MALI / ERTHARIN COUSIN

20-Mar-2013 00:01:11
The people of Mali continue to suffer the impact of mass displacement and they urgently need food and other humanitarian assistance, says the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, on her return from a five-day trip to Mali and Burkina Faso (13-17 March) WFP
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STORY: MALI / ERTHARIN COUSIN
TRT: 1.11
SOURCE: WFP
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE 17 MARCH 2013, SÉVARÉ REFUGEE CAMP, MOPTI
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, WFP food bags piled in camp
2. Med shot, bags of grain
3. Med shiot, family receiving food aid
4. Various shots, people receving food aid

17 MARCH, SÉVARÉ REFUGEE CAMP, MOPTI

5. Med shot, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin walking with other officials at the Sévaré camp
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, WFP:
“People here are still suffering, people here still need assistance, the crises is not over it is not safe in many city of the north, and they can not go home, so we need to continue provide support and assistance so the children can continue to receive food”
7. Wide shot, Cousin in camp with officials
8. Various shots, handling bag of food aid
9. Wide shot, food distribution
10. Wide shot, distribution of food aid
11. Various shots, young woman pounding grains
STORYLINE
The people of Mali continue to suffer the impact of mass displacement and they urgently need food and other humanitarian assistance, said the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, on her return from a five-day trip to Mali and Burkina Faso (13-17 March).

There, she met people affected by the conflict in Mali and by cycles of drought and poor harvests.

Yesterday, meeting those displaced in Mopti, Cousin said that “people are still suffering; the crisis is not over. It is not safe in many of the communities in the North and people cannot go home.”

Mopti is a central Malian town considered the gateway to the country’s north. From there, WFP is sending food by road and riverboat to Timbuktu, further upstream.

Parts of Mali have recently become more accessible and WFP has begun to send food to Northern Mali, which had been cut off from most humanitarian assistance since conflict flared one year ago. However the situation is still volatile and many areas remain out of reach.

The United Nations says more than 270,000 people have been displaced within Mali, while more than 170,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger. WFP and its partners are providing food assistance in all four countries.
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