DRC / KASAI DISPLACED VIOLENCE

14-Jul-2017 00:02:01
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said thousands of people continue to flee fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region. UNHCR
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STORY: DRC / KASAI DISPLACED VIOLENCE
TRT: 02:02
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / TSHILUBA / NATS

DATELINE: 4-5 JULY 2017, IDIOFA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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4-5 JULY 2017, IDIOFA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

1. Med shot, François Kambembe lying on ground
2. Varios shots, displaced people lying on the ground
3. SOUNDBITE (French) François Kambembe, internally displaced person:
“I was teaching my pupils when I got caught in an ambush. The enemies stole everything but my sheep. They killed my wife and slit my children’s throats, so I ran away.”
4. Med shot, François walking with other displaced people
5. Wide shot, displaced people walking with their luggage
6. Med shot, feet walking
7. Wide shot, displaced people walking
8. Med shot, Régine walking with her children
9. Wide shot, Régine putting her luggage down
10. Med shot, Regine looking to the distance
11. SOUNDBITE (Tshiluba) Régine, displaced person:
“We suffered so much. These people use machetes as whips. They heat the machetes over a fire and then hack people to death. It was so hard. Then we had to sleep on the ground for weeks. We were starving, especially the kids. Thank god we finally arrived.”
12. Tracking, aid workers carrying food
13. Med shot, aid workers distributing food
14. Wide shot, Andreas Kirchhof speaking to colleagues
15. Med shot, Kirchhof standing with colleagues
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Andreas Kirchhof, Senior External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We need to do more for getting healthcare, food, and also for protecting people. Unaccompanied minors who find themselves without their families, they need somebody who takes care of them.”
17. Wide shot, displaced people gathered
18. Med shot, children sitting against a wall with child sleeping on ground
19. Close up, child sleeping on ground
STORYLINE
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said thousands of people continue to flee fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region.

Some have sought shelter in neighbouring provinces following attacks on their homes. They arrive tired and hungry after walking for weeks in search of safety.

François Kambembe is exhausted. He escaped an attack on his village by militia men in the Kasai province. Along with dozens of others, He was forced, to walk for three weeks to find safety in a neighbouring area. Kambembe said he was haunted by what happened back home.

SOUNDBITE (French) François Kambembe, internally displaced person:
“I was teaching my pupils when I got caught in an ambush. The enemies stole everything but my sheep. They killed my wife and slit my children’s throats, so I ran away.”

Francois and the others are now in Idiofa, a town about 60 km from the border with Kasai.

Fighting in the troubled region broke out between the Congolese security forces and a local militia. UNHCR said more than 1.3 million have been displaced.

Régine just arrived with three of her children. Her brother was brutally murdered by the rebels, and her husband fled in another direction with their oldest son.

SOUNDBITE (Tshiluba) Régine, displaced person:
“We suffered so much. These people use machetes as whips. They heat the machetes over a fire and then hack people to death. It was so hard. Then we had to sleep on the ground for weeks. We were starving, especially the kids. Thank god we finally arrived.”


UNHCR and local partners providing are providing basic assistance to more than 3,000 people who have come to Idiofa. UNHCR said some of the displaced stay in this former hospital, while others are being hosted by local families. But with up to 100 new arrivals every day, UNHCR said much more support is needed.

SOUNDBITE (English) Andreas Kirchhof, Senior External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We need to do more for getting healthcare, food, and also for protecting people. Unaccompanied minors who find themselves without their families, they need somebody who takes care of them.”

UNHCR stressed that the prospects for these people to return to their homes remain grim as conflict rages on in Kasai. Many of the displaced said they will never return to a place where their families were slaughtered.
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