UN / SOMALIA UPDATE WRAP

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UN humanitarian agencies announced today that they are stepping up their support for Somalia as the country faces the combined impact of heavy rains, widespread famine and continuing insecurity in the streets. CH UNTV / OCHA / FILE

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DATELINE: 4 NOVEMBER 2011, GENEVA SWITZERLAND / 2 NOVEMBER 2011, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA / FILE

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CH UNTV - 4 NOVEMBER 2011, GENEVA SWITZERLAND

1. Close up, UN sign and flag
2. Wide shot, podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director UN Information Service, Geneva:
“Since July there has been a significant scale up in response activities as has been described. At least 2.2 million people have benefitted from enhanced access to food, up from 770,000 before July and nearly 1.2 million now have sustained access to safe drinking water, compared to 850,000 at the end of June, with an additional 1.8 million people receiving temporary water provision.”
4. Med shot, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson UNHCR:
“In Somalia’s capital Mogadishu the rains have flooded the shelters of some 2,800 people in Sigale IDP Camp. In response we are distributing 4,500 assistance kits with plastic sheets, supporting sticks, plastic buckets and soap. More distributions are planned for some of the worst affected IDP Camps there.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marixie Mercado, Spokesperson UNICEF:
“1.5 million children in southern Somalia are in need of humanitarian assistance, and this includes 450,000 acutely malnourished children including 190,000 of whom, are so severely malnourished that they will die within weeks if they do not get assistance.”
8. Close up, hand writing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson World Health Organization:
“A cholera epidemic is ongoing in Somalia. During the first two weeks of October, 2,810 cases of AWD with 66 related deaths were reported in the south and central zone. On October 18, a WHO team collected 34 stool samples from Acute Watery Diarrhoea cases in several facilities in Mogadishu. Of all the samples 15 or 44 percent tested positive for Vibrio cholera.”
10. Wide shot, journalists

OCHA - 2 NOVEMBER 2011, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

11. Med shot, Bowden in his office
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Bowden, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Somalia:
“One of the major challenges of the rainy season is to get seeds into place in the main growing areas. That’s started to happen. In fact, I understand that the main seed distribution has taken place from FAO and that other organizations are still moving on seed distribution. What we need to ensure now is that there are people who will undertake the planting and invest their labour in the situation. But the rains also bring bad news, in that they bring problems in terms of disease. Communicable diseases are increasing. The major risk is malaria, for example, which in the 1992 crisis was the big killer.”

FILE – UNICEF - 23-24 OCTOBER 2011, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

13. Med shot, father with child at Therapeutic Centre
14. Close up, child’s hands
15. Close up, health worker examines child’s feet
16. Close up, child’s face
17. Med shot, women with children in line
18. Close shot, child in mother’s arms
19. Med shot, mother putting child into weighing scale

STORYLINE:

United Nations humanitarian agencies announced today (4 November) that they are stepping up their support for Somalia as the country faces the combined impact of heavy rains, widespread famine and continuing insecurity in the streets.

Thousands of displaced Somalis have been affected by downpours during the current rainy season in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency reported, adding that it is speeding up efforts to provide emergency assistance in refugee camps.

Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director UN Information Service briefed journalists in Geneva.

SOUNDBITE (English) Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director UN Information Service, Geneva:
“Since July there has been a significant scale up in response activities as has been described. At least 2.2 million people have benefitted from enhanced access to food, up from 770,000 before July and nearly 1.2 million now have sustained access to safe drinking water, compared to 850,000 at the end of June, with an additional 1.8 million people receiving temporary water provision.”

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the rains have flooded some 2,800 people in the Sigale camp in Mogadishu, disrupted the transport system and slowed the pace of internal displacement in the impoverished country.

UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told a press briefing in Geneva that the agency has distributed 4,500 assistance kits so far, which include plastic sheets, plastic buckets and soap. He also said that despite the rains slowing down the movement of people, many continue to move away from areas of conflict.

SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson UNHCR:
“In Somalia’s capital Mogadishu the rains have flooded the shelters of some 2,800 people in Sigale IDP Camp. In response we are distributing 4,500 assistance kits with plastic sheets, supporting sticks, plastic buckets and soap. More distributions are planned for some of the worst affected IDP Camps there.”

The rains have also hampered road access and delayed the delivery of emergency food. Among the most vulnerable are children who have been displaced within the country by conflict and hunger.

SOUNDBITE (English) Marixie Mercado, Spokesperson UNICEF:
“1.5 million children in southern Somalia are in need of humanitarian assistance, and this includes 450,000 acutely malnourished children including 190,000 of whom, are so severely malnourished that they will die within weeks if they do not get assistance.”

Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson World Health Organization updated journalists in Geneva on the ongoing cholera epidemic.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson World Health Organization:
“A cholera epidemic is ongoing in Somalia. During the first two weeks of October, 2,810 cases of AWD with 66 related deaths were reported in the south and central zone. On October 18, a WHO team collected 34 stool samples from Acute Watery Diarrhoea cases in several facilities in Mogadishu. Of all the samples 15 or 44 percent tested positive for Vibrio cholera.”

In Mogadishu, Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden said that although rains are welcome as they guarantee a harvest in January, but it also brings added concerns.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Bowden, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Somalia:
“One of the major challenges of the rainy season is to get seeds into place in the main growing areas. That’s started to happen. In fact, I understand that the main seed distribution has taken place from FAO and that other organizations are still moving on seed distribution. What we need to ensure now is that there are people who will undertake the planting and invest their labour in the situation. But the rains also bring bad news, in that they bring problems in terms of disease. Communicable diseases are increasing. The major risk is malaria, for example, which in the 1992 crisis was the big killer.”

Drought and insecurity in Somalia has forced more than 330,000 people to flee the country this year, with the vast majority going to neighbouring Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen and Djibouti.
In the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya where some 5,000 people have lost their homes due to the flood waters, UNHCR and its partners have moved them to dryer parts of the camps, and provided blankets and sleeping mats while working to improve drainage in the flooded areas.
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