SOUTH SUDAN / TAMBURA DISPLACED POPULATION

16-Jul-2021 00:04:10
Thousands of internally displaced persons in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, have fled for their life following armed attacks. Women, children and the elderly ran for some 14 kilometers and are camped at schools and the church compound in Tambura. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / TAMBURA DISPLACED POPULATION
TRT: 4:10
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 JULY 2021, TAMBURA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shots, displaced persons in Tambura
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karmela Gerio, Displaced person, Tambura:
“I am staying with all my children here at the church. I gave birth just three weeks ago and I am still bleeding, still not feeling well. I can’t go to the hospital and there are no medicines there anyway. Food is a problem. Since the morning, my children have not eaten; they are crying for food but I have no food to give them. I feel faint if I try to stand up and cannot walk. Even if I manage to go back home, I don’t know what will happen to me.”
3. Various shots, displaced persons in Tambura.
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Monica Dominic, Displaced person, Tambura:
“We are suffering with our children. There is no way to go to the farm and collect some food like cassava or its leaves. We really need peace, nothing more, only peace.”
5. Various shots, displaced persons seated
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Leticia Mariano, Human Rights Officer, UNMISS:
“We have a number of persons who are still [unaccounted for] and this is very concerning. IDPs are looking for their husbands, for their fathers, for their sons that have gone missing. Apart from this, we have material damages that is also very concerning. These IDPs, thousands of them have lost everything. [They have] have lost their houses that were burned as you can see here—they are completely burned to the ground. They have lost all their belongings, they have lost their crops, their goats and chickens are roaming freely. They really have to start [life] from zero which is a huge level of trauma and [are] still wondering what happened to their families. So, it is a very concerning situation.”
7. Various shots, displaced persons dividing their food.
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Sali, Displaced Person, Tambura:
“We have been suffering, running from place to place without food, but today I am grateful for the United Nations because they came to our rescue with some food items. I am very happy.”
9. Various shots, displaced persons dividing their food
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Magdelina Casemiro, Displaced Person, Tambura:
“My tukul was burnt down with everything [in it] but today I am happy to receive these food items. My children can eat something today.”
11. Various shots, displaced persons carrying food.
STORYLINE
Thousands of internally displaced persons in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, have fled for their life following armed attacks. Women, children and the elderly ran for some 14 kilometers and are camped at schools and the church compound in Tambura.

People say that they had no choice but to abandon everything they own and run when armed groups descended on their villages, burning their huts and filling the air with gunfire. 36-year-old mother of 13, Karmela Gerio narrated the story of how she escaped the scene while pregnant and due to deliver her baby at any moment.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karmela Gerio, Displaced person, Tambura:
“I am staying with all my children here at the church. I gave birth just three weeks ago and I am still bleeding, still not feeling well. I can’t go to the hospital and there are no medicines there anyway. Food is a problem. Since the morning, my children have not eaten; they are crying for food but I have no food to give them. I feel faint if I try to stand up and cannot walk. Even if I manage to go back home, I don’t know what will happen to me.”

Feeding their children is the primary concern for the displaced community of Tambura since violence erupted last month. They are surviving on the generosity of the local community and are unable to go back to their farms or homes.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Monica Dominic, Displaced person, Tambura:
“We are suffering with our children. There is no way to go to the farm and collect some food like cassava or its leaves. We really need peace, nothing more, only peace.”

UNMISS Human Rights Officer Leticia Mariano is part of the team on the ground investigating such incidents and reveals that peacekeepers are intensifying patrols in and around Tambura to prevent any further violence.

SOUNDBITE (English) Leticia Mariano, Human Rights Officer, UNMISS:
“We have a number of persons who are still [unaccounted for] and this is very concerning. IDPs are looking for their husbands, for their fathers, for their sons that have gone missing. Apart from this, we have material damages that is also very concerning. These IDPs, thousands of them have lost everything. [They have] have lost their houses that were burned as you can see here—they are completely burned to the ground. They have lost all their belongings, they have lost their crops, their goats and chickens are roaming freely. They really have to start [life] from zero which is a huge level of trauma and [are] still wondering what happened to their families. So, it is a very concerning situation.”

Humanitarian agencies headed by World Food Programe are verifying numbers of displaced people and have provided food assistance to affected families.

SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Sali, Displaced Person, Tambura:
“We have been suffering, running from place to place without food, but today I am grateful for the United Nations because they came to our rescue with some food items. I am very happy.”

For Magdelina as well, humanitarian aid from the United Nations has ensured that her children can finally do not need to sleep hungry.

SOUNDBITE (English) Magdelina Casemiro, Displaced Person, Tambura:
“My tukul was burnt down with everything [in it] but today I am happy to receive these food items. My children can eat something today.”
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