CAR / PEACEKEEPERS PATROL

STORY: CAR / PEACEKEEPERS PATROL
TRT: 3:15
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 3-5 APRIL 2019, GAMBOULA, THE CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, UN peacekeepers crosses a wooden bridge on the Bangoula to Noufou road, in the eastern Central African Republic
2. Wide shot, local population watching the UN peacekeepers crossing the bridge.
3.Various shots, UN peacekeepers patrolling the road
4. Various shots, remains of a villages burned by the Siriri armed group
5. Various shots, UN peacekeeper crossing another wooden bridge.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Chistopher Buchue, Tanzanian Contingent, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“Since our patrols are moving daily from Gamboula to Bila Poko, the situation is calm and unpredictable. Because formally, they were a lot of armed groups in Bira Poko, like Siriri.”
7. Various shots, military truck crossing a bridge
8. SOUNDBITE (French), François Ayek, Worker:
“Before there was a wooden pond. The road was impassable. We built bridges made of concrete. Now, even trucks and jumbo jacks can pass that bridge.”
9. Various shot, workers building a new bridge
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Chistopher Buchue, Tanzanian Contingent, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA): “Thick forests cover this area, from Gamboula to Bila and there is a lot of bridges made of timber. However, we are using APCs of heavyweight. Therefore we need bridges made of concrete to move smoothly from Gamboula to Bila Poko and from Bila Poko to Noufou”.
11. Various shots, military truck crossing a bridge
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Alphonse Bambouki, Mayor of Gamboula:
“Thanks to this bridge, the MINUSCA was able to position itself in Bila Poko. Now she can quickly call for reinforcements. So the construction of this bridge was vital.”
13. Wide shot, UN peacekeepers patrolling in a village
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Samuel Sambo, Farmer:
“Before the construction of this bridge, we did not sleep in our houses anymore. But since the MINUSCA built this bridge, we are more comfortable. We sleep in our, and we have something to eat.”
15. Various shots, the red road of Bangoula to Noufou as viewed from the military truck
16. Wide shot, people walking next to a bridge.

STORYLINE:

Tanzanian contingents of the MINUSCA patrol daily between Gamboula and Noufou. It is one of the most dangerous areas in the Central African Republic. Armed men are numerous in this region near the border with Cameroon.

Elements of the armed group called Siriri, roam, attracted by the presence of gold and diamonds. These armed gangs set fire to many villages, forcing residents to flee. They also sabotage bridges to curb the intervention of peacekeepers.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major Chistopher Buchue, Tanzanian Contingent, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“Since our patrols are moving daily from Gamboula to Bila Poko, the situation is calm and unpredictable. Because formally, they were a lot of armed groups in Bira Poko, like Siriri.”

To facilitate the intervention of the troops and to pacify this region, the MINUSCA finances the construction of concrete bridges.

SOUNDBITE (French), François Ayek, Worker:
“Before there was a wooden pond. The road was impassable. We built bridges made of concrete. Now, even trucks and jumbo jacks can pass that bridge.”

Several concrete bridges are built along this dangerous stretch.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major Chistopher Buchue, Tanzanian Contingent, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA): “Thick forests cover this area, from Gamboula to Bila and there is a lot of bridges made of timber. However, we are using APCs of heavyweight. Therefore we need bridges made of concrete to move smoothly from Gamboula to Bila Poko and from Bila Poko to Noufou”.

These new bridges allow military vehicles to pass waterways quickly and safely.

SOUNDBITE (French), Alphonse Bambouki, Mayor of Gamboula
“Thanks to this bridge, MINUSCA was able to position itself in Bila Poko. Now she can quickly call for reinforcements. So the construction of this bridge was vital.”

With the gradual return of security in this region, thanks to the presence of the blue helmets of MINUSCA, the inhabitants begin to return and find a normal life.

SOUNDBITE (French) Samuel Sambo, Farmer:
“Before the construction of this bridge, we did not sleep in our houses anymore. But since the MINUSCA built this bridge, we are more comfortable. We sleep in our, and we have something to eat.”
With these new concrete bridges, this road will remain one of the most dangerous of the Central African Republic, and with the security, peace will return.

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