SOUTH SUDAN / NEIGHBOURHOOD RECONCILIATION

20-Aug-2019 00:03:26
A community-based rapprochement event saw residents of Juba’s Rajaf County converge in one place with the aim of building durable peace together following the signing last year in Addis Ababa of a peace agreement that has seen relative calm return to South Sudan. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / NEIGHBOURHOOD RECONCILIATION
TRT: 03:26
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 19 AUGUST 2019, RAJAF JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, traditional dance
2. Various shots, local artist singing
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Keji, Resident of Rajaf:
“We are waiting for this peace. This is what we want in South Sudan so that we can rest a bit; we have suffered enough – with poverty, war, looting on the roads, no food, no water – I really want roads to be open.”
4. Various shots, comedy show and people laughing
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. James Wani Igga, Vice President, South Sudan:
“As we now begin to leave behind the history of violence [all of us as] South Sudanese must step up to embrace and even kiss this peace, forgive one another, and reconcile.”
6. Various shots, delegates sitting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Director of Civil Affairs, UNMISS:
“We are committed to work with you, the leaders and the citizens of South Sudan, as you chart your own path towards peace. It is not an easy journey, but United Nations will continue to be by your side as partners for peace. Thank you for your efforts you have clearly demonstrated your commitment by being here today and taking part in this event to help bring durable peace to South Sudan.”
8. Various shots, distribution of copies of Revitalize peace agreement
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A community-based rapprochement event saw residents of Juba’s Rajaf County converge in one place with the aim of building durable peace together following the signing last year in Addis Ababa of a peace agreement that has seen relative calm return to South Sudan.

Traditional dancers from different ethnic groups entertained the crowd with song and dance, as a local comedian drew bouts of laughter with his jokes – establishing a fitting atmosphere for an event aimed at reconciling communities, as women and children took to the stage, cheering and dancing.

From the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Rwandan battalion brought its graceful dance, stomping to the beat of their traditional drum.

Organized by UNMISS, in collaboration with the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and the National Pre-Transition Committee, the neighbourhood advocacy event was designed to create an opportunity for citizens to engage directly with their neighbours by asking questions, sharing their views, and ensuring that there is accountability for the progress that is made towards implementing the agreement.
The event also created a conducive platform for peace commission leaders and monitors to talk directly to the grassroots communities about the revitalized peace agreement, signed in September 2018.

Keji, a resident of Rajaf said she was excited and eagerly waiting for peace in her country.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Keji, Resident of Rajaf:
“We are waiting for this peace. This is what we want in South Sudan so that we can rest a bit; we have suffered enough – with poverty, war, looting on the roads, no food, no water – I really want roads to be open.”


Recognising the significance of the event, the South Sudanese government ensured high-level representation, with Vice President James Wani Igga’s presence. Igga said full implementation of the agreement required more political will and resources, yet time was limited, as he urged the international community to support the process.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. James Wani Igga, Vice President, South Sudan:
“As we now begin to leave behind the history of violence [all of us as] South Sudanese must step up to embrace and even kiss this peace, forgive one another, and reconcile.”

Speaking during the occasion, a senior UNMISS official said the UN has been working collectively with partners, including the African Union, to support and help the parties achieve full implementation of the peace agreement.
SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Director of Civil Affairs, UNMISS:
“We are committed to work with you, the leaders and the citizens of South Sudan, as you chart your own path towards peace. It is not an easy journey, but United Nations will continue to be by your side as partners for peace. Thank you for your efforts you have clearly demonstrated your commitment by being here today and taking part in this event to help bring durable peace to South Sudan.”

Copies of the revitalized peace agreement were also at hand to be distributed to the citizens so they can read and understand the content of the agreement and own it.
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