GENEVA / TIGRAY ERITREA REFUGEES

21-Jan-2022 00:01:37
For the first time in three weeks, aid teams have reached refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, only to find the Eritreans living there “scared and struggling to get enough to eat”, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / TIGRAY ERITREA REFUGEES
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DATELINE: 21 JANUARY 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND


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21 JANUARY 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, United Nations Palace of Nations exterior
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Cheshirkov, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“After three weeks with no access due to the security situation, UNHCR staff members managed to reach Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia earlier this week for the first time since the recent air strikes in and near the camps.”
4. Wide shot, speakers at dais, TV screens displaying speaker
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Cheshirkov, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Our team found refugees scared and struggling to get enough to eat, lacking medicine and with little or no access to clean water.”
6. Wide shot, speakers at dais, TV screens displaying speaker
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Cheshirkov, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Despite concerted efforts, the complete inability to move supplies into the region means that extreme hunger is an increasing concern.”
8. Med shot, photographer taking photos
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Cheshirkov, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“The desperate situation in these camps is a stark example of the impact of the lack of access and supplies affecting millions of displaced people and other civilians throughout the region.”
10. Med shot, participant, masked, looking at laptop
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Cheshirkov, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“If food, medicine, fuel and other supplies cannot be immediately brought in, and if we continue to be unable to relocate refugees out of harm's way to where we can provide them with life-saving assistance, more refugees will die.”
12. Med shot, participant, masked
13. Close up, hand writing
14. Wide shot, speakers at dais, participants, empty chairs
15. Med shot, speakers at dais

STORYLINE:

For the first time in three weeks, aid teams have reached refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, only to find the Eritreans living there “scared and struggling to get enough to eat”, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.

More than 25,000 refugees live in in Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps in Tigray, where UNHCR has urged all parties to the conflict to guarantee safe passage, so that they can be relocated to neighbouring Amara region.

“After three weeks with no access due to the security situation, UNHCR staff members managed to reach Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia earlier this week for the first time since the recent air strikes in and near the camps,” said Boris Cheshirkov, UNHCR spokesperson. “Our team found refugees scared and struggling to get enough to eat, lacking medicine and with little or no access to clean water.”

The work of humanitarians has been hindered by a lack of fuel, preventing clean water from being pumped in or trucked to the camps. This has left refugees with no option but to collect water from streams that are rapidly drying up, leaving them vulnerable to water-borne diseases.

“Despite concerted efforts, the complete inability to move supplies into the region means that extreme hunger is an increasing concern,” Mr Cheshirkov noted, adding that more than 20 people had reportedly died in the last six weeks alone, amid deteriorating conditions and in particular a lack of medicine.

“With food running out in the camp and no additional stocks available for distribution, refugees tell us they have resorted to selling their clothes and few belongings to try to get food,” the UNHCR official said, before warning that more refugees will die, “if food, medicine, fuel and other supplies cannot be immediately brought in, and if we continue to be unable to relocate refugees out of harm's way”.

The development is the latest development in the armed conflict in Tigray which began on 3 November 2020 between Ethiopian national forces, Eritrean troops, Amhara forces and other militias on one side, and forces loyal to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation front on the other.

Echoing the UN-wide call for all parties in Ethiopia to protect civilians and to respect everyone’s human rights and fundamental freedoms, Mr. Cheshirkov insisted that refugees “must not be held hostage” in the conflict.

“The desperate situation in these camps is a stark example of the impact of the lack of access and supplies affecting millions of displaced persons and other civilians throughout the region,” he added.

The development comes as UN aid coordination office, OCHA, warned that food distribution in Tigray is at its “all-time lowest”.

Food stocks and fuel are almost entirely exhausted, meaning that only about 10,000 people received assistance between 6 and 12 January – a drop in the ocean compared to the estimated 9.4 million who require humanitarian food assistance in Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions, which is an increase of 2.7 million from four months ago.
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