SOUTH SUDAN / WAU RETURNEES

07-Feb-2019 00:03:12
A major campaign is underway in the area around Wau in South Sudan to create a safe and supported environment so that families displaced by years of civil war can return to their homes. The campaign is being undertaken by the United Mission in South Sudan in partnership with humanitarian agencies and the local community. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WAU RETURNEES
TRT: 3:12
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTION: NONE
LANGUAGES: ARABIC / ENGLISH

DATELINE: 06 FEBRUARY, 2019, WAU / SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Various Shots, Cleaning campaign
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Regina Fidele, area resident:
“I work in Kur Lulu and Shuk Jou. We were brought here to clean. The mayor called on people to come and help our people with the work of cleaning in Awiel Gedid.”
3. Various Shots, Cleaning campaign
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Regina Fidele, area resident:
“Anywhere I will go. The first cleaning in Buwabo, I went and worked there – in the payam, and also in Jebel Rabhi, we worked there, and today we are here in Aweil Gedid.”
5. Various Shots, Cleaning campaign
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Muhumure, Head of Field Office, Wau, UNMISS:
“In this effort of ensuring and supporting creation of a conducive environment for IDPs [internally displaced persons] to return, it’s not UNMISS alone. UNMISS is working with the government, as well as with the UN agencies, funds and programmes.”
7. Various Shots, Cleaning campaign
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Muhumure, Head of Field Office, Wau, UNMISS:
“We will work on the security bit together with the government, as we have been doing – enhancing patrols in those areas, identifying some of the security issues that crop up, and ensuring that together with the government, we put a mechanism for addressing them immediately. Now, beyond that, people also need food assistance, they need shelter assistance.”
9. Various Shots, Cleaning campaign
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angelo Ding, Chief area community leader:
“I am thanking the governor, the mayor and UNMISS, my neighbor who stood with us for a long time – stood with us during a difficult time. Now, today you can see smoke: the smoke came from fire. The fire is the cleaning campaign.”
11. Various Shots, Cleaning campaign
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angelo Ding, Chief area community leader:
“Yes, those who have heard the cleaning campaign have returned. You see these women moving around are women who have come back to their homes. After we have cleaned for them these places, everybody should start to build their makeshift [shelter] and stay in their homes.”
13. Various Shots, Cleaning campaign
STORYLINE
A major campaign is underway in the area around Wau in South Sudan to create a safe and supported environment so that families displaced by years of civil war can return to their homes. The campaign is being undertaken by the United Mission in South Sudan in partnership with humanitarian agencies and the local community.

Aweil Gadid was once a place that its people took pride in. A clean and comfortable community. But the eruption of violent conflict sent its families scurrying to safety, with many finding sanctuary at a United Nations protection site next to a base in Wau. With desertion, came unwanted dirt and destruction of properties, with many overgrown by weeds. But the signing of a new peace agreement in September and a reduction in violence has brought new life to the town as people gradually feel confident enough to make their way back home.

The unsightly environment they’re finding on return isn’t exactly appealing so a cleaning campaign is now underway, led by UNMISS here in Wau. Regina Fidele is one of those getting satisfaction from lending a hand to the campaign.

SOUNDBITE: Regina Fidele, area resident
“I work in Kur Lulu and Shuk Jou. We were brought here to clean. The mayor called on people to come and help our people with the work of cleaning in Awiel Gedid.”

Regina is highly motivated and proudly lists other clean-ups she’s previously taken part in.

SOUNDBITE: Regina Fidele, area resident
“Anywhere I will go. The first cleaning in Buwabo, I went and worked there – in the payam, and also in Jebel Rabhi, we worked there, and today we are here in Aweil Gedid.”

It is a joint effort that has mainly focused on cleaning up and rehabilitating neighbourhoods that were deserted and dilapidated by war, as well as identifying gaps in services that need to be addressed, to encourage more voluntary returns.

SOUNDBITE: Sam Muhumure, UNMISS Head of Field Office, Wau
“In this effort of ensuring and supporting creation of a conducive environment for IDPs [internally displaced persons] to return, it’s not UNMISS alone. UNMISS is working with the government, as well as with the UN agencies, funds and programmes.”

Besides the cleaning, there is more that the campaign seeks to achieve, so the environment is more appealing to those returning.

SOUNDBITE: Sam Muhumure, UNMISS Head of Field Office, Wau
“We will work on the security bit together with the government, as we have been doing – enhancing patrols in those areas, identifying some of the security issues that crop up, and ensuring that together with the government, we put a mechanism for addressing them immediately. Now, beyond that, people also need food assistance, they need shelter assistance.”

The area administrator, Chief Angelo Ding, is grateful for the support.

SOUNDBITE: Chief Angelo Ding, area community leader
“I am thanking the governor, the mayor and UNMISS, my neighbor who stood with us for a long time – stood with us during a difficult time. Now, today you can see smoke: the smoke came from fire. The fire is the cleaning campaign.”

According to the chief, the campaign is influencing the number of people returning.

SOUNDBITE: Chief Angelo Ding, area community leader
“Yes, those who have heard the cleaning campaign have returned. You see these women moving around are women who have come back to their homes. After we have cleaned for them these places, everybody should start to build their makeshift [shelter] and stay in their homes.”

It is the second cleaning campaign in as many weeks and has attracted some 500 people. Many are joining the campaign with enthusiasm out of sheer love and empathy for those who fled their homes and have suffered immensely after being displaced for so long.
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