UN / DRC ATTACK UPDATE

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03-Feb-2022 00:01:50
Providing an update on Tuesday’s attack in the province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq said, “UN peacekeepers are continuing to conduct robust patrols in the area” and “have also reinforced their Temporary Operating Base in the area with troops from Bunia.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 03 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Aerial shot, United Nations Headquarters

03 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq walks up to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On Tuesday’s attack in the province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN peacekeepers are continuing to conduct robust patrols in the area. They have also reinforced their Temporary Operating Base in the area with troops from Bunia. These additional troops will focus on providing security around the Savo site for displaced people – the one attacked earlier this week. Yesterday, the UN mission mobilized two helicopters to facilitate the medical evacuation to Bunia of 19 wounded civilians, while humanitarian workers provided medical supplies. MONUSCO, The UN mission, is also telling us they have maintained communication with the military Governor of the province of Ituri, to discuss security arrangements and an increased presence of national security forces. The Mission also engaged with the Territorial Administrator and key stakeholders at the local and provincial levels, including leaders of the Hema and Lendu communities, to urge them to intervene to de-escalate tensions and prevent an increase of communal violence in the Djugu territory, where the Savo IDP site is located.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration expressed their horror at Tuesday’s attack. IOM and UNHCR teams in Ituri are coordinating with other humanitarian actors to scale up the emergency response. The site, which is managed by UNHCR and partner CARITAS, hosted more than 20,000 displaced people, including more than 13,000 children. Many of the site’s residents have fled to Bule town, three kilometers away.”
7. Wide shot, Haq at the podium

STORYLINE:

Providing an update on Tuesday’s attack in the province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq today (3 Feb) said, “UN peacekeepers are continuing to conduct robust patrols in the area” and “have also reinforced their Temporary Operating Base in the area with troops from Bunia.”

These additional troops, Haq said, “will focus on providing security around the Savo site for displaced people – the one attacked earlier this week.”

The attacks by Coopérative pour le développement du Congo (CODECO) militias on the Savo camp left at least 58 civilians dead and 36 injured.

The spokesperson told reporters in New York that the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) “mobilized two helicopters to facilitate the medical evacuation to Bunia of 19 wounded civilians, while humanitarian workers provided medical supplies.”

The mission, he said, has urged key stakeholders at the local and provincial levels “to intervene to de-escalate tensions and prevent an increase of communal violence in the Djugu territory, where the Savo IDP site is located.”

Haq said the site, which is managed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and partner CARITAS, “hosted more than 20,000 displaced people, including more than 13,000 children.”

Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement strongly condemned the attacks and called on the Congolese authorities to investigate these incidents and bring those responsible to justice, noting the reprehensible nature of these attacks on a site where civilians who had already been displaced by conflict had sought protection and humanitarian assistance.
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