UN / BOKO HARAM

11-Jan-2018 00:01:36
The United Nations reported that after a “notable decline” in Boko Haram attacks in the first half of 2017, it recorded “an uptick” in the number of attacks since September last year. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / BOKO HARAM
TRT: 1:36
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

11 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
3. Zoom in, president gavel
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS):
“Following a notable decline in Boko Haram attacks in the first half of the year, there has been an uptick in the number of incidents since September last year, with a peak of 143 civilian casualties alone in November 2017.”
5. Wide shot, meeting
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS):
“The use of children as suicide bombers by Boko Haram increased five-fold compared to 2016 to reach 135 cases in 2017. While 700 people abducted by Boko Haram have recently escaped captivity, the group continues to kidnap innocent persons, as shown by the recent disappearance of 31 loggers in Gamboru near the Cameroon border.”
7. Wide shot, meeting
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS):
“Overall, more than two million displaced persons are still desperately waiting for an end to this crisis in the Lake Chad Basin. The comprehensive response of the region to address the Boko Haram threat must be supported by the international community.”
9. Wide shot, meeting
STORYLINE
The United Nations reported that after a “notable decline” in Boko Haram attacks in the first half of 2017, it recorded “an uptick” in the number of attacks since September last year.

The attacks peaked in November 2017 with 143 casualties amongst the civilian population.

Briefing the Security Council today (11 Jan) in New York, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWAS) said that “the use of children as suicide bombers by Boko Haram increased five-fold compared to 2016 to reach 135 cases in 2017.”

Chambas also said “while 700 people abducted by Boko Haram have recently escaped captivity, the group continues to kidnap innocent persons, as shown by the recent disappearance of 31 loggers in Gamboru near the Cameroon border.”

Special Representative warned that “more than two million displaced persons are still desperately waiting for an end to this crisis in the Lake Chad Basin” caused by Boko Haram and called for the international community to support “he comprehensive response of the region to address the Boko Haram threat.”
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