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19-Mar-2018 00:02:47
Following his visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last week, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, briefed the Security Council on the situation of the 4.5 million people displaced in the DRC. UNIFEED / FILE
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DATELINE: 19 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

19 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Close up, UK representative looking at photo
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Mwasi and her children are among the 4.5 million people displaced right now in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Humanitarian needs caused by internal conflict have doubled over the last year. 13 million people need humanitarian assistance, more than 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished, including 2.2 million suffering severe acute malnutrition. We are seeing mushrooming epidemics including the worst outbreak of cholera in 15 years. There is also an epidemic of sexual violence, most of it unreported and unaddressed, and much of it against children.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Abbé Donatien Nsholo, Secretary-General of the Congolese National Episcopal Conference (CENCO)
“It is essential for the United Nations to get more involved and to put pressure on the government to hold elections. The Congolese Bishops are convinced that only credible, peaceful, and transparent elections can give the Congolese people a legitimate government that is capable of tackling the multi-faceted crises that plague the country. Also, the UN should demand the full implementation of the provisions of the New Year’s Eve Agreement, which is a precondition for smooth elections, and to monitor compliance with electoral timetable.”
7. Various shots, Congolese Ambassador
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Ignace Gata Mavita wa Lufuta, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
“We all would agree that without eradicating all the negative forces operating in the country, it will be difficult if not impossible to put an end to the situation. This is why the government of my country, which wishes to have peace throughout the territory, is unrelentingly and determinedly fighting to neutralize and completely eradicate all of these armed groups.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. Zoom in, Lowcock and Netherlands Ambassador walk up to podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Her story illustrates the challenges we face in providing some relief to the suffering millions of Congolese, but also the opportunity we face in giving them better hope for the future.”

FILE - OCHA - 13 MARCH 2018, KATANIKA SITE FOR DISPLACED, KALEMIE, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

12. Med shot, Mwasi with her children talking to Lowcock about her problems
13. Med shot, Mwasi crying

FILE - OCHA - 13 MARCH 2018, KALUNGA SITE FOR DISPLACED, KALEMIE, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

14. Wide shot, IDPs sitting and standing in front of hut
15. Med shot, young girl standing in front of her mother
16. Med shot, Woman and child sitting on the ground between huts
STORYLINE
Following his visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo last week, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today (19 Mar) briefed the Security Council on the situation of the 4.5 million people displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Lowcock stressed that “humanitarian needs caused by internal conflict have doubled over the last year,” and said 13 million people in need of assistance, in a context of persistent insecurity and bureaucratic impediments.

He said “more than 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished, including 2.2 million suffering severe acute malnutrition. We are seeing mushrooming epidemics including the worst outbreak of cholera in 15 years. There is also an epidemic of sexual violence, most of it unreported and unaddressed, and much of it against children.”

He added that the single largest impediment to the humanitarian response was underfunding. This year, the appeal requires 1.7 billion US dollars, nearly four times what was secured last year.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator encouraged high-level participation and pledges by the Security Council members to the first-ever Humanitarian Conference on the DRC which will be organized on April 13 in Geneva.

Also addressing the Council, the Secretary-General of the Congolese National Episcopal Conference (CENCO), Abbé Donatien Nsholo, said it was “essential for the United Nations to get more involved and to put pressure on the government to hold elections.”

Nsholo said, “only credible, peaceful, and transparent elections can give the Congolese people a legitimate government that is capable of tackling the multi-faceted crises that plague the country.”

He added that the UN “should demand the full implementation of the provisions of the New Year’s Eve Agreement, which is a precondition for smooth elections, and to monitor compliance with electoral timetable.”

For his part, Congolese Ambassador Ignace Gata Mavita wa Lufuta, said “we all would agree that without eradicating all the negative forces operating in the country, it will be difficult if not impossible to put an end to the situation.”

The ambassador said, “this is why the government of my country, which wishes to have peace throughout the territory, is unrelentingly and determinedly fighting to neutralize and completely eradicate all of these armed groups.”

Outside the Council, Lowcock again showing a photo of Mwasi and her family, said “her story illustrates the challenges we face in providing some relief to the suffering millions of Congolese, but also the opportunity we face in giving them better hope for the future.”

Lowcock and the Netherlands’ Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, wrapped up a two-day mission to the DRC last week, by visiting two IDP camps in Kalemie, Tanganyika Province.

The two officials called on the international community to urgently address the crisis facing the DRC where humanitarian needs have doubled since last year.
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