SOUTH SUDAN / FORCE COMMANDER TAMBURA

22-Nov-2021 00:02:22
On board this aircraft are United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan. They are on a mission to conflict-ridden Tambura, Western Equatoria, led by Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar, the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / FORCE COMMANDER TAMBURA
TRT: 2:22
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 NOVEMBER 2021, TAMBURA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shots, aerial shots of Tambura
2. Various shots, UNMISS Force Commander meeting local community representatives.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Balak, community representative, Tambura, Western Equatoria:
“Actually, we are thankful to God that now that the situation has calmed down. Initially, what we need, in terms of help, [is] humanitarian aid. Also, it has taken two years, schools are not there and its like that second Corona [virus lockdown] now. We, at least, we need to see how best you can bring more facilities so that our children can go back to schools. And again, in terms of hospitals, you know [during] all this war, everything has been vandalized.”
4. Various shots, movement of forces from Tambura to Maridi Training Center
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander:
“Unfortunately, although the guns have fallen silent, there is still fear that is being experienced by the people and that would take some time to go. They apprehend that armed youth in groups are still present in the bush, in the jungles and people are still fearsome of returning to their villages. So, in the next one to two months, we hope that we are able to improve the security situation, give people greater confidence so that they can once again return to their villages. We don’t want them to stay in these IDP camps for any longer time than necessary.”
6. Wide shot, truck leaving for Maridi training center
STORYLINE
On board this aircraft are United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan. They are on a mission to conflict-ridden Tambura, Western Equatoria, led by Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar, the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

In recent months, armed attacks in and around Tambura have killed many, led to tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and shelter in camps for displaced people or neighbouring counties. Many have sought refuge at the UNMISS temporary base here where peacekeepers are providing providing protection as well as patrolling the villages to deescalate the conflict and restore peace.
SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Balak, community representative, Tambura, Western Equatoria:
“Actually, we are thankful to God that now that the situation has calmed down. Initially, what we need, in terms of help, [is] humanitarian aid. Also, it has taken two years, schools are not there and its like that second Corona [virus lockdown] now. We, at least, we need to see how best you can bring more facilities so that our children can go back to schools. And again, in terms of hospitals, you know [during] all this war, everything has been vandalized.”
After meeting community leaders and the youth, Force Commander Shailesh Tinaikar also spent time with the South Sudanese military officers moving to the nearby Maridi training center.

SOUNDBITE (English) Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander:
“Unfortunately, although the guns have fallen silent, there is still fear that is being experienced by the people and that would take some time to go. They apprehend that armed youth in groups are still present in the bush, in the jungles and people are still fearsome of returning to their villages. So, in the next one to two months, we hope that we are able to improve the security situation, give people greater confidence so that they can once again return to their villages. We don’t want them to stay in these IDP camps for any longer time than necessary.”

While a fragile peace has taken hold in past days in Tambura, it is tenuous at best and displaced families are doing their best to keep the flame of hope alive in very difficult conditions.
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