SOUTH SUDAN / POC SITES DISPLACED POPULATION

18-Nov-2020 00:03:18
As violence has reduced following a ceasefire, peace agreement and formation of a new unity government in South Sudan, UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) gradually transitioned some Protection of Civilians sites to conventional displacement camps under Government control. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / POC SITES DISPLACED POPULATION
TRT: 3:18
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 NOVEMBER 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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FILE – UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, displaced people walking in POC with belongings
2. Wide shot, military police controlling traffic in POC
3. Wide shot, displaced children
4. Wide shot, pan of POC settlement
5. Various shots, food distribution in POC

17 NOVEMBER 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

6. Wide shot, SRSG UNMISS at Press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“I am pleased to report that, so far, this process has gone smoothly. The displaced communities have been open to the change despite some initial concerns and are now working closely with local authorities and the South Sudan National Police Service – who are being strongly supported by UNPOL – along with continued services provided by humanitarians.”

FILE – UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

8.Various shots, displaced in POC

17 NOVEMBER 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

9. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“The Government now has sovereign responsibility for the sites as it does with many other IDP camps across the country. Our UNPOL officers are co-located with SSNPS at the Yei checkpoint outside the new IDP camps and we are planning to expand the police post there to provide better law enforcement for all residents, not only IDPs, but all residents in the area.”

FILE – UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

10. Various shots, POC site
11. Various shots, force Protection Unit troops on patrol in POC

17 NOVEMBER 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

12. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“As you know, our approach to the protection of civilians is about being proactive, about being nimble, and being robust. We have a responsibility to protect those who need protection the most. That means we need to relocate our troops and staff who facilitate reconciliation and peacebuilding into areas of tension, and hopefully address that tension before conflict erupts.”

FILE – UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

13. Wide shot, troops in vehicle on patrol in POC
STORYLINE
As violence has reduced following a ceasefire, peace agreement and formation of a new unity government in South Sudan, UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) gradually transitioned some Protection of Civilians sites to conventional displacement camps under Government control.

Tens of thousands of people fled to the UN base in Juba when conflict erupted in South Sudan in 2013. The peacekeeping mission opened its gates and gave them sanctuary in what are known as Protection of Civilians sites (POCs). Many lives were saved as a result.

Seven years later, the situation has changed with political violence significantly reducing following a ceasefire, peace agreement and formation of a new unity government.

POC residents move freely between the camps and towns to work, shop and go to school. Many say that they stay at the sites to access humanitarian aid rather than because of protection concerns. In response, UNMISS has gradually transitioned some sites to conventional displacement camps under Government control, including in Wau and Bor.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“I am pleased to report that, so far, this process has gone smoothly. The displaced communities have been open to the change despite some initial concerns and are now working closely with local authorities and the South Sudan National Police Service – who are being strongly supported by UNPOL – along with continued services provided by humanitarians.”

The latest site to be re-designated is in the capital Juba, after a long, careful planning process with humanitarians and in consultation with national and local government, security services, and the displaced community.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“The Government now has sovereign responsibility for the sites as it does with many other IDP camps across the country. Our UNPOL officers are co-located with SSNPS at the Yei checkpoint outside the new IDP camps and we are planning to expand the police post there to provide better law enforcement for all residents, not only IDPs, in the area.”

UNMISS facilitated the signing of an agreement between former POC residents and neighbouring communities that they will live together peacefully and is assisting with trust and confidence-building meetings between the IDPs, security forces, and political leaders.

The Government has committed to ensuring no-one will be forced to leave the camps and humanitarian services will continue.

The re-designation has allowed UNMISS to gradually withdraw troops from static duties at the sites where there is no threat so they can be redeployed to conflict hotspots where people’s lives are in real danger.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“As you know, our approach to the protection of civilians is about being proactive, about being nimble, and being robust. We have a responsibility to protect those who need protection the most. That means we need to relocate our troops and staff who facilitate reconciliation and peacebuilding into areas of tension, and hopefully address that tension before conflict erupts.”

Throughout the coming dry season, peacekeepers will be located in new temporary bases or carry out long duration patrols to places like Manyabol, Likongule, Duk Padiat, Yuai, and Waat where tensions between communities are high.

Troops and civilian staff will work together with local communities to deter violence, promote reconciliation, and build peace so families get the opportunity they deserve to rebuild their lives.
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