SYRIA / RUKBAN CAMP AID

06-Nov-2018 00:01:43
A UN inter-agency convoy of 70 trucks reached the Rukban camp in Syria with humanitarian aid for some 50,000 people. WFP
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STORY: SYRIA / RUKBAN CAMP AID
TRT: 1:43
SOURCE: WFP
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE WFP CREDIT ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 03-05 NOVEMBER 2018, RUKBAN CAMP, SYRIA
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03 NOVEMBER 2018, RUKBAN CAMP, SYRIA

1. Moving shot, aid trucks on route to Rukban camp

05 NOVEMBER 2018, RUKBAN CAMP, SYRIA

2. Med shot, Aid workers speaking to camp residents
3. Pan right, people riding motorcycles
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Samir Elhawary, Deputy Head, Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Together, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have brought humanitarian assistance for over 50,000 people here in the Rukban camp. This is the first time that we provide assistance from within Syria to a situation that is extremely dire. The needs are extremely high. We’ve just spent the day in Rukban camp, also speaking together with keep community leaders to understand better the humanitarian needs in Rukban. We know that the humanitarian assistance is extremely needed here, and we hope that we can continue providing assistance on a regular basis. One of the other key messages that has been provided by the community leaders is that they want to find a durable solution to their situation in the camp. The situation here is harsh. There’s minimal assistance and services, and they would like to have a final solution in terms of leaving the camp to a better situation.”
5. Wide shot, Aid workers speaking to a community leader
6. Med shot, aid items being stocked
STORYLINE
A UN inter-agency convoy of 70 trucks reached the Rukban camp in Syria with humanitarian aid for some 50,000 people.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the convoy arrived on Saturday (3 Nov) and included more than 600,000 metric tons of food assistance. WFP said the operation took place 11 kilometres from the camp for security and logistical reasons, where representatives from various tribes and groups had met the convoy to receive the food and humanitarian assistance, which they had then undertaken to allocate to their groups. However, WFP said a technical core team had been able to enter the camp to meet families and conduct an assessment.

WFP said the overall humanitarian situation in Rukban camp remained critical as the quantity of the food was low, leaving people with fewer meals to eat per day and with very little diversity. In addition, the food security situation was deteriorating because the road between Damascus and Rukban was closed. As a consequence, food available on the market inside the camp was smuggled in limited quantities and at very high prices.

Samir Elhawary from the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) said this was the first time that assistance was provided from within Syria, describing the situation as “extremely dire.” He said humanitarian assistance was “extremely needed” in the Rukban camp and hoped assistance would continue to be provided “on a regular basis.” He added, “One of the other key messages that has been provided by the community leaders is that they want to find a durable solution to their situation in the camp; the situation here is harsh; there’s minimal assistance and services, and they would like to have a final solution in terms of leaving the camp to a better situation.”

Insecurity in south-eastern Syria blocked transport by road and access through Jordan was extremely challenging due to the camp’s geographical location and recent poor weather. WFP called on all parties to facilitate future access to Rukban camp in order to be able to keep delivering food to persons in need.
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