UN / BURKINA FASO HUMANITARIAN

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Following his recent visit to Burkina Faso, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ramesh Rajasingham told reporters in New York that life-saving response must be scaled up to meet “growing humanitarian needs in many parts of the country,” and “credible solutions, sustainable solutions” are necessary “to prevent this from becoming a protracted crisis with no end point in sight.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 04 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

04 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ramesh Rajasingham at the dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We need to scale up the life-saving response now to meet growing humanitarian needs in many parts of the country. We’ve had increasing vulnerability, more displacement, that we need to address. And secondly, we must act to prevent - credible solutions, sustainable solutions – to prevent this from becoming a protracted crisis with no end point in sight.”

FILE - 10 FEBRUARY 2021, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

4. Various shots, Rajasingham exchanging with IDPs

04 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“If we don’t do both, people will get stuck in a vicious cycle of conflict, climatic shocks, humanitarian needs compounded by the COVID-19 crisis. This will obviously inevitably lead to more food shortages, more instability, and more displacement.”

FILE - 10 FEBRUARY 2021, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

6. Various shots, children listening to Rajasingham

04 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“One million people have been driven from their homes by armed groups in just one year. It is the world’s fastest displacement crisis. Host communities have generously welcomed many of the displaced and given them a measure of protection.”

10 FEBRUARY 2021, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

8. Various shots, Rajasingham meeting with displaced persons

04 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“If the drivers of the crisis are not addressed, it can only keep them in a holding pattern, depending on aid, which as we all know will hugely impact their dignity, but also their ability to recover when the opportunity arrives. So, sustainable action is really needed right now to shore up their resilience and reduce future needs. And our organizations, humanitarian organizations, development organizations, are well placed to do that. They have the capacity, but they need resources.”
8. Wide shot, end of presser

STORYLINE:

Following his recent visit to Burkina Faso, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ramesh Rajasingham today (4 Mar) told reporters in New York that life-saving response must be scaled up to meet “growing humanitarian needs in many parts of the country,” and “credible solutions, sustainable solutions” are necessary “to prevent this from becoming a protracted crisis with no end point in sight.”

Rajasingham, who met with several communities affected and displaced by the violence in Djibo and Kaya, said, “if we don’t do both, people will get stuck in a vicious cycle of conflict, climatic shocks, humanitarian needs compounded by the COVID-19 crisis,” which will “inevitably lead to more food shortages, more instability, and more displacement.”

The humanitarian official said, “one million people have been driven from their homes by armed groups in just one year. It is the world’s fastest displacement crisis.”

He stressed that “if the drivers of the crisis are not addressed, it can only keep them in a holding pattern, depending on aid, which as we all know will hugely impact their dignity, but also their ability to recover when the opportunity arrives.”

With rising insecurity and conflict over the past two years, humanitarian needs have increased sharply, and a record 3.5 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2021.
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