GENEVA / SYRIA RUKBAN UPDATE

15-Jan-2019 00:01:41
Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, UN officials warned on Tuesday, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA RUKBAN UPDATE
TRT: 1:41
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 JANUARY 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations.
2. Wide shot, United Nations Press room with podium.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“The United Nations remains seriously concerned about the increasingly desperate conditions for more than 40,000 people staying at the Rukban site. The majority are women and children, who have been staying at the site for more than two years in harsh conditions with limited humanitarian assistance, access to medical care and other essential services. WFP and the United Nations has been strongly advocating for a second inter-agency convoy with critical assistance to take place as soon as possible following the last inter-agency convoy last November. WFP and the United Nations continues to call on all parties to ensure safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to people in need, in line with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law. The United Nations, and the WFP also calls for safe, voluntary and dignified durable solution for the displaced population at the Rukban site. The UN is planning to conduct an intention survey during the next inter-agency convoy to inform discussions on durable solutions.”
4. Wide shot, press room.
5. Wide shot, podium.
6. Med shot, journalist.
7. Med shot, press room.
8. Med shot, press room.
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STORYLINE
Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, UN officials warned on Tuesday, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel echoed a warning from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that children only months old are succumbing to the harsh winter conditions in the desert settlement, which last received aid in November.

“The United Nations remains seriously concerned about the increasingly desperate conditions for more than 40,000 people staying at the Rukban site” he said. “The majority are women and children, who have been staying at the site for more than two years in harsh conditions with limited humanitarian assistance, access to medical care and other essential services.”

Amid security concerns, Jordan closed its border with Syria at Rukban as tens of thousands of Syrians arrived at the camp, fleeing expanded Russian and US-led coalition air strikes against areas held by ISIL terrorists in central and eastern Syria. Following the delivery of joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid to Rukban, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that “colleagues returned shocked from what they saw on the ground, reporting grave protection issues, increasing food insecurity and no certified medical doctors among the stranded population”.

Lowcock warned then that “without sustained access, the situation of tens of thousands of Syrians – stranded in the harshest desert conditions – will only further deteriorate as the winter cold sets in”.

Echoing that message, Verhoosel reiterated the call by WFP and the UN “for a second inter-agency convoy with critical assistance to take place as soon as possible following the last inter-agency convoy last November. WFP and the United Nations continues to call on all parties to ensure safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to people in need, in line with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law.”

He added: “The United Nations, and the WFP also calls for safe, voluntary and dignified durable solution for the displaced population at the Rukban site. The UN is planning to conduct an intention survey during the next inter-agency convoy to inform discussions on durable solutions.”

The plight of those stranded in Rukban dates is not new, but the harsh winter and lack of regular supplies have made the situation much worse, according to UNICEF’s Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

In eastern Syria, meanwhile, heavy violence in the Hajin area of Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate has displaced 10,000 people since December, the UNICEF official warned in a statement.
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