SOUTH SUDAN / FOOTBALL AND PEACE

17-Jul-2019 00:03:20
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) built a football field for the local community on the outskirts of Juba town, aiming to unite people for peace through sports. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / FOOTBALL AND PEACE
TRT: 03:20
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

STHOTLIST:
1.Various shots, football game
2. Various shots, school children watching game
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Uhuru Peter Okimo, Football Player
“This football ground is going to promote peace in my community in a way that we, as a community; we are going to send letters; we are going to have a lot of football competitions with various communities. And we are going also to do some training. Not us alone, even the school communities would also be training here. And that brings us together. And this this can make us interact. You know it football there’s interaction, people interact with each other, and that’s the good thing with this pitch.”
4. Various shots, people playing football
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Sande, Football Player
“My hope is that I am going to train harder and harder so that I will be at the national level. One day my dream is to play for the national team, and with the help of this playground, I think I am going to make it. And thanks to the people who constructed it.”
6. Various shots, students watching
7. SOUNDBITE (English): Christopher Ladu, Chairman of Kor Romla Football Club for Sports Culture and Social Activities
“Sports is a positive factor in the activity of the society. Based on the situation of our country, South Sudan, because of the politics that has dirtied our country, people are scattered, and to group these people to come into co-existence, all this has to come through sports. Sports will play a very great role. As you can see in our team, we have already a football team on the ground.”
8. Various shots, sporting items being handed to team
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Brigadier General Eugene Nkubito, Sector Juba Commander:
“Such projects will be a foundation of peace in the Republic of South Sudan. This kind of support to the local sports club will not only have physical benefits of playing sports and being active, but also the mental health benefits to the people as well.”
10. Various shots, children watching the game

STORYLINE:

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) built a football field for the local community on the outskirts of Juba town, aiming to unite people for peace through sports.

A much-awaited football match kicks off on the outskirts of Juba town.

Two teams from the same club are playing against each other and are testing their pitch. It’s a newly constructed pitch, and it has come alive because of help from peacekeepers from Thailand and Nepal, who work for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Players who have had the challenge of playing on rough grounds, and have also been unable to play well during the rainy season, cannot hide their excitement about the possibilities the well-levelled football pitch offers for their club which has been in existence for four years now.

SOUNDBITE (English) Uhuru Peter Okimo, Football Player
“This football ground is going to promote peace in my community in a way that we, as a community; we are going to send letters; we are going to have a lot of football competitions with various communities. And we are going also to do some training. Not us alone, even the school communities would also be training here. And that brings us together. And this this can make us interact. You know it football there’s interaction, people interact with each other, and that’s the good thing with this pitch.”

For the footballers, the pitch will keep them busier than usual as they look towards improving their skills.

SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Sande, Football Player
“My hope is that I am going to train harder and harder so that I will be at the national level. One day my dream is to play for the national team, and with the help of this playground, I think I am going to make it. And thanks to the people who constructed it.”

Happily watching the first match, members of the community hope to set aside their differences as they cheer the teams engaging in the games.

SOUNDBITE (English): Christopher Ladu, Chairman of Kor Romla Football Club for Sports Culture and Social Activities
“Sports is a positive factor in the activity of the society. Based on the situation of our country, South Sudan, because of the politics that has dirtied our country, people are scattered, and to group these people to come into co-existence, all this has to come through sports. Sports will play a very great role. As you can see in our team, we have already a football team on the ground.”

Alongside the help received grading the football pitch, the peacekeepers also put up a volleyball area and gave various sporting items to the community.

SOUNDBITE (English) Brigadier General Eugene Nkubito, Sector Juba Commander:
“Such projects will be a foundation of peace in the Republic of South Sudan. This kind of support to the local sports club will not only have physical benefits of playing sports and being active, but also the mental health benefits to the people as well.”

For the youth who have taken to the pitch, and future generations of the 3,000-member community, this seems like just the beginning of bigger things to come.
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