SOUTH SUDAN / RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

29-Nov-2019 00:02:24
In South Sudan’s Western Equatorial town of Yambio, children marched, danced and performed drama skits and poems as they demanded better protection of their rights on the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
TRT: 02:24
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2019, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Wide shot, children dance
2. Med shot, children dance in traditional costumes
3. Various shots, children’s play
4. Wide shot, people in audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Grace Gamboripai, Student from Yambio:
“I’m telling my brothers and sisters – let us value our rights; let us not misuse our rights. And [to] our parents: do not deny children their rights, especially their right to education, food, and shelter."
6. Pan right, Murenga giving his seat to student
7. Wide shot, students seated in VIP section
8. Med shot, Murenga among students
9. Wide shot, students dancing
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, Head of UNMISS’ Field Office in Yambio:
“The UN family and our humanitarian and development partners stand ready and always committed to supporting South Sudan in achieving a just sustainable and inclusive peace. This must include justice and protection for children, provision of their needs and the full enforcement and implementation of their rights.”
11. Various shots, local authorities seated
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Badagbu, Governor of Gbudue State:
“As I am talking right now a young child is being raped by man who is the age of her father. As I am talking many of them cannot go to school and what will tomorrow be for [this] nation. As I am talking many children especially girls are suffering from what they call their mothers or their step-mothers. A time has come for us people of Gbudue State to put that to an end.”
13. Med shot, people seated
STORYLINE
In South Sudan’s Western Equatorial town of Yambio, children marched, danced and performed drama skits and poems as they demanded better protection of their rights on the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In a country where child marriage is commonplace, the day’s theme, ‘End Child Marriage’, resonates with what these children want, like this 14-year-old who aspires to be a gynecologist.

SOUNDBITE (English) Grace Gamboripai, Student from Yambio:
“I’m telling my brothers and sisters – let us value our rights; let us not misuse our rights. And [to] our parents: do not deny children their rights, especially their right to education, food, and shelter."

At the event, the United Nations representatives reinforced the message of protection of children and conveyed their commitment to ensuring they enjoy their rights.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, Head of UNMISS’ Field Office in Yambio:
“The UN family, and the humanitarian and development partners stand ready and always committed to support South Sudan in achieving a just, sustainable and inclusive peace. This must include justice and protection of children, through provision of their needs and the full enforcement and implementation of their rights.”

The local authorities said they understand just too well what abuses the children of this region endure, and they are demanding an end to all that.

SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Badagbu, Governor of Gbudue State:
“As I am speaking now, a young child is being raped by a man who is the age of her father. As I’m speaking, many of them cannot go to school, and what will tomorrow be like for [this] nation. As I’m talking many children, especially girls, are suffering from what they call their mothers or their step-mothers. Time has come for us people of Gbudue state to put that to an end.”

According to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, with 52 percent of girls being married off before their 18th birthday, South Sudan has the seventh highest prevalence rate of child marriage in the world.
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