MALI / CHILDREN GRAVE VIOLATIONS

14-Aug-2019 00:01:53
The current crisis in Mali has profoundly disrupted the lives of millions of children. In the first half of 2019, a sharp increase in violations against children was recorded, particularly in the killing and maiming of children. UNICEF
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STORY: MALI / CHILDREN GRAVE VIOLATIONS
TRT: 01:53
SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / KOYRA CHIINI / NATS

DATELINE: JUNE – JULY 2019, BAMAKO, GAO, MOPTI, TIMBUKTU
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JUNE – JULY 2019, GAO

1. Wide shot, wreckage of a house destroyed by a bomb blast
2. Close up, wreckage of a house destroyed by a bomb blast
3. Wide shot, woman walking near temporary homes

JUNE – JULY 2019, BAMAKO

4. Med shot, boy with one leg walks across the courtyard at a UNICEF-supported center for children separated from their parents

JUNE – JULY 2019, MOPTI

5. Close up, chalk board of lesson in a UNICEF-supported temporary learning space

JUNE – JULY 2019, TIMBUKTU

6. SOUNDBITE (Koyra Chiini) Conflict-affected Boy:
“I'm haunted by my thoughts. Whenever I sleep, I see the bandits in my nightmares. None of us can sleep anymore because our home is not safe anymore. I don't know what to do anymore. Because whenever I move, whatever I do, I see them. They're always there.”

JUNE – JULY 2019, MOPTI

7. Wide shot, girl injured during a village attack leans on her crutch in a UNICEF tent

JUNE – JULY 2019, BAMAKO

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucia Elmi, UNICEF Representative in Mali:
“I’m the UNICEF Representative in Mali. The country has been affected by a number of crises over the past few years. Children are the ones who have been suffering the most. Children are being killed. They’re being victims of gender-based violence. They’re being abducted. They’re being recruited by armed groups. And have suffered the most terrible pain that a child should never go through. Our teams have been working on the ground and still working on the ground in Mopti, in Timbuktu, in Gao, in Kidal, Ménaka, Kayes and Sikasso to support communities and families to go back to normalcy and for every child to have a real childhood.”

JUNE – JULY 2019, MOPTI

9. Med shot, girl dancing and playing games in a UNICEF tent in informal displacement settlement
STORYLINE
The current crisis in Mali has profoundly disrupted the lives of millions of children. In the first half of 2019, a sharp increase in violations against children was recorded, particularly in the killing and maiming of children.

More than 150 children were killed between January and June 2019 - twice as many as in the entire year of 2018 combined.

Repeated attacks have led to children losing their lives, being injured by gunshot or burns, being displaced and separated from their families, and being exposed to violence including rape and other forms of sexual violence, arrests and detention, and psychological trauma. Hundreds of children are also estimated to still be in armed groups, and more than 900 schools remain closed due to insecurity.

SOUNDBITE (Koyra Chiini) Conflict-affected Boy:
“I'm haunted by my thoughts. Whenever I sleep, I see the bandits in my nightmares. None of us can sleep anymore because our home is not safe anymore. I don't know what to do anymore. Because whenever I move, whatever I do, I see them. They're always there.”

UNICEF is working with other UN agencies, local authorities and NGOs to bring help to the children that need it most.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lucia Elmi, UNICEF Representative in Mali:
“I’m the UNICEF Representative in Mali. The country has been affected by a number of crises over the past few years. Children are the ones who have been suffering the most. Children are being killed. They’re being victims of gender-based violence. They’re being abducted. They’re being recruited by armed groups. And have suffered the most terrible pain that a child should never go through. Our teams have been working on the ground and still working on the ground in Mopti, in Timbuktu, in Gao, in Kidal, Ménaka, Kayes and Sikasso to support communities and families to go back to normalcy and for every child to have a real childhood.”

The spike in grave violations has led to a dramatic increase in protection needs in the north and the center of Mali. In the region of Mopti, increasing inter-communal violence and the presence of armed groups has resulted in repeated attacks which have led to the killing and maiming of children, their displacement and separation from their families, and their exposure to sexual violence and psychological trauma. Over 377,000 children are estimated to be currently in need of protection assistance in Mali.
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