SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL VIOLENCE

12-Sep-2022 00:02:33
Recent violence has displaced thousands in Upper Nile in South Sudan, leading to an influx of newly displaced persons at the UN Protection Site in Malakal. Against this backdrop, UNMISS Force Commander Mohan Subramanian made his maiden visit to Malakal and Kodok. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL VIOLENCE
TRT:2:34
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 8-10 SEPTEMBER 2022, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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FILE – UNMISS

1. Wide shot, displaced people crossing through floods
2. Wide shot, displaced people walking at the POC camp
3. Pan shot, Malakal POC site
4. Wide shot, Malakal POC site
5. Wide shot, displaced people carrying their belongings, Bentiu POC site
6. Wide shot, armored vehicles

9 SEPTEMBER 2022, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

7. Wide shot, Force Commander with his entourage at Kodok airfield

8 SEPTEMBER 2022, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

8. Med Shot, Force Commander shaking hands with peacekeepers

10 SEPTEMBER 2022, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohan Subramanian, Force Commander, UNMISS
“As soon as the violence took place there was immediately a riverine patrol which was sent to the area, which I think, helped control the situation and also rescued some people who had nearly drowned in the river. And also, we could send a message that the UN force is here, which I’m sure helped in sort of stemming the violence. Whatever we do, we’re doing it together as one mission here – the Field Office, the Force, the Sector Headquarters, as well as the humanitarians. We’re trying to do things together to give confidence to all concerned.”

8 SEPTEMBER 2022, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

10. Various shots, presentation by Bangladeshi Troop

10 SEPTEMBER 2022, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohan Subramanian, Force Commander, UNMISS:
“I’ve seen firsthand the problems, the terrain, the climate and the mobility constraints that exist here. I am also happy to see the way in which the entire system here—the agencies, the field office, the sector here is acting as one family in meeting the challenges and fulfilling the mandate. The key takeaway from here is the collaborative approach that exists here.”

9 SEPTEMBER 2022, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Various shots, marine patrol by BANFMU
13. Med shot, Force Commander visits the barge

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohan Subramanian, Force Commander, UNMISS:
“I’m sure that all people concerned, all stakeholders have understood that violence is not the key for any purpose. I’m going back with the feeling that, yes, the situation was bad a few days ago but I’m sure it is becoming okay. We will soon find an amicable solution to the interests of various stakeholders and there will be peace.”
15. Wide shot, Force Commander with peacekeepers
STORYLINE
Since last month, conflict has displaced thousands in Upper Nile in South Sudan, leading to an influx of newly displaced persons at the UN Protection Site adjacent to the UNMISS base in Malakal. The UN Peacekeeping mission has strengthened its interventions to protect civilians, working with local authorities and humanitarian partners, despite the inclement weather and nearly inaccessible roads.

Against this complex backdrop, Force Commander Mohan Subramanian made his maiden visit to Malakal and Kodok.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohan Subramanian, Force Commander, UNMISS:
“As soon as the violence took place, immediately there was a riverine patrol that was sent to the area, which I think, helped control the situation and also rescued some people who had fallen down in the river. And also, we could send a message that the UN force is here, which I’m sure helped in sort of stemming the violence. Whatever we do, we’re doing it together as one mission here – the Field Office, the Force, the Sector Headquarters, as well as the humanitarian actors. We’re trying to do things together to give confidence to all concerned.”

During his visit, Force Commander Subramanian met uniformed counterparts to learn about the challenges they face serving for peace in Upper Nile’s challenging terrain.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohan Subramanian, Force Commander, UNMISS:
“I’ve seen firsthand the problems, the terrain, the climate and the mobility constraints that exist here. I am also happy to note the way in which the entire system here—the UN agencies, the field office, the sector here is acting as one family in meeting the challenges and fulfilling the mandate. The key takeaway from here is the collaborative approach that exists here.”

While innumerable lives have been marred by the recent outbreak of violence in Adidiyang, peacekeepers continue to do everything in their power and capacity to reduce tensions as well as restore calm and stability.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohan Subramanian, Force Commander, UNMISS:
“I’m sure that all people concerned, all stakeholders have understood that violence is not the key for any purpose. I’m going back with the feeling that, yes, the situation was bad a few days ago but I’m sure it is becoming okay. We will soon find an amicable solution to the interests of various stakeholders and there will be peace.”

Lieutenant-General Subramanian assumed his duties as Force Commander of UNMISS earlier this month.
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