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The top United Nations humanitarian official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said “the situation has very seriously deteriorated” over the past 14 months, “with a huge spike of humanitarian needs.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

30 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The situation has very seriously deteriorated. And it's quite unprecedented over the past 14 months, with a huge spike of humanitarian needs. There are now 6.3 million internally displaced people in in eastern DRC, including 2.8 million that have been displaced over the past year.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The main direct consequences of the fight between M23 and the Congolese army has been the displacement of 1.2 million people in North Kivu, and most of them around the city of Goma. And most of them live in spontaneous sites. The conditions, the living conditions for all those displaced people are sub optimal, the sites are overcrowded. The situation is very difficult.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The indirect consequences have been mostly in the province of Ituri, which is north of North Kivu. 39 percent of the population of Ituri is now displaced. 39 percent of the population of Ituri is displaced. Ituri is twice as big as Belgium. So, and 25 percent of the population in North Kivu is displaced. The reason why it I call it indirect consequences is because of the resurgence of the M23. The Congolese government has moved troops, many troops, to North Kivu creating therefore a security vacuum in Ituri.”
9. Wide shot, press room dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Because of the immensity of the needs, our humanitarian appeal - our ask - is very high. It's two point 2.25 billion dollars. Right now, we are 30 percent funded only so we need very strong support from everybody from the international community and we thank our donors, but we need always more.”
11. Wide shot, end of presser

STORYLINE:

The top United Nations humanitarian official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), today (30 Jun) said “the situation has very seriously deteriorated” over the past 14 months, “with a huge spike of humanitarian needs.”

Bruno Lemarquis, who is the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, at the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), said, “there are now 6.3 million internally displaced people in in eastern DRC, including 2.8 million that have been displaced over the past year.”

Lemarquis said, “the main direct consequences of the fight between M23 and the Congolese army has been the displacement of 1.2 million people in North Kivu, and most of them around the city of Goma. And most of them live in spontaneous sites.”

The indirect consequences, he said, have led to 39 percent of the population of Ituri being displaced.

The humanitarian official noted that “Ituri is twice as big as Belgium,” and added that “25 percent of the population in North Kivu is displaced.”

He said, “the Congolese government has moved troops, many troops, to North Kivu creating therefore a security vacuum in Ituri.

Lemarquis said, “because of the immensity of the needs, our humanitarian appeal - our ask - is very high. It's two point 2.25 billion dollars. Right now, we are 30 percent funded only so we need very strong support from everybody from the international community and we thank our donors, but we need always more.”

MONUSCO, established in July 2010 has been authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate relating, among other things, to the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts.
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