GENEVA / LOWCOCK ROHINGYA UPDATE

06-Oct-2017 00:01:28
The United Nations humanitarian chief called for an immediate end to the violence seen in the Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it the "fastest growing refugee crisis" in the world and the "most heart-rending.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / LOWCOCK ROHINGYA UPDATE
TRT: 1:28
SOURCE: UNTV CH
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 OCTOBER 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Press Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA):
“This is not just the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world right now as of today, it is also one of the most heart-rending.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA):
“This is a crisis whose origins are in Myanmar and whose solutions ultimately have to be in Myanmar and you have heard the Secretary General very clear on what we, as the UN want to see – firstly, immediate end and cessation of the violence; secondly, unhindered, unfettered full access, humanitarian access in Rakhine, especially northern Rakhine; and then thirdly, the conditions to be put in place for safe, dignified, voluntary return of the now more than half a million Rohingya refugees who have fled in the last seven weeks who have fled together with those who fled earlier.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA):
“This is a refugee crisis, these people are refugees: the law is absolutely crystal clear that they meet the test of being a refugee and that means that we want to see the refugee agency- UNHCR play its full role.”
8. Close up hands typing
9. Close up, journalist typing
10. Med shot, UN logo
STORYLINE
The United Nations humanitarian chief called for an immediate end to the violence seen in the Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it the "fastest growing refugee crisis" in the world and the "most heart-rending.”

Mark Lowcock, Emergency Relief Coordinator for the Office of Coordinated Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called the crisis “not just the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world right now as of today, it is also one of the most heart-rending.” In a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, he highlighted that “half a million people do not just pick up sticks and leave their country on a whim.”

More than half a million Rohingya have arrived from Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine since the end of August in what the United Nations has called the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency. The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. As of 3 October, over 500,000 Rohingya refugees had fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh since 25 August. Thousands more reportedly remain stranded and in peril in Myanmar without the means to cross the border into Bangladesh.

Refugees arriving in Bangladesh—mostly women and children—are traumatized, and some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, shrapnel, fire and landmines.

Lowcock emphasized that “this is a crisis whose origins are in Myanmar and whose solutions ultimately have to be in Myanmar”, He reiterated the demands of the UN as wanting to firstly, call for the “immediate end and cessation of the violence; secondly, unhindered, unfettered full humanitarian access in Rakhine, especially northern Rakhine; and then thirdly, the conditions to be put in place for safe, dignified, voluntary return of the now more than half a million Rohingya refugees who have fled in the last seven weeks who have fled together with those who fled earlier.”

In what Lowcock called an intensely personal human crisis, he stressed that this crisis “is a refugee crisis, these people are refugees: the law is absolutely crystal clear that they meet the test of being a refugee and that means that we want to see the refugee agency- UNHCR play its full role”, calling for coordinated relief efforts in the region.

OCHA estimates that 434 million USD are still urgently needed to meet the current humanitarian needs of this crisis, and has scheduled a high-level donor conference in Geneva on 23rd of October. The United Nations and partners are working closely with the Government of Bangladesh to scale up and coordinate the humanitarian response so as to ensure that refugees are protected in line with international standards, and to provide desperately needed support including food, shelter, health care and water.
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