GENEVA / UNICEF ROHINGYA CHILDREN

23-Feb-2018 00:03:19
A new UNICEF report called for urgent needs to assist over 720,000 Rohingya children who are in danger due to the approaching cyclone season in Bangladesh and the ongoing violence and denial of their basic rights in Myanmar. UNVT CH
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STORY: GENEVA / UNICEF ROHINGYA CHILDREN
TRT: 3:23
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Ingram, UNICEF Report Author and Senior Communication Advisor:
“In both Myanmar and Bangladesh, we see Rohingya children being forced to flee from their homes in mid terrible violence, children who now find themselves trapped in circumstances beyond their control, deprived of many of their basic rights and fearful of what the future holds for them. Our report issues a strong call to action on behalf of all Rohingya children, setting out specific requests for the government of Myanmar and Bangladesh and of the international community.”
4. Close up, report
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Edouard Beigbeder, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh:
“This report is as well calling for action and it is a call of the government of Bangladesh to provide additional land to allow for the congesting of the camp in southern Bangladesh to ensure adequate access to water, sanitation, health and other services to continue to support the extension of multi-lingual education for all children in the camps and to start a system of birth registration for all Rohingya children born in Bangladesh and finally to discuss about how to allow a refugee status for all children and the families which are refugees in Bangladesh.”
6. Close up, hand writing
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Edouard Beigbeder, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh:
“The first pillar is survival, the second pillar would be hope and there is definitely a need to bring hope to these children and to their parents. And this is where the school component and the education component is so important. It is not only to bring the children back to school, but it is as well to bring them in a normal environment.”
8. Close up, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Edouard Beigbeder, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh:
“This comes together with child protection programs and child friendly space having a psyche-social program, a lot of them are traumatized during the journey and how you identify and work with them on these different issues.”
10. Med shot, camera man and journalist
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Ingram, UNICEF Report Author and Senior Communication Advisor:
“We are also calling for the protection of children of all ethnic groups in Rakhine and for a long-term settlement of the issues in the State in line with the recommendations that were put forward by the Rakhine Advisory commission, last year, the one headed by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General.” 12. Close up, hand gestures
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Ingram, UNICEF Report Author and Senior Communication Advisor:
“We call also on the international community in the first instance to provide the funding necessary for the response in both countries to invest in quality education for all children of Rakhine.”
14. Close up, cameraman filming
15. Med shot, journalists
16. Close up, hands writing
STORYLINE
A UNICEF report released on Thursday (22 Feb) called for urgent needs to assist over 720,000 Rohingya children who are in danger due to the approaching cyclone season in Bangladesh and the ongoing violence and denial of their basic rights in Myanmar.

Simon Ingram, UNICEF Report Author and Senior Communication Advisor told journalists Thursday in Geneva “in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, we see Rohingya children being forced to flee from their homes in mid terrible violence, children who now find themselves trapped in circumstances beyond their control, deprived of many of their basic rights and fearful of what the future holds for them. Our report issues a strong call to action on behalf of all Rohingya children, setting out specific requests for the government of Myanmar and Bangladesh and of the international community.”

According to the report, an estimated 185,000 Rohingya children remain in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, fearful of the violence and horror that drove so many of their relatives and neighbours to flee. In Bangladesh, there are estimated to be around 534,000 Rohingya refugee children from last year’s and previous influxes.

Edouard Beigbeder, Representative of UNICEF in Bangladesh said “this report is as well calling for action and it is a call of the government of Bangladesh to provide additional land to allow for the congesting of the camp in southern Bangladesh to ensure adequate access to water, sanitation, health and other services to continue to support the extension of multi-lingual education for all children in the camps and to start a system of birth registration for all Rohingya children born in Bangladesh and finally to discuss about how to allow a refugee status for all children and the families which are refugees in Bangladesh.”

UNICEF calls on the Myanmar government to end the violence, and to address what it calls a crisis of human rights in Rakhine State, referring to restrictions on Rohingya people’s freedom of movement, extremely limited access to health care, education and livelihoods.

Beigbeder noted “the first pillar is survival, the second pillar would be hope and there is definitely a need to bring hope to these children and to their parents. And this is where the school component and the education component is so important. It is not only to bring the children back to school, but it is as well to bring them in a normal environment.”

He added “this comes together with child protection programs and child friendly space having a psyche-social program, a lot of them are traumatized during the journey and how you identify and work with them on these different issues.”

Since August 2017, lack of access to many parts of Rakhine State has severely restricted the work of UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies. UNICEF calls for an immediate and unimpeded access to all children in the state as well as longer-term efforts to address intercommunal tension and promote social cohesion.

UNICEF Report Author Simon Ingram said “we are also calling for the protection of children of all ethnic groups in Rakhine and for a long term settlement of the issues in the State in line with the recommendations that were put forward by the Rakhine Advisory commission, last year, the one headed by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General.”

In order to address the dangers that Rohingya children in Bangladesh and Myanmar are facing six months after the latest mass flight of refugees.

Ingram said that “we call also on the international community in the first instance to provide the funding necessary for the response in both countries to invest in quality education for all children of Rakhine.”
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