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02-Jul-2014 00:02:51
The United Nations called on international community to step up its efforts to mitigate worsening humanitarian crises in Yemen as well as in Somalia. UNIFEED-UNTV /FILE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV / FILE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 2 JULY 2014, NEW YORK CITY /FILE
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2 JULY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English), John Ging, OCHA Operations Director:
“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is driven by political instability, insecurity and also by the economic crisis that the country faces. In fact we could characterize the economic situation as being on the brink of collapse.”
4. Med shot, podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English), Ted Chaiban, Emergency Director of UNICEF:
“One in five Yemeni children are underweight, 58% are stunted. That means that after Afghanistan in the whole world, Yemen has a second highest level of malnutrition. And that’s not something one knows or thinks about when one thinks of Yemen. So it’s quite striking that this is something that this is something that has been going on and is result of poverty, underdevelopment and of course acute crisis that has happened in the country over the last three years.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English), John Ging, OCHA Operations Director:
“There is a moment of opportunity in Somalia after two and a half decades of chaos and crisis. There is a government; we met with the president, we met with the prime minister.. These people are very impressive. They have clear vision; they are committed in action, not just again in words to do what is necessary as national leadership.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English), John Ging, OCHA Operations Director:
“We have the staff, we have the commitment, we have the plans but we don’t have the money. And that is why we are going to continue to emphasize the responsibility of our donor partners to equip us to do the work that we need to do, and that urgently needs to be done.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English), Ted Chaiban, Emergency Director of UNICEF:
“There are 200 000 children as we speak today in Somalia that are severely malnourished and the protocols, the systems that treat those children are available, as is the access to significant extent. But the resources are not there.”

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12. Wide shot, Ted Chaiban observing maternity training and malnutrition assessment
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STORYLINE
The United Nations called on international community to step up its efforts to mitigate worsening humanitarian crises in Yemen as well as in Somalia.

John Ging, Operations Director for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and Ted Chaiban, Emergency Director of UNICEF, told media after a week-long mission to Somalia and Yemen that urgent action is needed to manage the crises in these two countries, addressing both immediate needs and long term drivers of instability.

In Yemen more than half of the population, some 14.7 million people, need humanitarian assistance.

OCHA’s director explained that the widespread acute food insecurity, ongoing instability and conflict and lack of basic services make this one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world.

The country is also on the brink of economic collapse, said Ging.

There are currently 105 humanitarian agencies working in Yemen. However, only 33% of the operations are funded.

Yemen is second only to Afghanistan in malnutrition in children, with more than half of who are stunted.

UNICEF Emergency director said this condition is due to poverty, underdevelopment and “acute crisis that has happened in the country over the last three years.”

Talking about the conditions in Somalia, Ging praised the government officials for their “clear vision” and commitment, saying “there is a moment of opportunity in Somalia” after two and a half decades of chaos and crisis, which left more than one million people internally displaced and 875,000 people in need of urgent food assistance.

200 000 children in Somalia are severely malnourished. Chaiban said the treatments for those children are available “but the resources are not there.”

Only 25% of humanitarian operations in Somalia are funded. Ging urged the donors to step in and “equip us to do the work that we need to do, and that urgently needs to be done.”

“We have the staff, we have the commitment, we have the plans but we don’t have the money.” – added Ging.
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