UN / DSG ETHIOPIA PRESSER

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Upon her return from a five-day trip to Ethiopia, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said, “trust has been broken in Ethiopia, and we need to find ways to support the country, the leadership, the people find that pathway back to rebuilding that trust and therefore rebuilding peace for their people.” UNIFEED / FILE

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DATELINE: 11 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

11 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Trust has been broken in Ethiopia, and we need to find ways to support the country, the leadership, the people find that pathway back to rebuilding that trust and therefore rebuilding peace for their people.”
5. Med shot, cameraman
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The message all the way along was that there was no finger pointing for me, it was to say that at this stage with the the conflict and the tragedies horrendous that that, no one wins, and the peace really is indispensable. And for the burden that it has put on the shoulders of women and girls, this is quite unacceptable and really the cessation of hostilities was an emergency.”
7. Wide shot, dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Ethiopian women writ large were affected in a way that is unimaginable. In your worst nightmares you cannot imagine what has happened to the women in Ethiopia. And this is not by region, this is across the regions.”
9. Med shot, reporter asking question
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I think without a shadow of a doubt, justice and accountability has to be had. I think that's very much part of up front center of the national dialogues. They cannot achieve any lasting peace without reconciling and being held to account the atrocities across the country. And so, when I say no finger pointing in that region, there is everyone to blame if you want to blame them. They were committed across the borders and the regions that were there. And accountability must be had.”
11. Wide shot, dais

06 FEBRUARY 2022, SOMALI REGION, ETHIOPIA

12. Driving shot, UN convoy on road
13. Driving shot, people welcoming Deputy Secretary-General on road
14. Wide shot, men gathered to meet Deputy Secretary-General
15. Wide shot, women gathered to meet Deputy Secretary-General
16. Wide shot, Deputy Secretary-General and Ethiopian President meeting women
17. Driving shot, cattle on side of road
18. Various shots, Deputy Secretary-General and Ethiopian President walking with camels in background

STORYLINE:

Upon her return from a five-day trip to Ethiopia, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today (11 Feb) said, “trust has been broken in Ethiopia, and we need to find ways to support the country, the leadership, the people find that pathway back to rebuilding that trust and therefore rebuilding peace for their people.”

Mohammed said her message in Ethiopia had been “that there was no finger pointing” and that “at this stage with the the conflict and the tragedies horrendous that that, no one wins, and the peace really is indispensable.”

She stressed “the burden” that the conflict has put on the shoulders of women and girls” and that “the cessation of hostilities was an emergency.”

The Deputy Secretary-General said, “Ethiopian women writ large were affected in a way that is unimaginable. In your worst nightmares you cannot imagine what has happened to the women in Ethiopia. And this is not by region, this is across the regions.”

Asked by a reporter about accountability, she said, “I think without a shadow of a doubt, justice and accountability has to be had. I think that's very much part of up front center of the national dialogues. They cannot achieve any lasting peace without reconciling and being held to account the atrocities across the country. And so, when I say no finger pointing in that region, there is everyone to blame if you want to blame them. They were committed across the borders and the regions that were there. And accountability must be had.”

During her visit, the deputy chief met people living in the regions of Tigray, Amhara, Somali, and Afar, where she witnessed the tragedies of the conflict first-hand, but also learned of the efforts made by the Government and people in Ethiopia, to end the fighting.

Mohammed represented the Secretary General at the opening of the 35th session oft he Assembly of the African Union (AU), where she spoke with African leaders on pressing issues, ranging from development and conflict, to the many humanitarian crises besetting the continent.
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