GENEVA / YEMEN REFUGEES CHOLERA

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As the conflict in Yemen continues, conditions facing the almost 280,000 refugees in the country are worsening, forcing many refugees to return back to their home country.In addition, the resurgence of cholera in Yemen has made matters worse. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / YEMEN REFUGEES CHOLERA
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 19 MAY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Press Briefing Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“Currently we have over 280,000 refugees that have taken shelter in Yemen, but their situation is worsening and their needs and vulnerabilities are growing day by day. Some of those 280,000 refugees 91 percent of them are Somali refugees who have been coming to the country since the early nineties. ”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joel Millman, Spokesperson, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“This year we have done 431 migrants evacuated by sea from Al Hodydah to Djibouti. This is with the help of the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Also our people in Yemen met with the High Level Delegation this week to discuss working on the Cholera outbreak and also providing shelter for stranded migrants.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“UNHCR is receiving an increasing number of refugees who are now approaching us for assistance to support their return back to Somalia siting safety and security concerns and limited access to services in Yemen.”
8. Wide shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“UNHCR is providing some support for those who are choosing to return on their own. We will be able to assist up to 10,000 Somali refugees who have already made up their mind that they want to return back to Yemen.”
10. Various shots, journalists

STORYLINE:

As the conflict in Yemen continues, conditions facing the almost 280,000 refugees in the country are worsening, forcing many refugees to return back to their home country.

Speaking to journalists today (Friday) in Geneva, the spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Babar Baloch said they are receiving an increased number of refugees approaching the agency for assistance. According to Baloch, 91 percent of refugees in Yemen are from Somalia.

He said, “UNHCR is providing some support for those who are choosing to return on their own.” Baloch added, “We will be able to assist up to 10,000 Somali refugees who have already made up their mind that they want to return back to Somalia.”

According to UNHCR, approximately 30,600 Somalis have returned to Somalia from Yemen since the beginning of the current war.

In addition, the resurgence of cholera in Yemen has made matters worse. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Public Health and Population has declared a health emergency in Sana’a City, citing a collapsing health system due to the outbreak.

Joel Millman, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told reporters “this year we have done 431 migrants evacuated by sea from Al Hodydah to Djibouti this is with the help of the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Also our people in Yemen met with the High Level Delegation this week to discuss working on the Cholera outbreak and also providing shelter for stranded migrants.”

Via conference call from Yemen, WHO representative in the country, Dr Nevio Zagaria, told Geneva journalists that 3,460 new cases were reported only in one day and 20 more deaths. During the last 3 weeks nearly 23,500 cases and 242 deaths were recorded. Cholera was registered in 18 out of 23 governorates.

As hospitals are overwhelmed and congested, WHO has reopened new Cholera treatment centers in Yemen. Zagaria warned that there could be as many as 250,000 cases in the country within six months.

Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government, along with their supporters and allies.
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