GENEVA / AMOS CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

07-Mar-2014 00:01:51
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos says unless donors countries give money pledged forCentral African Republicsoon, people will die. CH UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / AMOS CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
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SOURCE: CH UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 7 MARCH 2014 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, press room, Palais des Nations
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
“Our estimate is that at least, well, nearly half, it’s a population of 4.6 million on our strategic response plan. We are targeting the vulnerable people. 1.9 million. and as I said we have raised 16 percent of the funding overall. We think the are 2 ½ million people who need assistance across the country.”
3. Cutaway, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
“We have been pushing extensively with those countries that pledged, to try and get that money released, because you can imagine 200 million would make a significant difference.”
5. Cutaway, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
“If we are going to continue with anything like a reasonable response, in a country like the Central African Republic, you need to preposition. The road network is extremely poor. Once the rains come they are practically impassable. Then you have IDP sites like the site at the airport with 70,000 refugees. I talked about the possibility of disease outbreaks. We haven’t had them so far. With 70,000 people in an IDP site that just gets overrun with rain, shelter is extremely poor. It will be absolutely terrible and we will see that repeated across the country and I have no doubt that if we don’t get these resources and do more then people will die.”
STORYLINE
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos says unless donors countries give money pledged for Central African Republic soon, people will die.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva after briefing donors on Friday (7 Mar), Ms Amos said the United Nations has been pushing extensively with donors to get money pledged released because "200 million would make a significant difference.

"I have no doubt that if we don't get those resources and do more, then people will die," the Humanitarian coordinator said.

Ms. Amos said nearly have of the Central African Republic's 4.6 million people need assistance. The United Nations was targeting, the most vulnerable, about 1.9 million.

In a country like the Central African Republic where the roads are extremely poor and become practically impassable once the rains come, prepositioning food was vital.

She spoke as well of the danger of disease outbreaks in overcrowded IDP sites throughout the Central African Republic .

Without resources to help, Ms. Amos said, people will die.

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