GENEVA / YEMEN HUMANITARIAN SITUATION

16-May-2017 00:02:44
According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the fighting in Taizz, Yemen, continues and has displaced nearly 50,000 people since the beginning of the year. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / YEMEN HUMANITARIAN SITUATION
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 MAY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Press Briefing Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) William Spindler, Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR): “Hostilities in the Red Sea governorate of Taizz, south of Al Hudaydah, have displaced almost 50,000 people since the start of 2017. This is in addition to the three million who have been uprooted since the beginning of the war in Yemen, of whom two million are still displaced and one million have provisionally returned home to very precarious situations.”
4. Close up, cameraman
5. SOUNDBITE (English) William Spindler, Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
”Taizz governorate has been a flashpoint in the conflict in Yemen. 27 per cent of internally displaced people in Yemen have been generated in that governorate. Taizz also hosts over 300,000 displaced people.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) William Spindler, Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
”Last month, we warned that an intensification of the conflict in Al Hudaydah would lead to large scale displacement and this could be up to an additional half a million people. We are in need to increase the capacity to respond to this situation.”
8. Close up, camerawoman
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Boulierac, Spokesperson, UNICEF:
“Cholera in Yemen, with over 11,000 cases of diarrhea reported so far across the country, of which over 250 cases are confirmed for cholera, Yemenis are steering at yet another public health crisis in the making. Over 130 dead so far of which some are confirmed to be because of cholera. As of today, 25 per cent of the cases are from Sanaa.”
10. Wide shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Boulierac, Spokesperson, UNICEF:
“To make matters worse there is a shortage of doctors and nursing staff many of whom haven’t been paid for months at end. There is also a shortage of medicine and fluids. UNICEF with partners are working on both – the curative, provide health centers with diarrhea disease kit or with rehydration salt and water treatment tablets and also preventive drugs.“
12. Various shots, journalist
STORYLINE
A United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesperson warned of deteriorating conditions in Yemen while UNHCR is scaling up its humanitarian aid.

UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler today (16 May) told reporters in Geneva “hostilities in the Red Sea governorate of Taizz, south of Al Hudaydah, have displaced almost 50,000 people since the start of 2017.” He explained that “this is in addition to the three million who have been uprooted since the beginning of the war in Yemen, of whom two million are still displaced and one million have provisionally returned home to very precarious situations.”

Tje spokesperson also noted that ”Taizz governorate has been a flashpoint in the conflict in Yemen. 27 per cent of internally displaced people in Yemen have been generated in that governorate. Taizz also hosts over 300,000 displaced people.”

UNHCR’s field teams have returned last week from an emergency distribution in Taizz’s embattled district of Mokha, one of the worst affected areas in the governorate where humanitarian access has been challenging due to ongoing clashes.

William Spindler said “last month we warned that an intensification of the conflict in Al Hudaydah would lead to large scale displacement and this could be up to an additional half a million people. We are in need to increase the capacity to respond to this situation.”

According to UNHCR’s field teams, a huge spike in humanitarian needs could be observed in Hudaydah.

In addition to the deteriorating conditions in the field, UNICEF today also informed about increasing cholera cases in Yemen.

Spokesperson for UNICEF Christoph Boulierac said “with over 11,000 cases of diarrhea reported so far across the country, of which over 250 cases are confirmed for cholera, Yemenis are steering at yet another public health crisis in the making. Over 130 dead so far of which some are confirmed to be because of cholera. As of today, 25 per cent of the cases are from Sanaa.”

One third of the confirmed cholera cases are estimated to be children.

UNICEF considers Yemen as a very dangerous country for children – a country where basic social services are collapsing, and the health system and water supply system are not functioning properly, cholera is just spreading.

Boulierac also said “to make matters worse: there is a shortage of doctors and nursing staff many of whom haven’t been paid for months at end. There is also a shortage of medicine and fluids. UNICEF with partners is working on both – the curative, provide health centers with diarrhea disease kit or with rehydration salt and water treatment tablets and also preventive drugs.”
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