UN / UKRAINE AND ETHIOPIA UPDATES

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Updating reporters on the situation in Ukraine, a UN spokesperson said over the weekend humanitarians delivered 40 tonnes of critical relief supplies to people living in heavily impacted cities. On Ethiopia, the UN warned that the World Food Programme (WFP) will completely run out of food for refugees by October. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

09 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric walks up to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Turning to Ukraine, our humanitarian colleagues there tell us that over the weekend they delivered over 40 tonnes of critical relief supplies to people living in the heavily impacted cities of Chasiv Yar, Siversk and Soledar, in the Donetsk oblast. You may recall that Chasiv Yar, close to the front line, suffered one of the deadliest attacks since the beginning of the war, when a municipal dormitory sheltering vulnerable people was hit in the first week of July, killing nearly 50 people and injuring many others. The seven-truck humanitarian convoy brought bottled water and water purification tabs, emergency health kits, hygiene items, blankets and other relief supplies to more than 6,000 people to help them prepare for the upcoming cold season, otherwise known as winter.”
4. Wide shot, presser
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our humanitarian colleagues said that the conflict continues to take a heavy toll on civilians in the three cities, and across Donetsk oblast. Yesterday, at least one civilian was killed and five others injured in shelling in Chasiv Yar, according to local authorities.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“People who remain in Siversk, mainly the elderly and those with limited mobility, are spending their days in shelters, hiding from the constant bombardment. People from Siversk and Soledar, who were in Chasiv Yar, told our colleagues that they face tremendous challenges accessing safe water, cooking [gas], food, and shelter, due to the destruction of homes. We, along with our partners, still have not been able to reach areas beyond the control of the Ukrainian Government despite extensive efforts and ongoing engagement with all parties to the conflict. We call on those parties to urgently facilitate the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance to the people who have been hardest hit by the war.”
8. Wide shot, presser
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Another update from Ethiopia. The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency), joined by the Ethiopian Government, today appealed for $73m to provide food rations to more than 750,000 refugees in Ethiopia, over the next six months. They warned that WFP will completely run out of food for refugees by October. Just around the corner. Due to protracted funding shortfalls, the World Food Programme has already been forced to cut rations for 750,000 registered refugees living in 22 camps and five sites in hosting communities in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Somali and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. Food insecurity amongst the refugees has risen as a result of the cuts and is even further compounded by current global limitations to food availability, economic shocks, rising costs of food and energy, the fallout of COVID-19, conflict and insecurity.”
10. Wide shot, presser

STORYLINE:

Updating reporters on the situation in Ukraine, a UN spokesperson today (9 Aug) said over the weekend humanitarians delivered 40 tonnes of critical relief supplies to people living in heavily impacted cities of Chasiv Yar, Siversk and Soledar, in the Donetsk oblast.

Stephane Dujarric added, “You may recall that Chasiv Yar, close to the front line, suffered one of the deadliest attacks since the beginning of the war, when a municipal dormitory sheltering vulnerable people was hit in the first week of July, killing nearly 50 people and injuring many others.”

The seven-truck humanitarian convoy brought bottled water and water purification tabs, emergency health kits, hygiene items, blankets and other relief supplies to more than 6,000 people to help them prepare for the upcoming cold season, otherwise known as winter.

The spokesperson also said, “Our humanitarian colleagues said that the conflict continues to take a heavy toll on civilians in the three cities, and across Donetsk oblast. Yesterday, at least one civilian was killed and five others injured in shelling in Chasiv Yar, according to local authorities.”

People who remain in Siversk, mainly the elderly and those with limited mobility, are spending their days in shelters, hiding from the constant bombardment. People from Siversk and Soledar, who were in Chasiv Yar, told our colleagues that they face tremendous challenges accessing safe water, cooking [gas], food, and shelter, due to the destruction of homes, Dujarric said.

He added, “We, along with our partners, still have not been able to reach areas beyond the control of the Ukrainian Government despite extensive efforts and ongoing engagement with all parties to the conflict. We call on those parties to urgently facilitate the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance to the people who have been hardest hit by the war.”

On Ethiopia, the spokesperson said the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency), joined by the Ethiopian Government, today appealed for $73m to provide food rations to more than 750,000 refugees in Ethiopia, over the next six months. “They warned that WFP will completely run out of food for refugees by October. Just around the corner,” he added.

Due to protracted funding shortfalls, the World Food Programme has already been forced to cut rations for 750,000 registered refugees living in 22 camps and five sites in hosting communities in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Somali and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. Food insecurity amongst the refugees has risen as a result of the cuts and is even further compounded by current global limitations to food availability, economic shocks, rising costs of food and energy, the fallout of COVID-19, conflict and insecurity, Dujarric said.
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