.”
24. Med shot, men sitting together
25. Close up, man’s face
26. SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Kolubah, Field Officer, UN refugee agency (UNCHR):
“They are not moving freely about like they did before the war and they are just stuck here. They see life as the end with the current situation they find themselves.”

MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN, MAY 14, 2018

27. Wide shot, boys playing soccer in the camp
28. Wide shot, James singing with other youth
29. Close up, James singing with other youth

MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN, MAY 12, 2018

30. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“Life can be challenging but it can also be good. You can be happy or sad. But you should not lose hope.”

BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN, JUNE 01, 2017

31. Med shot, woman sitting alone
32. Med shot, woman holding baby

MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN, MAY 12, 2018

33. Med shot, James playing with his son
34. Med shot, James talking to his wife
STORYLINE
South Sudan is seeing a rise in suicides and suicide attempts following nearly five years of a brutal civil war that has forced 2 million people to flee into neighbouring countries and 1.9 million to become internally displaced.

UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations have started a campaign called Operation Hope to prevent suicides and help survivors. Experts believe the negative effect of fighting in South Sudan on civilians’ mental health has been staggering.

James Jafar survived only after a friend intervened. He now volunteers with Operation Hope, speaking to young people in his community and encouraging them to seek help and not to lose hope.

James Jafar lost everything when fighting began in his hometown, Malakal in South Sudan. He and his family fled, seeking refuge in the United Nations Protection of Civilians’ (POC) site. But he struggled to cope. With no job, he was unable to make a living and was soon overwhelmed with anxiety and despair. He attempted to commit suicide but was rescued by a friend.

James is haunted by memories of South Sudan’s war. Four years ago, he and his family were forced to flee.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“They were looting phones, laptops and money. They raped women in front of their mothers and fathers. That’s why I decided to run from the town.”

They found refuge in a UN compound inside the country. They were safe, but with few jobs and only basic necessities. They felt trapped.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“When I wasn’t able to feed my family, I felt so disillusioned. I was very worried and stressed. I blamed myself. I would come home drunk and quarrel with my wife.”
Overcome with despair, he attempted suicide.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“It’s difficult to survive in the camp. When I came here, I was so lonely. I realised drinking was not solving my problems. I decided to kill myself. My friend came, forced the door open and rescued me.”

James’s suicide attempt is part of a larger crisis. Over 4 million people have been displaced since war began in 2013. Over 200,000 are living in UN sites inside South Sudan.
UNHCR and partners are reaching out to young people like James to prevent suicide.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Kolubah, Field Officer, UN refugee agency (UNCHR):
“The economic situation remains a serious challenge for them and they are not moving freely about like they did before the war and they are just stuck here. They see life as the end with the current situation they find themselves.”

Counseling and awareness programs are making a difference. James now volunteers, helping others in despair find a better way to cope.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Jafar, Internally Displaced Person:
“Life can be challenging but it can also be good. You can be happy or sad. But you should not lose hope.”

In a country in a state of crisis. those affected need even more support to rebuild their lives and restore their dignity.
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