UN / SYRIA IRAQ REFUGEES

06-Sep-2017 00:01:56
The UN’s refugee agency’s (UNHCR) Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria, Amin Awad, said the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen continue to affect women and children the most. UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / SYRIA IRAQ REFUGEES
TRT: 01:59
SOURCE: UNIFEED / FILE
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

06 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Amin Awad at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amin Awad, Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau, UNHCR:
“The war that’s raging in Syria is bringing unprecedented destruction, human right abuses, and the sectors of the population who are taking the brunt of this are children and women.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amin Awad, Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau, UNHCR:
“People are in need of international assistance, people are in need of international protection; and the most vulnerable categories of the population are children and women. And that is a repeat now throughout the region. If you look at the conflicts that are erupting in Syria and in Iraq and the conflict that we see now in Yemen, where out of 23 million people in Yemen, 20 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amin Awad, Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau, UNHCR:
“We have been making some successes in entering some of these besieges areas as inter-agency convoys, not one agency but the UN as a whole, and I think that our negotiation at times brings dividends. But at times, yes, we fail. We fail the people who are trapped. But it takes two to tango. If you have terrorists and you have hostile groups that are holding hostages against their will there is no logic, there is the logic of war.”
8. Med shot, journalist
9. Wide shot, end of presser

FILE – UNHCR - 28 APRIL 2017, HOMS, SYRIA

10. Various shots, destroyed buildings
11. Med shot, family walking down street
12. Wide shot, family entering building

FILE – UNHCR - 4 JULY 2017, AL-KHADRA NEIGHBORHOOD, EAST MOSUL, IRAQ

13. Wide shot, destroyed buildings
14. Wide shot, mother and children in rubble
15. Wide shot, small girl in rubble
STORYLINE
The UN’s refugee agency’s (UNHCR) Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria, Amin Awad, today (06 Sep) said the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen continue to affect women and children the most.

Speaking to journalists in New York, Awad said “the war that’s raging in Syria is bringing unprecedented destruction, human right abuses, and the sectors of the population who are taking the brunt of this are children and women.”

In Iraq, he said “people are in need of international assistance, people are in need of international protection; and the most vulnerable categories of the population are children and women.”

The UNHCR official said this is taking place throughout the region.

He said “if you look at the conflicts that are erupting in Syria and in Iraq and the conflict that we see now in Yemen, where out of 23 million people in Yemen, 20 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.”

Awad said there has been some success in entering besieges areas as inter-agency UN convoys, and stressed that “our negotiation at times brings dividends.”

But at times, he said “we fail the people who are trapped,” adding that when “you have terrorists and you have hostile groups that are holding hostages against their will there is no logic, there is the logic of war.”
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