UN / GING ERITREA

13-Jul-2017 00:02:06
Upon his return from a fact finding trip to Eritrea, John Ging of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said “50 percent of the children under the age of five are suffering from stunting and 39 percent of the children are generally underweight.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GING ERITREA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

13 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“50 percent of the children under the age of five are suffering from stunting and 39 percent of the children are generally underweight. So that does mean that we have to all work very actively in that particular area to make sure that we are addressing those who are suffering from malnourishment.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“Eritrea has a population of about 3.5 million people. The issues that we focused on there, in the development and the humanitarian effort, is around food insecurity. Given the geographical location of Eritrea it does find itself very susceptible to harsh climatic conditions, and not least last period around El Niño.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“My mission of course was not to analyse the impact otherwise of sanctions, but rather to look at the humanitarian situation for people and, you know, what was the trajectory of their human development, is it getting better, is it getting worse, what are the vulnerabilities, what are the issues that we really need to be focusing on. So, I know that the sanctions issue is a controversial issue and its been dealt with at the highest levels, and all I can say is that, you know, we hope that those sensitive political issues will get solved positively to the benefit of the people of Eritrea.”
8. Zoom out, end of presser
STORYLINE
Upon his return from a fact finding trip to Eritrea, John Ging of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said “50 percent of the children under the age of five are suffering from stunting and 39 percent of the children are generally underweight.”

Ging said that humanitarian efforts should concentrate on the issue of malnourishment and food insecurity and said that “given the geographical location of Eritrea it does find itself very susceptible to harsh climatic conditions, and not least last period around El Niño.”

Regarding the effects of sanctions on the Eritrean population, Ging said this was a “controversial issue” and expressed hope that “those sensitive political issues will get solved positively to the benefit of the people of Eritrea.”
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