SOUTH SUDAN / MINE AWARENESS

05-Apr-2022 00:03:15
Marking the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, UN mission in South Sudan gathered stakeholders who work tirelessly to create safe grounds for communities. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MINE AWARENESS
TRT: 3:15
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 MAY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / 06 FERUARY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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05 MAY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, International Day of Mine Awareness’s event
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Let me thank all the men and women who, on a daily basis, brave treacherous circumstances to remove explosive ordnance and make our place of work and residence safe, to turn minefields into playing fields. I want to particularly acknowledge the sacrifice of over 5,000 South Sudanese who have been killed or injured owing to the destructive impact of explosive ordnance.”

06 FERUARY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

3. Various shots, Miners inspecting ground

04 MAY 2022, JUBA/SOUTH SUDAN

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jurkuch Barak Jurkuch, Chairperson, National Mine Action Authority:
“Landmines are dangerous to the lives of people, to the environment, they don’t differentiate between those who are aimed for them to stop or to destroy or to kill, but they just kill anybody.”

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5. Various shots, remnants of war

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6. Wide shots, armoured vehicles passing

04 MAY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Our partnership is instrumental in the protection of civilians, supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance, creating a safe and secure environment for the return of displaced people and supporting sustainable development.”

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8. Wide shot, UNMAS and locals walking
9. Various shots, demolition of explosives

04 MAY 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Fran O’ Grady, Chief of Mine Action, UNMAS:
“Here in South Sudan, we’re dealing with explosive remnants of war, so it’s not just mines it’s bombs, it’s all the other contamination and weapons and contamination management. So, these threats affect people’s lives. And the theme of today is ‘Safe Steps. Safe Ground. Safe Home.’ Because that’s what it is. It’s about protecting the girls, boys, women, and men in communities across the country from these dangerous items.”

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11. Various shots, National Mine Action Authority team sensitizing locals

04 MAY 2022, JUBA/SOUTH SUDAN

12. Med shot, student explaining her drawing explaining
13. Wide shot, drawings
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Itta Betty, Eore, Operations and Quality Assurance Assistant:
“I’m so glad we are here today, especially engaging the children is the most important part for me because in South Sudan now, the prevailing incidents are always affecting children. So that’s why we engage them so that they can get the messages.”
15. Wide shot, singing and dancing
16. Wide shot, Trophy awarding to students
STORYLINE
Marking the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, UN mission in South Sudan gathered stakeholders who work tirelessly to create safe grounds for communities to live, earn their livelihoods and educate their children.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:

“Let me thank all the men and women who, on a daily basis, brave treacherous circumstances to remove explosive ordnance and make our place of work and residence safe, to turn minefields into playing fields. I want to particularly acknowledge the sacrifice of over 5,000 South Sudanese who have been killed or injured owing to the destructive impact of explosive ordnance.”

Mine action is critical in clearing the pathway to durable peace across South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jurkuch Barak Jurkuch, Chairperson, National Mine Action Authority:

“Landmines are dangerous to the lives of people, to the environment, they don’t differentiate between those who are aimed for them to stop or to destroy or to kill, but they just kill anybody.”

Landmines and unexploded ordnance continue to pose a daily threat to

Women, children, and men in this young nation, to peacekeepers, and to humanitarians.

UNMISS, therefore, partners closely with its sister organization, UNMAS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Our partnership is instrumental in the protection of civilians, supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance, creating a safe and secure environment for the return of displaced people and supporting sustainable development.”

For its part, UNMAS, together with the National Mine Action Authority is

Leading a proactive and coordinated response to this serious issue.

SOUNDBITE (English) Fran O’ Grady, Chief of Mine Action, UNMAS:
“Here in South Sudan, we’re dealing with explosive remnants of war, so it’s not just mines, it’s bomb, it’s all the other contamination and weapons and contamination management. So, these threats affect people’s lives. And the theme of today is ‘Safe Steps. Safe Ground. Safe Home.’ Because that’s what it is. It’s about protecting the girls, boys, women, and men in communities across the country from these dangerous items.”

Risk education among communities is also an integral part of UNMAS’ work.

This meaningful event involved schoolchildren who demonstrated their knowledge Of the dangers of unexploded ordnance through a painting competition.

SOUNDBITE (English) Itta Betty, Eore, Operations and Quality Assurance Assistant:
“I’m so glad we are here today, especially engaging the children is the most important part for me because in South Sudan now, the prevailing incidents are always affecting children. So that’s why we engage them so that they can get the messages.”

Live music, dancing and prizes for the best painting were some other highlights.
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