GENEVA / DRC DISPLACEMENT

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UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that violence in eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has displaced around 350,000 people, adding that the humanitarian needs are enormous in the country. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / DRC DISPLACEMENT
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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, United Nations press room
3. Med shot, journalist
4. Med shot, journalists
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlie Yaxley, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“In all, around 350,000 people are estimated to have fled the violence and those who have returned so far are, in many cases, finding their villages and homes have been reduced to ash, making them displaced again.”
7. Med shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlie Yaxley, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“Testimony from another person at a displacement site, a 59-year-old woman, ‘In our neighbourhood, the assailants arrived during the night and killed our neighbours - seven people at once, they were living at the same house. We immediately fled during the night. We slept in a warehouse and waited for a car to take us to Bunia, where we spent three days until we were allowed to leave. Sometimes people go to the field and find dead bodies with some parts cut out. People are getting chopped in pieces.”
9. Medium shot, journalists typing on laptops
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlie Yaxley, Spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“This is a very resource-poor part of the world anyway, the prospects are incredibly slim, the humanitarian funding is really lacking. These people are being forgotten and left to fend for themselves.”
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12. Wide shot, United Nations press room podium
13. Close up, journalist
14. Med shot, speakers at podium

STORYLINE:

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that violence in eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has displaced around 350,000 people, adding that the humanitarian needs are enormous in the country.

UNHCR’s Spokesperson Charlie Yaxley told journalists in Geneva that UNHCR staff had just obtained access to Ituri region, where they met some of the displaced.

He said “in all, around 350,000 people are estimated to have fled the violence and those who have returned so far are, in many cases, finding their villages and homes have been reduced to ash, making them displaced again.”

According to UNHCR, they are the people who have fled months of ethnic clashes between the Hema and Lendu groups, in the eastern part of the country.

There have also been reports of armed groups attacking civilians with guns, arrows and machetes and razing entire villages, the UNHCR spokesperson noted.

Citing many harrowing accounts, Yaxley repeated the testimony of one 59-year-old woman, who described how “assailants arrived during the night and killed our neighbours. Seven people at once, they were living at the same house. We immediately fled during the night. We slept in a warehouse and waited for a car to take us to Bunia, where we spent three days until we were allowed to leave. Sometimes people go to the field and find dead bodies with some parts cut out. People are getting chopped in pieces.”

In addition to the bloodshed, hospitals, schools, and other key infrastructure have been completely destroyed.

UNHCR is also extremely concerned about the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and who are in urgent need of medical care.

Conditions at displacement sites are just as desperate, the UN agency says, warning that there is a lack of clean water and no to healthcare.

At a displacement site near Bunia hospital, there is also a “significant and rising” risk of diseases spreading, while the number of people suffering from respiratory diseases and anemia is growing fast.

To address needs, UNHCR has provided emergency and transition shelter kits to replace houses that have been damaged or destroyed.

Cash grants are also being made available to the most desperate cases, with 1,500 families set to receive an average of $210.

UNHCR is also scaling up community engagement to improve social cohesion among different ethnic groups, but its efforts have been hampered by a lack of funding, it said in a statement.

To date, the agency has received only 17 per cent of the $201 million requested to provide protection, life-saving aid and assistance inside DRC.

The spokesperson said “this is a very resource-poor part of the world anyway, the prospects are incredibly slim, the humanitarian funding is really lacking. These people are being forgotten and left to fend for themselves.”
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