SOUTH SUDAN / POLICE STATION

11-Sep-2020 00:04:31
For years, local police in Terekeka, Central Equatoria, operated from a tent under a tree while chaining detainees in the open air. Now, this community has received a much-needed boost through a small infrastructure project funded by UNMISS, a new police station. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / POLICE STATION
TRT: 04:31
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

DATELINE: 05 SEPTEMBER 2020, TEREKEKA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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05 SEPTEMBER 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Pan right, tent, large tree and in the background, new police station
2. Wide shot, local police and UNMISS officials going to look at shack
3. Wide shot, officials emerging from shack
4. Tracking shot, officials walking towards tent
5. Various shots, officials inside of tent
6. Wide shot, Terekeka Police Commissioner shaking hands with lady police officer
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Major-General Abednego Akol, Terekeka Police Commissioner
“We are supposed to deliver services for the community to maintain peace and order and we cannot do this without a conducive environment, which is an office.”
8. Various shots, run-down tent office
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of Field Office, Central Equatoria, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“When my first visit to Terekeka was maybe six months after I joined, I visited Terekeka. And the first thing I saw were prisoners, detainees chained to a tree. Under the same tree where they once chained people, we have now constructed a police station. Much more dignity for human beings.”
10. Pan right, police brass-band playing
11. Various shots, area governor and UN officials approaching to cut ribbon
12. Med shot, ribbon being cut
13. Wide shot, delegation approaching inside courtyard
14. Various shots, delegation inside room
15. Various shots, dancers
16. Various shots, community members at handover event listening
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“The purpose of this police station is to contribute to the rule of law in South Sudan. The police is at the starting point of the justice chain. If the police is going to work with the community, is accessible to the community, then the community can come forward and report, and know that the security are there – and know that law and order will also be addressed.”
18. Wide shot, exterior of police station courtyard
19. Pan right, empty office
20. SOUNDBITE (English) James Tsok Bot, Head of Relief Reintegration and Protection:
“We try to fill in the gaps that exist that no other development partner is able to support and where the government itself may not have adequate resources to cover. So, this is a gap filling measure and those rule-of-law administration of justice systems particularly improve and enhance security and aid return of people or they help to stabilize communities from insecurity.”

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21. Various shots, renovated police station in another region
22. Med shot, officials cutting ribbon
STORYLINE
For years, local police in Terekeka, Central Equatoria, operated from a tent under a tree while chaining detainees in the open air. Now, this community has received a much-needed boost through a small infrastructure project funded by UNMISS, a new police station.

In this county some two hours away from the capital city, Juba, the justice system was broken by years of war and community in-fighting. In the absence of a police station, suspects had to be chained to a tree, while the local police operated out of a tent nearby.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major-General Abednego Akol, Terekeka Police Commissioner
“We are supposed to deliver services for the community to maintain peace and order and we cannot do this without a conducive environment, which is an office.”

The lack of support and infrastructure was demoralizing for the local police and detrimental to the overall law and order situation here. Therefore, UNMISS stepped in and collaborated with the South Sudan National Police Services as well as state authorities in Central Equatoria to build a police station, under its Quick Impact Projects Programme.

SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of Field Office, Central Equatoria, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“When my first visit to Terekeka was maybe six months after I joined, I visited Terekeka. And the first thing I saw were prisoners, detainees chained to a tree. Under the same tree where they once chained people, we have now constructed a police station. Much more dignity for human beings.”

The handover of the building took place on 5 September 2020. And was a joyous occasion, with song, dance and much fanfare.

SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“The purpose of this police station is to contribute to the rule of law in South Sudan. The police is at the starting point of the justice chain. If the police is going to work with the community, is accessible to the community, then the community can come forward and report, and know that the security are there – and know that law and order will also be addressed.”

In 2020, UNMISS has constructed seven police stations, including Terekeka, across South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) James Tsok Bot, Head of Relief Reintegration and Protection:
“We try to fill in the gaps that exist that no other development partner is able to support and where the government itself may not have adequate resources to cover. So, this is a gap filling measure and those rule-of-law administration of justice systems particularly improve and enhance security and aid return of people or they help to stabilize communities from insecurity.”

The mission’s involvement with such projects does not end with the infrastructure; it will continue to monitor and build capacities of local law enforcement personnel.
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