IOM / IRAQ DISPLACED

17-Feb-2017 00:01:51
Nearly 100,000 displaced Iraqis have returned to their communities in the last month, despite intensified fighting in some areas, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today in Geneva. UNTV CH
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SOURCE: UNTV CH /FILE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 FEBRUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE
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UNTV CH - 17 FEBRUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joel Millmann, Spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“What we know right now is that the area around Mosul in Ninewa Governorate, principally 160,000 people are considered to be displaced, in need of shelter, in need of our support. However, the total number in four months through this conflict has been over 217,000. So we are confident that 50,000 plus have managed to return to their homes because conditions are safe enough to allow them to leave on our protection”.

FILE – WFP - 11 NOVEMBER 2016, QAYYARAH, IRAQ

3. Various shots, clouds of black smoke, oil wells on fire

UNTV CH - 17 FEBRUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joel Millmann, Spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“There is concern that the hardest fighting is about to begin, we know that it has been difficult for people to leave Mosul. Sometimes it is just too much shooting, there is a problem with bridges to get out of the city. There were five bridges originally, now I believe they are non-operational. Sometimes boat, sometimes swimming, and then of course there is the fear that if they leave, it will be too chaotic to come back. So you have a lot of different problems, that leave desperate people, vulnerable people, in a position that they really do need assistance but they can’t get out.

FILE – WFP - 11 NOVEMBER 2016, QAYYARAH, IRAQ

5. Wide shot, tents in displaced camp
6. Close up, children
7. Med shot, woman making bread

UNTV CH - 17 FEBRUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Joel Millmann, Spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“We managed the best we can, we are building camps all the time, we are preparing. Actually the numbers we had to lower than we thought they would be. We are always worried about a big surge coming”.

FILE – WFP - 11 NOVEMBER 2016, QAYYARAH, IRAQ

9. Wide shot, children playing among the destroyed buildings
10. Wide shot, boy holding balloon
STORYLINE
Nearly 100,000 displaced Iraqis have returned to their communities in the last month, despite intensified fighting in some areas, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today in Geneva.

As military operations to retake Mosul intensify, there is concern that these will again displace tens of thousands of people. After four months of fighting, more than 160,000 persons are currently categorized as “displaced”, according to IOM.

IOM spokesperson Joel Millman told journalists in the Swiss city “what we know right now is that the area around Mosul in Ninewa Governorate, principally, 160,000 people are considered to be displaced, in need of shelter, in need of our support. However, the total number in four months through this conflict has been over 217,000.”

Millman said “there is concern that the hardest fighting is about to begin, we know that it has been difficult for people to leave Mosul. Sometimes it is just too much shooting, there is a problem with bridges to get out of the city. There were five bridges originally, now I believe they are non-operational.”

Among the challenges faced by returnees are security regarding the presence of militias, risks of unexploded ordinance, and the destruction of infrastructure, including housing and private property.

IOM spokesperson said “we managed the best we can, we are building camps all the time, we are preparing. Actually the numbers were lower than we thought they would be. We are always worried about a big surge coming.”

Overall, an estimated 3 million people have been displaced in fighting in Iraq since January 2014, and nearly 1.5 million have returned to their communities in the same time period.
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