SOUTH SUDAN / YAMBIO LIVELIHOOD TRAINING

19-Aug-2022 00:03:42
More than 50 returnees and internally displaced persons from Greater Tambura in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, recently benefited from a livelihood skills training sponsored by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in partnership with Anika Women’s Association, a local not-for-profit. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YAMBIO LIVELIHOOD TRAINING
TRT: 03:42
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 21 JULY 2022/19 AUGUST 2022, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN
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21 JULY 2022, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, livelihood training taking place in Yambio
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ngbapai Lilian, displaced person, Yambio:
“The fighting caught me in Tambura and I have seen a lot of bad things. My relatives died—my sister, my uncle—then I decided to escape to Yambio. When I heard about this training for displaced persons, I decided to join. The training is of great benefit to me and my family. I already know how to make soap, lotions and shampoos [cosmetics]. With this [knowledge] I will be starting my [own] business.”
3. Various shots, livelihood training taking place in Yambio

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Arkangelo, returnee, Yambio:
“Truly, I believe that is going to help me in my life and my community because [of] the experience that I have got now on modern bee keeping. I know that I have the knowledge already and I will go to my community and implement it and extend the knowledge to the rest who didn’t get the training because I know bee keeping is a source of income now for me. I will go and make the boxes; if God wishes I [will] harvest them. Honey is very expensive in South Sudan. When I put [sell] in [the] market, one jerrycan is now for 25 SSP [South Sudanese Pounds] [50USD].”

19 AUGUST 2022, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

5. Various shots, awarding of certificates during graduation
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head of Field Office, UNMISS Yambio:
“This project will support the social economic development in Yambio municipality and the county in Western Equatoria state, and therefore, will help recovery and development in South Sudan. It is also a programme that builds resilience of communities for them to be able not only to sustain but also to move forward into recovery and [ a situation] where the communities are able to support themselves.”
7. Various shots, graduates dancing
STORYLINE
More than 50 returnees and internally displaced persons from Greater Tambura in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, recently benefited from a livelihood skills training sponsored by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in partnership with Anika Women’s Association, a local not-for-profit.

This training activity was special because participants have all suffered tremendously in last year’s massive outbreak of conflict in the greater Tambura region which left tens of thousands displaced, while many others were killed and injured.

The three-month skill-building session was part of the UN Peacekeeping mission’s ongoing efforts to usher in reconciliation and help communities rebuild their lives.

It included intensive sessions on cosmetic-making, bee keeping, conflict mitigation and financial management.

The aim of these seemingly diverse work streams: To encourage entrepreneurship, ensure economic stability and enable participants to become ambassadors for peace and progress.
28-year-old Ngbapai Lilian, a mother of two who lost her husband during the conflict in Tambura, is a beneficiary of the livelihood training.

SOUNDBITE [Arabic] Ngbapai Lilian, displaced person, Yambio:
“The fighting caught me in Tambura, and I have seen a lot of bad things. My relatives died—my sister, my uncle—then I decided to escape to Yambio. When I heard about this training for displaced persons, I decided to join. The training is of great benefit to me and my family. I already know how to make soap, lotions and shampoos [cosmetics]. With this [knowledge] I will be starting my [own] business.”

Another trainee is returnee Vincent Arkangelo who returned to South Sudan in 2021 only to once again be caught up in a cycle of violence in Tambura. Despite the hardships he’s endured, Vincent holds gratitude for the efforts made by international friends such as UNMISS and has learned beekeeping, which he hopes, will enable him to improve the lives of his children.

SOUNDBITE [English] Vincent Arkangelo, returnee, Yambio:
“Truly, I believe that is going to help me in my life and my community because [of] the experience that I have got now on modern bee keeping. I know that I have the knowledge already and I will go to my community and implement it and extend the knowledge to the rest who didn’t get the training because I know bee keeping is a source of income now for me. I will go and make the boxes; if God wishes I [will] harvest them. Honey is very expensive in South Sudan. When I put [sell] in [the] market, one jerrycan is now for 25 SSP [South Sudanese Pounds] [50USD].”

For its part, UNMISS believes that this project is a driver for durable peace and beneficiaries will become advocates for stability and progress.

SOUNDBITE [English Christopher Murenga, Head of Field Office, UNMISS Yambio:
“This project will support the social economic development in Yambio municipality and the county in Western Equatoria state, and therefore, will help recovery and development in South Sudan. It is also a programme that builds resilience of communities for them to be able not only to sustain but also to move forward into recovery and [ a situation] where the communities are able to support themselves.”

The effects of conflict in Tambura can still be seen with many people still seeking refuge within displaced people’s camps.
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