DRC / DISPLACED LOWCOCK VISIT

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During his visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock traveled to Kalemie in the south-eastern province of Tanganyka where he visited the Katanika displacement site and spoke with some of the over 13,000 people who live there. OCHA
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STORY: DRC / LOWCOCK DISPLACED VISIT
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DATELINE: 13 MARCH 2018, KATANIKA AND KALUNGA SITES FOR DISPLACED, KALEMIE, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

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13 MARCH 2018, KATANIKA SITE FOR DISPLACED, KALEMIE, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

1. Med shot, Lowcock greeting the IDP camp committee of Katanika
2. Med shot, Lowcock and Minister Kaag listening to a woman telling the problems of the people,
3. Close up, woman speaking
4. SOUNDBITE (English), Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“So, we are visiting Katanika, Internally Displaced People’s camp today in Tanganyika, just on the lake, in Eastern DRC. You can see behind me the conditions, in which these people have been forced to flee from their homes. Run away from violence and fighting. The conditions that they’re living in.”
5. Med shot, woman with her children talking to Lowcock about her problems
6. Med shot, woman crying
7. Med shot, child telling his story to Lowcock
8. Close up, child speaking to Lowcock
9. Close up, girl telling her story to Lowcock
10. Med shot, girl talking
11. Wide shot, young girl walking away among the huts.

13 MARCH 2018, KALUNGA SITE FOR DISPLACED, KALEMIE, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

12. Med shot, Lowcock and Minister Kaag greeting the camp committee of Kalunga
13. Med shot, President talking to Lowcock and Minister Kaag
14. SOUNDBITE (English), Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The thing that’s needed above all is peace and security. And MONUSCO, the UN peace-keeping operation is doing a very good job. But the politicians of this country, and the men with guns, need to bring the conflict and fighting to an end.”
15. Wide shot, IDPs sitting and standing in front of hut
16. SOUNDBITE (English), Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The situation is very bad, and the single biggest problem we have is we are short of funds to meet the needs of these people.”
17. Med shot, young girl standing in front of her mother.
18. SOUNDBITE (English), Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“We are appealing this year for 1.7 billion dollars for humanitarian assistance in Congo. That’s twice as much as we appealed for last year, because the problem is twice as bad.”
19. Med shot, Woman and child sitting on the ground between huts.
20. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “We will be co-hosting in Geneva on the 13th of April an event to seek pledges of financial support, but also to tell the story of resilience and determination and generosity of the people of Congo for their neighbors.”
21. Wide shot, IDPs gathered in roadway


STORYLINE:

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and the Netherlands’ Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag today wrapped up a two-day mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), by visiting two IDP camps in Kalemie, Tanganyika Province.

The two officials called on the international community to urgently address the crisis facing the DRC where humanitarian needs have doubled since last year.

More than 13 million people in DRC need humanitarian assistance and 4.5 million have been forced to flee their homes as a result of fighting. More than 4.6 million Congolese children are acutely malnourished, including 2.2 million cases of severe acute malnutrition. Epidemics are spreading, including the worst outbreak of cholera in 15 years.

Lowcock and Kaag travelled to Kalemie in the south-eastern province of Tanganyika where they visited the Katanika displacement site and spoke with some of the over 13,000 people who live there, having fled ethnic violence.

Standing above the sprawling camp, Lowcock said, "you can see behind me the conditions, in which these people have been forced to flee from their homes. Run away from violence and fighting. The conditions that they’re living in.”

Minister Kaag also joined a group of women including survivors of sexual violence, to listen to their experiences, needs, and hopes for the future. In Katanika, as in most Congolese provinces affected by displacement, women and children make up the majority of the severely affected people.

Kaag and Lowcock also travelled to the Kalunga displacement site which has received nearly 3,500 displaced families since November 2016 and where education, water and sanitation, and agricultural projects have been established by humanitarian partners to help meet the needs of displaced people.

Lowcock said “the thing that’s needed above all is peace and security” stressing that “the politicians of this country, and the men with guns, need to bring the conflict and fighting to an end.”

He said, “the single biggest problem we have is we are short of funds to meet the needs of these people” and added the humanitarian appeal this year for the DRC is 1.7 billion dollars, “twice as much as we appealed for last year, because the problem is twice as bad.”

On Monday, Lowcock and Kaag met with acting Prime Minister and Vice Prime Minister Mr. Jose Makila Sumanda and the Minister of Solidarity and Humanitarian Action, Mr. Bernard Biando Sango, and discussed the impact of insecurity on aid operations. The Government representatives said they would further facilitate the work of humanitarian organisations and reduce tariffs for humanitarian imports including medicines and food

On 13 April in Geneva, the European Commission, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates will co-host the first-ever humanitarian donor conference for DRC.
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