UN / BAN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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In a radio message, the Secretary-General appealed to the people of Central African Republic (CAR) to follow the path of peace. “Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future.” UNTV/IRIN

 

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LANGUAGE: FRENCH/ENGLISH/SANGO/NATS

DATELINE: 13 DECEMBER 2013, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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13 DECEMBER 2013, NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, flag at half-staff in honour of Nelson Mandela
2Wide shot, exterior, flag at half-mast in honour of Nelson Mandela
3.Med shot, Ban Ki-moon preparing for video message
4.SOUNDBITE (French) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am deeply troubled by what is happening in your country and I want to speak to you personally. Too many people are scared and the country is on the brink of ruin.
I appeal to everyone to follow the path of peace. The bloodshed must stop.”
5.Cutaway, Ban reading message
6.SOUNDBITE (French) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future.
I call on religious and community leaders -- Muslim and Christian -- to act as messengers for peace. I call on the transitional authorities to protect people and prevent further conflict.”
7.Cutaway, Ban reading message
8.SOUNDBITE (French) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I have a clear message to all who would commit atrocities and crimes against humanity. The world is watching. You will be held to account. The United Nations is committed to helping your country recover from this crisis. You are not alone and we will not abandon you.”
9.Cutaway, Ban reading message
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I have a clear message to all who would commit atrocities and crimes against humanity. The world is watching. You will be held to account. The United Nations is committed to helping your country recover from this crisis. You are not alone and we will not abandon you.”

IRIN - 9-12 NOVEMBER 2013, BOSANGOA, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

11. Various shots, displaced camp
12. Various shots, children and mothers in hospital
13. Wide shot, church from outside
14. Med shot, priests chanting
15. Wide shot, religious procession
16. SOUNDBITE (English), Nestor Aziagba, Bishop of Bossangoa:
"The level of degradation we have gone through on humanitarian level, on economic level, on social level, on political level. None of the aspect of the life of the Central African Republic has been spared in this crisis."
17. Close up, hand with prayer bids
18.Wide shot, Muslim men in prayer
19. Close up, Garda's hand on paper
20. Med shot, displaced people
21. SOUNDBITE (Sango) Halima Bouba, Displaced from Zéré:
"They made my co-wife and I kneel on the ground. Then they took a machete and hit my husband in the face. They hit him so hard his eyes came out of their sockets. They tied a rope around his neck and attached it to a tree. Then they took a piece of wood and forced it into his mouth. All of this right in front of our eyes."
22. Various shots, camp life

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Secretary-General appealed to the people of Central African Republic (CAR)to follow the path of peace. “Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future.”

Speaking today (13 Dec) from UN headquarters, Ban Ki-moon, in a radio message, called on religious and community leaders -- Muslim and Christian -- to act as” messengers for peace”, and for transitional authorities to protect people and prevent further conflict.

He also said he had a “clear message” to those who commit atrocities and crimes against humanity. “The world is watching. You will be held to account. The United Nations is committed to helping your country recover from this crisis. You are not alone and we will not abandon you.”

This week UN agencies announced they were scaling up efforts to assist the scores of civilians uprooted by the surging violence. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says that more than half a million people have been displaced within CAR since the crisis began in December last year.
At this hospital in Bossangoa, patients are suffering from malaria, malnutrition and gunshot wounds.

Displaced Christians take refuge at this local church. Bishop Nestor Aziagba fears the violence could turn into a full blown civil war.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nestor Aziagba, Bishop of Bossangoa:
"The level of degradation we have gone through on humanitarian level, on economic level, on social level, on political level. None of the aspects of the life of the Central African Republic has been spared in this crisis."

With the wave of lawlessness that followed the official disbanding of Seleka rebels in September and in the absence of security forces, the largely Christian population in villages across the north formed self-defense units called anti-balaka.

Now the Muslim community in Bosangoa lives in fear of reprisal.

Halima Bouba, a Muslim from Zéré, was hiding in the bush with her children for two months after anti-Balaka killed her husband in front of her family.

SOUNDBITE (Sango) Halima Bouba, Displaced from Zéré:
"They made my co-wife and I kneel on the ground. Then they took a machete and hit my husband in the face. They hit him so hard his eyes came out of their sockets. They tied a rope around his neck and attached it to a tree. Then they took a piece of wood and forced it into his mouth. All of this right in front of our eyes."

Last week the Security Council unanimously approved the deployment of French and African troops to the country, Hundreds have died over the last week in religious fighting.

A transitional government, headed by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, has been entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections. But armed clashes in the north-east have increased since August, and the country is facing a dire humanitarian situation that affects virtually the entire population of 4.6 million.
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