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SOUTH SUDAN / UN POLICE TRAINING

STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UN POLICE TRAINING
TRT: 03:18
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 JULY 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, training room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“We see the importance of focusing on children, especially children as victims of crime, children as witnesses, and children as suspects as well. The need for us to promote their rights in the juOstice system, especially when we’re working with our counterparts here – the South Sudanese National Police – that we need to promote the rights of the children when they come into contact with the law.”
3. Various shots, training room
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Aja Ndey Begay Mbye, UN Police in Juba:
“I’m learning how to handle children, how to interview children, how to go along with children, and to show the children that I am a mother.”

FILE – UNMISS – 17 APRIL 2018, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

5. Various shots, release of child soldier

25 JULY 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

6. SOUNDBIT (English) Ogwang Julius, UN Police in Yambio:
“The situation of child protection in Yambio is not so good, because of the conflict which has been going on, and because of the HIV/AIDS scourge – you know Yambio is leading in South Sudan – so most of them have lost their parents, and they’re vulnerable.”
7. Various shots, training room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Hasha Mavima, UN Police Advisor in Juba:
“We’re imparting to these officers how they’re going to handle a child as a witness, a child as a victim, and a child as the accused, under the rule of law. And also, they should observe human rights due diligence as they’ll be executing their duties.”
9. Various shots, training room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Aja Ndey Begay Mbye, UN Police in Juba:
“I’m supposed to train the UN personnel on child protection; and also to train the IDPs [internally displaced persons] and other actors, and the people of South Sudan.”
11. Various shots, training room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It’s important for them to be able to go back to the states and be able to share the knowledge with other UNPOL (UN Police) so that it can be engendered into the work they do every day, as well as in the whole programmes they conduct with South Sudanese National Police.”
13. Wide shot, group photo

STORYLINE:

A quick introduction exercise at a gathering of blue berets in Juba.

These are police officers who are tasked with protecting children within UNMISS – the UN Mission in South Sudan.

They have come from different locations in South Sudan for an important training exercise.

For an entire week, they will be learning about the best practices in protecting children, an issue underscored by the UNMISS Police Commissioner.

SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“We see the importance of focusing on children, especially children as victims of crime, children as witnesses, and children as suspects as well. The need for us to promote their rights in the justice system, especially when we’re working with our counterparts here – the South Sudanese National Police – that we need to promote the rights of the children when they come into contact with the law.”

In the class, the police officers are keen to learn and to reinforce their knowledge and policing skills in their field of work.

SOUNDBITE (English) Aja Ndey Begay Mbye, UN Police in Juba:
“I’m learning how to handle children, how to interview children, how to go along with children, and to show the children that I am a mother.”

They have come from the capital Juba, Malakal, Wau, Bor, Bentiu, Aweil, Kuajok, Rumbek, Torit, and Yambio, where Ugandan officer Julius Ogwang paints a distressing picture about the status of children.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ogwang Julius, UN Police in Yambio:
“The situation of child protection in Yambio is not so good, because of the conflict which has been going on, and because of the HIV/AIDS scourge – you know Yambio is leading in South Sudan – so most of them have lost their parents, and they’re vulnerable.”

The lead trainer is Jane Asha Mavima from Zimbabwe. She outlined some of the things contained in the training programme.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Hasha Mavima, UN Police Advisor in Juba:
“We’re imparting to these officers how they’re going to handle a child as a witness, a child as a victim, and a child as the accused, under the rule of law. And also, they should observe human rights due diligence as they’ll be executing their duties.”

From here, these officers will become trainers at their regional bases, imparting the same knowledge and skills to civilian and police officers who interact with children.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Aja Ndey Begay Mbye, UN Police in Juba:
“I’m supposed to train the UN personnel on child protection; and also to train the IDPs [internally displaced persons] and other actors, and the people of South Sudan.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It’s important for them to be able to go back to the states and be able to share the knowledge with other UNPOL (UN Police) so that it can be engendered into the work they do every day, as well as in the whole programmes they conduct with South Sudanese National Police.”

According to the Police Commissioner, this training recognizes that protection of civilians ought to go beyond general protection and pay more attention to the needs of vulnerable groups, which include women, children, and the elderly.

For the children, this training serves as a starting point of that focus.

The workshop ‘training of trainers’ was conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Mission in the country’s Child Protection and Gender Units. The officers learn about how to better protect children and, in turn, train other child protection officials, to promote a better understanding of the UN mission’s child protection mandate in their respective duty stations.