OHCHR / BACHELET BURKINA FASO

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On Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited Dori, where she met with community and religious leaders, local government officials and people displaced due to the effects of armed conflict and climate change. OHCHR

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DATELINE: 30 NOVEMBER 2021, DORI, BURKINA FASO

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, aerial views of the Sahel north of Ouagadougou
2. Aerial shot, Dori
3. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet arrival at helipad in Dori
4. Wide shot, people at well with containers and their Donkey drawn chariots
5. Med shot, man with container of water on chariot
6. Wide shot, awning at the “Centre action social de Dori”
7. Med shot, Bachelet and delegation in meeting
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Internally Displaced Woman, Burkina Faso:
“Since we arrived here, we do not have a home, we do not have a job, and there is the issue of water, as we moved in with the people living in this town.”
9. Wide shot, Bachelet listening to the IDPs and refugees
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Internally Displaced Woman, Burkina Faso:
“We would like you to commit to the issue of water, sanitation, health care, and the cases of gender-based violence, you need to help us and our children to be independent, help for the elderly and training for the youth.”
11. Med shot, IDPs and refugees clapping
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Refugee Woman, Mali:
“I am a Malian refugee in Burkina Faso, we have been here since 2012.”
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Refugee Woman, Mali:
“There are no schools, there is no water, there are so many problems in Dori, we are all dispersed, we are not even sure where our people are.”
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“We understand the problems that you are dealing with as a community, but also people who have been displaced but refugees as well.”
15. Med shot, IDP’s and refugees
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“I know that you do not want charity, you want to have your own capacity to do things.”
17. Med shot IDPs and refugees
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“There is an issue of conflict, and there is an issue of development, but they also need peace. Because otherwise the conflict continues. If there is no peace, there will be new IDPs. Just yesterday, we had 14,500 new IDPs in a place close by called Kaya. So, there are conflicts going on and you need peace and we ask the women what could we do for peace? There have been some ideas in terms of dialogue, the need of dialogue, the need of ensuring opportunities for everyone, and that is why we want to continue to keep working with the government and all stakeholders, and with the people affected by displacement, refugees, so they can be also be a part of the solution.”
19. Wide shot, awning at the “Centre action social de Dori”

STORYLINE:

On Tuesday (30 Nov) the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited Dori, where she met with community and religious leaders, local government officials and people displaced due to the effects of armed conflict and climate change.

More than 1.4 million people have been internally displaced amid increasing reports of horrific acts of violence and other human rights abuses by violent extremist groups. At the “Centre d’action sociale” in the town of Dori, IDPs come to ask for help.

The town has doubled to over 100,000 inhabitants following attacks in November on a Camp (Goudoubou), 15 km from the city. Following these attacks most refugees have found shelter with families in Dori.

SOUNDBITE (French) Internally Displaced Woman, Burkina Faso:
“Since we arrived here, we do not have a home, we do not have a job, and there is the issue of water, as we moved in with the people living in this town.”

Forced to flee from their homes, having left behind land and livelihood, the internally displaced people I met told me they were eager to find the means to earn a living.

SOUNDBITE (French) Internally Displaced Woman, Burkina Faso:
“We would like you to commit to the issue of water, sanitation, health care, and the cases of gender-based violence, you need to help us and our children to be independent, help for the elderly and training for the youth.”

Some refugees have been displaced several times due to insecurity, and attacks by violent extremist groups, but also due to climate change.

SOUNDBITE (French) Refugee Woman, Mali:
“I am a Malian refugee in Burkina Faso, we have been here since 2012.”

The schools have been closing down due to the violence and insecurity.

SOUNDBITE (French) Refugee Woman, Mali:
“There are no schools, there is no water, there are so many problems in Dori, we are all dispersed, we are not even sure where our people are.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“We understand the problems that you are dealing with as a community, but also people who have been displaced but refugees as well.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“I know that you do not want charity, you want to have your own capacity to do things.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations:
“There is an issue of conflict, and there is an issue of development, but they also need peace. Because otherwise the conflict continues. If there is no peace, there will be new IDPs. Just yesterday, we had 14,500 new IDPs in a place close by called Kaya. So, there are conflicts going on and you need peace and we ask the women what could we do for peace? There have been some ideas in terms of dialogue, the need of dialogue, the need of ensuring opportunities for everyone, and that is why we want to continue to keep working with the government and all stakeholders, and with the people affected by displacement, refugees, so they can be also be a part of the solution.”

Bachelet began her official visit to Burkina Faso on Saturday (27 Nov) at the invitation of the government to open the UN Human Rights Office.

During her visit, she met with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and several other high-level officials, as well as the Commission Nationale des Droits Humains and representatives of civil society organisations. She also met with high-ranking officers of the G5 Sahel Joint Force.

Burkina Faso is today facing a multitude of challenges with severe impacts on a wide range of human rights of its people. Violent extremist groups are increasingly launching devastating attacks throughout the country, particularly in the Sahel region bordering Mali and Niger. Climate change is stripping the livelihoods of farmers and herders, leading to more conflicts and affecting access to water, food and health.

An already difficult humanitarian situation has become much more dire, with some 3 million people food insecure and more than 3.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance – a 60 per cent increase since January last year.
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