SOUTH SUDAN / ROAD REHABILITATION

07-Apr-2021 00:04:30
Many areas in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, have been unreachable during the rainy season, but the UN Mission through its Bangladeshi engineering battalion are now rehabilitating the road from Yambio to Mundri. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / ROAD REHABILITATION
TRT: 04:30
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 19 NOVEMBER 2020, MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN / 15th MARCH 2021, MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN / 18 MARCH 2021, MUNDRI, SOUTH SUDAN / 25 MARCH 2021, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN
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19 NOVEMBER 2020, MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various Shots, UN peacekeepers on patrol

18 MARCH 2021, MUNDRI, SOUTH SUDAN

2. Various shots, Bangladeshi engineers rehabilitating Yambio-Mundri road

25 MARCH 2021, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Yambio Head of Field Office, UNMISS:
“When the road is down as it was for a significant portion of last year, it was taking two to three months to get supplies. There was a period when over a hundred trucks were stuck on that road, prices of commodities in Yambio have gone high and the lives of the people were really in dire straits. So, the improvement of the road will improve access for the communities and make life better.”

18 MARCH 2021, MUNDRI, SOUTH SUDAN

4. Various shots, Yambio-Mundri road
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Richard Enoka, Motorcyclist:
“Big thanks to UNMISS, now I am able to ride my motorcycle between Mambe and Maridi in one hour and a half instead of three or even four hours. If it rains the road will be muddy and many things will happen on that road.”

15 MARCH 2021, MARIDI, SOUTH SUDAN

6. Various shots, construction of bridge
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Henry Frazer, Representative, Kuwanga Village:
“The bridge will be important for our women delivering babies as well because ambulances will be able to reach our village.”
8. Various shots, construction of bridge
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Agnes Leila, Resident, Kuwanga village:
“This stream has been a problem for so long. When it’s full we can’t cross it, our produce can’t be transported, and our children can’t go to school. We have even lost some children to the stream.”
10. Various shots, construction of bridge

25 MARCH 2021, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Yambio Head of Field Office, UNMISS:
“One of the key things that we are looking for is the return of the internally displace persons as well as refugees who are out of the country. Their ability to return in safety and dignity to their areas will be a socioeconomic benefit, and in itself be a part of the peace dividend in South Sudan.”

18 MARCH 2021, MUNDRI, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Tracking shots, rehabilitated road
STORYLINE
Many areas in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, have been unreachable during the rainy season, but the UN Mission through its Bangladeshi engineering battalion are now rehabilitating the road from Yambio to Mundri.

Bad road infrastructure is one of the challenges peacekeepers experience while going on patrols in South Sudan, particularly during the rainy season. Typically, it takes about two days to drive the 230 km stretch of road from Yambio to Mundri.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Yambio Head of Field Office, UNMISS:
“When the road is down as it was for a significant portion of last year, it was taking two to three months to get supplies. There was a period when over a hundred trucks were stuck on that road, prices of commodities in Yambio have gone high and the lives of the people were really in dire straits. So, the improvement of the road will improve access for the communities and make life better.”

The progress made so far is already benefitting thousands of people.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Richard Enoka, Motorcyclist:
“Big thanks to UNMISS, now I am able to ride my motorcycle between Mambe and Maridi in one hour and a half instead of three or even four hours. If it rains the road will be muddy and many things will happen on that road.”

Along the same route, as a Quick Impact Project, the peacekeeping mission is funding the construction of a new bridge connecting Maridi to villages with significant agricultural output.

Local community members are grateful, as produce will be able to reach the market and residents will be able to access basic services.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Henry Frazer, Representative, Kuwanga Village:
“The bridge will be important for our women delivering babies as well because ambulances will be able to reach our village.”

Agnes Leila, a Kuwanga resident, can’t wait for the bridge to be in place.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Agnes Leila, Resident, Kuwanga village:
“This stream has been a problem for so long. When it’s full we can’t cross it, our produce can’t be transported, and our children can’t go to school. We have even lost some children to the stream.”

The improved road and the new bridge will have a massive impact on several vital areas in this region.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Yambio Head of Field Office, UNMISS:
“One of the key things that we are looking for is the return of the internally displace persons as well as refugees who are out of the country. Their ability to return in safety and dignity to their areas will be a socioeconomic benefit, and in itself be a part of the peace dividend in South Sudan.”

The road work begun in January and is expected to reach Yambio in May.
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