SOUTH SUDAN / WAR IMPACT SURVEY

16-May-2019 00:02:03
A new public opinion survey has revealed the staggering impact of war on the people of South Sudan, showing that 79 percent of the population have experienced the death or displacement of a family member. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WAR IMPACT SURVEY
TRT: 2:03
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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15 MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various Shots, Press conference

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2. Track shot, Convoy
3. Wide shot, Displaced people

15 MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. SOUNDBITE (English), David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“This perhaps comes as no surprise to people in this country who have suffered through the past six years of war and humanitarian suffering, but it is a staggering number of people who have had direct impact of somebody in their family dying.”

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5. Wide shot, Armour vehicles and women
6. Med Shot, Mother with kids

15 MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

7. SOUNDBITE (English), David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“It demonstrates the pain and suffering that people have gone through in terms of loss of life and displacement. It demonstrates the absolute desire and optimism for peace next year and the fact that the situation is improved. But it does put, I believe, the focus very much on the leaders to ensure that peace is delivered.”
8. Various shots, Press conference

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9. Med Shot, Protection of civilian site
10. Back Shot, Armour vehicle
11. Wide Shot, Displaced people with gun in a foreground

15 MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Various Shots, Press conference
STORYLINE
A new public opinion survey has revealed the staggering impact of war on the people of South Sudan, showing that 79 percent of the population have experienced the death or displacement of a family member.
Twenty-two percent reported that more than 15 of their family members had been forced to flee their homes during the conflict.

SOUNDBITE (English), David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“This perhaps comes as no surprise to people in this country who have suffered through the past six years of war and humanitarian suffering, but it is a staggering number of people who have had direct impact of somebody in their family dying.”

Despite that hardship, the survey found optimism remains high and that 89 percent of South Sudanese believe that it is likely that there will be durable peace in the war-ravaged country by the end of this year.

SOUNDBITE (English), David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“It demonstrates the pain and suffering that people have gone through in terms of loss of life and displacement. It demonstrates the absolute desire and optimism for peace next year and the fact that the situation is improved. But it does put, I believe, the focus very much on the leaders to ensure that peace is delivered.”

The survey, commissioned by UNMISS, asked 2300 people across the country about the security situation, the prospects for peace and the performance of UNMISS in protecting civilians and building durable peace.

Seventy percent feel the current security situation in South Sudan is either very or somewhat safe while 28 percent felt they were still not safe. Eighty percent felt the security situation was either much better or better than a year ago and only five percent felt it was worse or much worse.

UNMISS also used the survey to measure its own performance with 72 percent reporting they feel either much safer or a little bit safer because of the presence of peacekeepers. In terms of protecting civilians, 67 percent thought UNMISS was doing a better job now than a year ago and, overall, 83 percent thought UNMISS’ performance was either very or somewhat positive.
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