COX BAZAR / HUMANITARIAN PRESSER

26-Apr-2019 00:02:49
During a coordinated visit to refugee settlements in Bangladesh, three top UN officials urged the world to continue its support for Rohingya refugees, underscoring the world body’s commitment to work toward solutions allowing Rohingya families to return safely and voluntarily to Myanmar. UNHCR
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STORY: COX BAZAR / HUMANITARIAN PRESSER
TRT: 2:49
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
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26 APRIL 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

1. Wide shot, UN officials at press conference
2. Wide shot, journalists
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“We know, having listened to lots of stories from host communities, that having this great exodus of people arriving in the district has caused all sorts of issues. Now, the United Nations this year has an appeal. We’re seeking to raise nearly a billion dollars to help relieve the suffering of the Rohingya refugees, but also to support host communities.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Our main message is to the wider world: do not forget the Rohingya, do not forget the generosity of the people and institutions and government of Bangladesh, and be generous in supporting both the Rohingya and Bangladesh.”
6. Close up, Grandi addressing journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Where do we go from here? We will continue to speak about this situation and highlight the importance of not transforming this crisis into one of the forgotten crises. This is always the big risk. But we also need to find solutions, first and foremost for the refugees themselves – but also for the host communities that are bearing the burden of this hospitality, and the government of Bangladesh that is spending a lot of resources to respond to it.”
8. Close up, Grandi addressing journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It’s very clear: nobody has gone back because many of those reasons that pushed them out of the country have not yet been addressed.”
10. Wide shot, Grandi addressing journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Vitorino, Director-General, International Organisation for Migration (IOM):
“We got during this visit a very strong message from the refugees themselves about the expectations they have about their future, a future that needs to be built in the country where they came from, in Myanmar, once the conditions are met, to guarantee their identity, their integrity, and their fundamental rights.”
12. Med shot, Vitorino addressing journalists
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Vitorino, Director-General, International Organisation for Migration (IOM):
“A number of key structural improvements have been introduced in the camp in order to prepare for the monsoon season that is about to start, and those improvements are only possible because there has been a mobilization of the international community and the financial donors to guarantee the financial availabilities necessary to those improvements.”
14. Close up, Vitorino addressing journalists
15. Wide shot, journalist asking question
STORYLINE
During a coordinated visit to refugee settlements in Bangladesh, three top UN officials urged the world to continue its support for Rohingya refugees, underscoring the world body’s commitment to work toward solutions allowing Rohingya families to return safely and voluntarily to Myanmar.

At the end of a joint visit to Bangladesh, three top United Nations officials – Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, Director General of the International Organization for Migration António Vitorino, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi – today (26 Apr) reiterated their commitment to keep working toward safe and sustainable solutions for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar and noted the UN efforts there to help create conditions conducive to return.

Meanwhile, they called on the international community to continue supporting the critical needs of 1.2 million people in south-eastern Bangladesh, mostly Rohingya refugees but their host communities.

Speaking at the joint press conference, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said the “great exodus” of Rohingya refugees arriving to Cox’s Bazar “caused all sorts of issues.” He said the UN was appealing for “nearly a billion dollars to help relieve the suffering of the Rohingya refugees, but also to support host communities.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Our main message is to the wider world: do not forget the Rohingya, do not forget the generosity of the people and institutions and government of Bangladesh, and be generous in supporting both the Rohingya and Bangladesh.”

After visiting the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and meeting with different refugee groups, they also highlighted the critical importance of supporting the Rohingya during their time in exile, in particular by expanding opportunities for learning and skills training. They noted that almost half of the 540,000 refugee children under the age of 12 are currently missing out on education altogether, while the remainder have access only to very limited schooling. Only a handful of teenage children are currently able to access any form of education or training.

The visit also came just ahead of the cyclone period, which is followed by the monsoon season. Both pose serious risks, including flooding, landslides and disease outbreaks, to thousands of already vulnerable women, men and children.

The UN leaders discussed with the government ways the international community can further support preparedness and response efforts. While in the camps, they also assessed the ongoing work that has been undertaken to address weather-related risks, including the strengthening of shelters, the improvement of infrastructure, and the training of volunteers. They recognised the critical role the refugees themselves are playing in these efforts.

The UN leaders also met with families who were going through the joint government and UNHCR biometric registration process, receiving documents that for many are a first and that confirm their identity in Bangladesh, as well as enhance their right to access services and protection. They also witnessed an innovative World Food Programme e-voucher system which gives refugees the ability to choose from an array of locally-resourced food staples and fresh vegetables in eight designated stores.
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