NIGERIA / HUMANITARIAN LOWCOCK VISIT

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United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said while the major risk of famine has been averted in Nigeria, the humanitarian situation remains very difficult as many are “just one step from starvation.” OCHA
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STORY: NIGERIA / HUMANITARIAN LOWCOCK VISIT
TRT: 02:22
SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, BORNO STATE, NIGERIA


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12 SEPTEMBER 2017, BORNO STATE, NIGERIA

1. Aerial shot, IDP site from helicopter
2. Tracking, Lowcock arriving at the ‘20 Housing’ site in Gwoza
3. Tracking, children filling containers with water
4. Various shots, displaced woman speaking to Lowcock
5. Close up, child
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“I saw thousands of brave aid workers working alongside the government bringing some relief to the suffering of the people in this region. In terms of the situation overall, it’s absolutely clear that because of everything that has happened since the beginning of the year, the major risk of famine has been averted. But the humanitarian situation remains very, very difficult and there are lots of people in really acute need, and many just one step from starvation.
So, we got a lot more to do, to get the government to take more action building on the really good things they have been doing, including on food distribution, and to mobilise the international community to stay the course. Because the job’s not done - we need to finish the job.”
7. Med shot, tents in Wege IDP camp in Pulka
8. Wide shot, people gathered to meet Lowcock
9. Various shots, Lowcock listening to group of displaced men
10. Close up, displaced man speaking to Lowcock

STORYLINE:

United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said while the major risk of famine has been averted in Nigeria, the humanitarian situation remains very difficult as many are “just one step from starvation.”

Lowcock visited humanitarian hubs and IDP sites in the towns of Gwoza and Pulka In Nigeria’s worst affected north-eastern Borno State on Tuesday (12 Sep). In Gwoza, the humanitarian chief visited the ‘20 Housing’ site which now hosts around 4,400 displaced people. In 2015, Gwoza was at the centre of the crisis in north-east Nigeria which witnessed the killing of hundreds of civilians, abduction of women and girls, destruction of towns, and large scale population displacement. Populations are slowly starting to return, but the security situation outside town remains volatile. With the influx of internally displaced people (IDP) and refugees returning from nearby Cameroon, the population of Gwoza has almost doubled to around 100,000.

In the ‘Wege Camp’ site in Pulka, Lowcock met with groups of displaced women and men affected by the conflict to listen to their concerns. Wege Camp is part of three sites hosting over 7,000 displaced people. Pulka has also seen intense fighting and severe humanitarian needs.

The crisis in the Lake Chad Basin is affecting some 17 million people in four countries. In Nigeria’s northeast alone, 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, and more than 1.7 million people are internally displaced. Lowcock travelled to Niger and Nigeria shortly after undertaking his roles as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator on 1 September 2017.
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