SOUTH SUDAN / SUE CANTONMENT

06-Nov-2019 00:02:44
A joint monitoring and verification team comprised from UN officials and various South Sudan’s stakeholders found no child soldiers or abducted women at a military cantonment site located in the south west of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria area. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SUE CANTONMENT
TRT: 2:44
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 2 NOVEMBER 2019, SUE, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, convoy driving though bush
2. Med shot, convoy driving through water-logged areas
3. Wide shot, UNMISS peacekeeper directing convoy
4. Wide shot, vehicle stuck in the mud
5. Close up, wheel in mud
6. Wide shot, convoy passing by
7. Wide shot, delegation walking
8. Wide shot, SPLM/A-iO women walking by
9. Med shot, verification team
10. Various shots screening process
11. SOUNDBITE (English), Magloire Agoua, Child Protection Officer, UNMISS:
“The message we are passing across is: please let’s protect the children; it is part of the UNMISS mandate which is protection of children and protection of civilians – not only the children or boys, [but] also women, as we are here for that same mission.”
12. Various shots, verification process
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Philip Ghazy Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission:
“We have been trying [with] all the teams to see if we can get the type of group we are looking for. But we [couldn’t] get one, we [didn’t find] a child here [or] even a woman who has been abducted. The women we got here are wives of the forces here and even the children we got here are children of the army here. After making a lot of consultation with different groups.”
14. Various shots, women in parade
15. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Lt. General Alfred Fitio Karaba Malis, SPLM/A IO Sector Commander Western Equatoria:
“Thank God they are here, and we are here in Sue cantonment site. We searched and did not find anyone abducted. No woman abducted. All chiefs are here with us, and the citizens are here, too.”
16. Wide shot, SPLM/A iO forces on parade
17. Med shot, SPLM/A iO forces on parade
STORYLINE
A 60-mile (100 km) journey from Yambio town takes a convoy through the thick forests of Western Equatoria region. After about five hours, mostly on bad roads, potholes full of water, the convoy arrived at its destination in Sue.

In the convoy is a joint verification team composed of officials from South Sudan’s government military, several opposition groups, representatives of South Sudan’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission, and officials from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

They are on their way to verify allegations of children and women associated with armed conflict within the main opposition group, the SPLM/A-iO forces at the Sue cantonment site, located in the northern part of Yambio town.

This cantonment site was established in early August as part of the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, signed in September 2018.

About 491 armed forces on parade, including 441 women, are being screened to verify whether there are any children, boys, girls or women who have joined the force against their will. A child protection officer from UNMISS is among those in the verification team.

SOUNDBITE (English) Magloire Agoua, Child Protection Officer, UNMISS:
“The message we are passing across is: please let’s protect the children; it is part of the UNMISS mandate which is protection of children and protection of civilians – not only the children or boys, [but] also women, as we are here for that same mission.”

This parade provides a good opportunity for the joint verification team to do its work, as it interacts with the forces.

SOUNDBITE (English) Philip Ghazy Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission:
“We have been trying [with] all the teams to see if we can get the type of group we are looking for. But we [couldn’t] get one, we [didn’t find] a child here [or] even a woman who has been abducted. The women we got here are wives of the forces here and even the children we got here are children of the army here. After making a lot of consultation with different groups.”

A senior military official from SPLM/A-in Opposition denied the allegations leveled against him, that he recruited children and abducted women.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lt. General Alfred Fitio Karaba Malis, SPLM/A IO Sector Commander Western Equatoria:
“Thank God they are here, and we are here in Sue cantonment site. We searched and did not find anyone abducted. No woman abducted. All chiefs are here with us, and the citizens are here, too.”

The verification team on the ground hopes to visit other areas across South Sudan. They have now put out an appeal for information sharing regarding any allegations on violations of children’s and women’s rights.
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