GENEVA / SYRIA UPDATE

28-Nov-2017 00:02:36
The situation in Eastern Ghouta outside Syria’s capital is "absolutely desperate" according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA SYRIA UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bettina Lüscher, Spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP):
”When our colleagues went to besieged Eastern Ghouta in rural Damascus this month, the community leaders told them that people were resorting to eating food from garbage, children are so weak that they are fainting at school, they eating animal fodder, they are skipping meal, they are begging on the streets – this is a nightmare situation in the 21 century that does not have to happen.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. Wide shot, press briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bettina Lüscher, Spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP):
”Food insecure people mean in a nutshell: they don’t know where the next meal is coming from. Those are the latest assessments that have been going on. And 10 million people is of course a huge number.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Yesterday an UN Syrian Arab Red Crescent inter-agency convoy was not able to enter La Sharbier in besieged Eastern Ghouta due to fighting in the area. The convoy contained food, health and nutrition items for some 7, 200 people in need. While guarantees of safe passage had been granted before the humanitarian convoy moved, it was forced to turn back following shelling and explosions in the area. Schools and markets in the besieged enclave have also been interrupted and movement between towns have been extremely limited due to the security situation in recent weeks. This is obviously causing additional suffering for the civilian population already facing rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions due to significant shortage of food and medicine and other basic supplies.”
9. Med shot, reporters
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We estimate that nearly 400, 000 people live in besieged Eastern Ghouta and that makes up some 94% of the total number of people besieged across Syria. We remind all parties to the conflict of their responsibility to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to facilitate safe, unimpeded and sustainable access to all in need, particularly the 3 million people in besieged and hard to reach areas as required by International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.”
11. Wide shot, journalists
STORYLINE
The situation in Eastern Ghouta outside Syria’s capital is "absolutely desperate" according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

The comments were made to the media Tuesday (28 Nov)at the beginning of yet another round of intra-Syrian talks, the 8th so far, at the United Nations in Geneva.

Bettina Lüscher, a spokesperson for WFP said ”when our colleagues went to besieged Eastern Ghouta in rural Damascus this month, the community leaders told them that people were resorting to eating food from garbage, children are so weak that they are fainting at school, they eating animal fodder, they are skipping meal, they are begging on the streets – this is a night mare situation in the 21 century that does not have to happen.”

She said” food insecure people, means, in a nutshell: they don’t know where the next meal is coming from. Those are the latest assessments that have been going on. And 10 million people is of course a huge number.”

WFP has delivered food to more than 100,000 people in Syria the last two months, as well as special nutrient supplies to nearly 25,000 children.

The ongoing fighting in Eastern Ghouta and some other Syrian cities and towns has made the delivery of humanitarian aid and food difficult.

Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that “yesterday an UN Syrian Arab Red Crescent inter-agency convoy was not able to enter La Sharbier in besieged Eastern Ghouta due to fighting in the area. The convoy contained food, health and nutrition items for some 7, 200 people in need. While guarantees of safe passage had been granted before the humanitarian convoy moved, it was forced to turn back following shelling and explosions in the area”.

Laerke added that “schools and markets in the besieged enclave have also been interrupted and movement between towns have been extremely limited due to the security situation in recent weeks. This is obviously causing additional suffering for the civilian population already facing rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions due to significant shortage of food and medicine and other basic supplies”.

Badly needed evacuations also weren’t possible during the last weeks. Humanitarian convoys were last able to enter the area on November 12.

Laerke said that “we estimate that nearly 400, 000 people live in besieged Eastern Ghouta and that makes up some 94% of the total number of people besieged across Syria. We remind all parties to the conflict of their responsibility to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to facilitate safe, unimpeded and sustainable access to all in need, particularly the 3 million people in besieged and hard to reach areas as required by International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law”.
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