SOUTH SUDAN / KOCH TRUST FUND

01-Nov-2019 00:03:31
A new trust fund established by UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and donor countries is providing new hope to residents by supporting a series of projects to be carried out by non-governmental organizations to enable people to return safely and live with dignity. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / KOCH TRUST FUND
TRT: 3:32
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: NUER /ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 OCTOBER 2019, KOCH, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1.Various shots, children singing
2. Aerial shot, Koch view
3. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Mary Nyakuaikoch, Koch Resident:
“Some people ran away for their safety, for their lives. They went with their kids and left their belongings behind. When they came back, they found everything looted.”
4. Wide shot, children singing along road as vehicle convoy drives through
5. Various shots, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS David Shearer engaging with traders in market area
6. Wide shot, exterior of hospital
7. Wide shot, hospital linen hanging out on line
8. Pan shot, location of meeting with local authorities as delegation arrives
9. Wide shot, shaking hands with authorities
10. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“It is an incredibly poor area and this is partly the reason why we have conflict here. A lot of people have moved out of this area and moved to our POC (Protection of Civilians) camp. If we can put services here and start developing the area, then we know that people from the POC will come back here. So, one part of the project for example that we are trying to do here with the trust fund is to build a secondary school. People here really value education but there are very few secondary schools available so having that here will help cement the reconciliation and reduce the conflict because people will be focused on making sure their children are going to school.”
11. Wide shot, meeting under tree
12. Various shots, ambulance
13. Pan shot, women at meeting
14. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“My feeling very, very strongly is that these people want peace more than anything else. The two sides are obviously working together here, they are visiting each other, they are talking to each other. They don’t want to go back to war and we are told this over and over. But they will if their leaders in Juba say go to war. So my message is people here are desperate for peace and the leaders need to make sure they look to resolve conflict not by fighting but through democratic and reconciliation.”
15. Various shots, women dancing
16. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Mary Nyakuaikoch, Koch Resident:
“I am very excited that there is going to be peace. Women are not going to be running around carrying their kids and getting sick in the bush. They have good medical services, they have schools for their kids to go to and so many other services coming into the community.”
17. Wide shot, children walking
STORYLINE
A new trust fund established by UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and donor countries is providing new hope to residents by supporting a series of projects to be carried out by non-governmental organizations to enable people to return safely and live with dignity.

The children of Koch are celebrating the opportunity of a new life – one of dignity and opportunity where they can access all the basic things they need to survive and thrive.

Food, water, healthcare and education are in short supply in the town of Koch in South Sudan, which has been devastated by a five-year civil war.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Mary Nyakuaikoch, Koch Resident:
“Some people ran away for their safety, for their lives. They went with their kids and left their belongings behind. When they came back, they found everything looted.”

A revitalized peace deal has bought relative calm to the area, giving hundreds of displaced families the confidence to return. But there is little to sustain them. Only a few stalls are open in the market with a minimal amount of produce for sale. The local hospital is lovingly cared for but the rooms are bare of equipment. The secondary school remains closed.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“It is an incredibly poor area and this is partly the reason why we have conflict here. A lot of people have moved out of this area and moved to our POC (Protection of Civilians) camp. If we can put services here and start developing the area, then we know that people from the POC will come back here. So, one part of the project for example that we are trying to do here with the trust fund is to build a secondary school. People here really value education but there are very few secondary schools available so having that here will help cement the reconciliation and reduce the conflict because people will be focused on making sure their children are going to school.”

The trust fund will also rehabilitate the hospital, rebuild the court system, support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, rehabilitate roads and markets and help women establish businesses. Peacekeeping patrols will deter violence while peace rallies will bring the community together.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“My feeling very, very strongly is that these people want peace more than anything else. The two sides are obviously working together here, they are visiting each other, they are talking to each other. They don’t want to go back to war and we are told this over and over. But they will if their leaders in Juba say go to war. So my message is people here are desperate for peace and the leaders need to make sure they need to look to resolve conflict not by fighting but through democratic and reconciliation.”

Brutalized by the conflict, the women of Koch crave peace.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Mary Nyakuaikoch, Koch Resident:
“I am very excited that there is going to be peace. Women are not going to be running around carrying their kids and getting sick in the bush. They have good medical services, they have schools for their kids to go to and so many other services coming into the community.”

They are looking forward to a better life where their children get the chance to reach their full potential and the community can enjoy a peaceful and prosperous future.
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