MALI / MOPTI GAMBA VISIT

10-Jul-2019 00:02:42
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba today traveled to Mopti, Mali to discuss issues related to children affected by conflict with local stakeholders. MINUSMA
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STORY: MALI / MOPTI GAMBA VISIT
TRT: 2:42
SOURCE: MINUSMA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JULY 2019, MOPTI, MALI
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, delegation arrives in Mopti
2. Various shots, Virginia Gamba welcomed and greeted by MINUSMA leadership at the Airport, along with Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in charge of the political pillar of MINUSMA and the Acting Head of Mission, Joanne Adamson, and UNICEF Representative in Mali, Lucia Elmi
3. Various shots, meetings with MINUSMA HQ staff and leadership in Mopti
4. Various shots, meeting with the Chief of Staff of the Gouvernorat of Motpi
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
“I am here in Mopti, because we have been very worried about the rise and violence against children, particularly through inter-communal violence. We also have spoken with the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Mopti, and we wanted to see the effects of the newly agreed consensus between the two size that are fighting, to see how to prevent violence against children and we will remain seized of this. I have also wanted to hear directly from the children affected of violence in this region, what they think about violence and how they would like to get out of it and what are the thoughts about integration that they need to have. So, on the whole, we are worried, but we are hopeful that with the right measures and hearing what the children want, we might be able to stop and prevent violations against children.”
6. Various shots, meetings with Peul and Dogon community leaders
STORYLINE
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba today traveled to Mopti, Mali to discuss issues related to children affected by conflict with local stakeholders.

SOUNDBITE (French) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
“I am here in Mopti, because we have been very worried about the rise and violence against children, particularly through inter-communal violence. We also have spoken with the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Mopti, and we wanted to see the effects of the newly agreed consensus between the two size that are fighting, to see how to prevent violence against children and we will remain seized of this. I have also wanted to hear directly from the children affected of violence in this region, what they think about violence and how they would like to get out of it and what are the thoughts about integration that they need to have. So, on the whole, we are worried, but we are hopeful that with the right measures and hearing what the children want, we might be able to stop and prevent violations against children.”

The Special Representative was accompanied by the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Mali and Interim MINUSMA Chief of Staff , Joanne Adamson, and the UNICEF Resident Representative in Mali, Lucia Elmi.

After a briefing by Acting MINUSMA Head of Office Brou Djekou, Gamba, Adamson and Elmi met with the Chief of Cabinet of the Governor of the Region.

The UN officials also met children affected by conflict, including boys and girls formerly associated with armed groups and reintegrated into their communities.

Before leaving Mopti, the delegation had an exchange with humanitarian actors and leaders of the Peuhl and Dogon communities. To all of her interlocutors, Gamba recalled the need to protect children, especially in times of conflict, but also the importance of taking into account the reintegration of former child soldiers, in the context of the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

Back in Bamako, the Special Representative will continue her mission with several meetings with Malian authorities and various actors of the peace process, and launch her new initiative “Act to Protect Children Affected by Conflict."
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