GENEVA / MOSUL HUMANITARIAN AID

25-Nov-2016 00:02:54
Over 70,000 Iraqi people have been displaced by the armed conflict in Mosul, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA/MOSUL HUMANITARIAN AID
TRT: 2:54
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 NOVEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Aerial shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joel Millman, Spokesperson, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“We are now reporting 73,000 displaced in the Mosul corridor since October 17th and this morning we know of 4,000 people arriving form the centre of Mosul. So we know that people are coming out from where the fighting is heaviest”.
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joel Millman, Spokesperson, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“Almost 1,200 families have returned after being displaced in the current fighting which comes to more than 7, 000 individuals. So we want to stress that as busy as we are receiving displaced people, we are also helping people get home pretty quickly which we hope continues”.
6. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Fadela Chaib, Spokesperson, World Health Organisation (WHO):
“WHO is anticipating that approximately 40, 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul military operations. This week, WHO has established 2 fully equipped trauma stabilization points in eastern Mosul, less than 25 km from Mosul city, where most of the casualties are coming from.”
8. Close up, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Fadela Chaib, Spokesperson, World Health Organisation (WHO):
“Since 17 October, more than 1,200 people, including women, children and babies as young as two months old, have been treated for trauma injuries including bullet injuries, mine and shell injuries and mortar injuries. The actual number of injured people is expected to be much higher, as many civilians are currently unable to access treatment due to the insecurity”.
10. Close up, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Saltmarsh, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): “Currently UNHCR has six camps open in Erbil, Duhok, Kirkuk and Salah Al-din governorates and UNHCR run or UNHCR supports two camps in Erbil and Duhok governorates alone host more than 47,000 people at the moment which is approximately 68 percent of the displace Iraqi population since the Mosul operation began on October 17th”.
12. Close up, journalists
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Saltmarsh, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“A further three camps are under construction with another one planned. But UNHCR is warning, as it did before the Mosul offensive, that it is imperative to find new land and this is not an easy situation, especially finding suitable land and land that is available. And with winter setting in, it is more critical to find suitable shelter solutions to ensure that families are not left out in the cold”.
14. Wide shot, journalists
STORYLINE
As military operations by the Iraqi government and allied forces to retake the occupied city of Mosul from the self-styled Islamic State (ISIL) continue, more than 70,000 Iraqi people have been displaced, said the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Speaking today (25 Nov) to reporters in Geneva, IOM’s spokesperson Joel Millman said “we are now reporting 73, 000 displaced in the Mosul corridor since October 17th and this morning we know of 4,000 people arriving form the centre of Mosul. So we know that people are coming out from where the fighting is heaviest.”

Meanwhile, as humanitarian operations focus on Mosul, thousands of displaced families are returning home to other cities previously occupied by ISIL.

Millman said “almost 1,200 families have returned after being displaced in the current fighting which comes to more than 7, 000 individuals. So we want to stress that as busy as we are receiving displaced people, we are also helping people get home pretty quickly which we hope continues.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with national health authorities to ensure that people with war-related trauma injuries have access to live-saving medical care.

WHO’s spokesperson Fadela Chaib said “WHO is anticipating that approximately 40, 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul military operations. This week, WHO has established 2 fully equipped trauma stabilization points in eastern Mosul, less than 25 km from Mosul city, where most of the casualties are coming from.”

WHO has provided trauma and surgical kits for 600 patients requiring trauma and surgical care, and an additional 40 kits for 4,000 beneficiaries are to be delivered.

Chaib also said “since 17 October, more than 1,200 people, including women, children and babies as young as two months old, have been treated for trauma injuries including bullet injuries, mine and shell injuries and mortar injuries. The actual number of injured people is expected to be much higher, as many civilians are currently unable to access treatment due to the insecurity.”

With winter approaching, the need for shelter is raising. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will be opening two new camps to house displaced Iraqis.

UNHCR’s spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh told reporters “currently UNHCR has six camps open in Erbil, Duhok, Kirkuk and Salah Al-din governorates and UNHCR run or UNHCR supports two camps in Erbil and Duhok governorates alone host more than 47,000 people at the moment which is approximately 68 percent of the displace Iraqi population since the Mosul operation began on October 17th.”

Saltmarsh added “a further three camps are under construction with another one planned. But UNHCR is warning, as it did before the Mosul offensive, that it is imperative to find new land and this is not an easy situation, especially finding suitable land and land that is available. And with winter setting in, it is more critical to find suitable shelter solutions to ensure that families are not left out in the cold.”

Although the numbers of people fleeing the city have been stable in recent days, UNHCR is concern that they could climb again if clashes in the city intensify.
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