UNHCR / SAHEL CRISIS APPEAL

12-Jun-2020 00:02:27
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has today launched a USD 186 million appeal to mainly provide lifesaving protection and assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities in the central Sahel region. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / SAHEL CRISIS APPEAL
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 2-4 FEBRUARY 2020, KAYA, WENDOU, GOUBOUDOU, BURKINA FASO / 01 FEB 2020, BASSIKOUNOU, MAURITANIA
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2 FEBRUARY 2020, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

1. Various shots, internally displaced women and children
2. Close up, young boy looking at the camera
3. Med shot, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi talking with IDP's
4. Close up, young boy with mud on his face
5. Wide shot, internally displaced women and children sitting on the ground

4 FEBRUARY 2020, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

6. Close up, internally displaced man
7. Wide shot, young girl carrying 2 heavy jugs of water
8. Wide shot, internally displaced woman carrying water jug on her head and a baby on her back
9. Various shots, internally displaced women and children filling and carrying water jugs

3 FEBRUARY 2020 WENDOU, BURKINA FASO

10. Various shots, High Commissioner with Internally displaced old woman
11. Various shots, High Commissioner visiting large group of IDP's

3 FEBRUARY 2020, GOUBOUDOU REFUGEE CAMP, BURKINA FASO

12. Various shots, High Commissioner with Malian refugees at an advocacy meeting

01 FEB 2020, BASSIKOUNOU, MAURITANIA

13. Arial shot, Mbera refugee camp
14. Wide shot, High Commissioner visiting camp registration centre
15. Various shots, Malian refugees registering with fingerprint and iris scanners
16. Various shots, children
17. Various shots, Malian refugees at a help centre receiving money, getting documents stamped
18. Various shots, Malian women refugees doing a welcome dance - hand clapping, singing, dancing
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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has today launched a USD 186 million appeal to mainly provide lifesaving protection and assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities in the central Sahel region.

The appeal includes the USD 97 million in initial requirements for 2020, USD 29 million to implement COVID-19 prevention and response measures in displacement areas, and an additional USD 60 million to scale up UNHCR’s emergency response as part of its Sahel Strategy.

For people who have fled wars and persecution and for the hosts that have graciously welcomed them, the additional impact of COVID-19 on what is mostly hand-to-mouth existence has been devastating.

Through this appeal, UNHCR will be able to provide more shelters to decongest the most overcrowded sites, core relief items and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, which has become widespread and aggravated by confinement and overcrowding. It will also mean supporting education, rehabilitating schools and classrooms or providing distance learning opportunities.

With climate change heavily impacting the Sahel, our response will follow a do-no-harm and eco-friendly approach, strengthening community-based preparedness to prevent climate related forced displacement; and supporting the use of clean energy as well as plastic and waste management.

There are 3.1 million refugees, IDPs, returnees and people at risk of statelessness in the Sahel. The Governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Mauritania pledged to provide protection and solutions for these groups when they signed the Bamako Declaration in October 2019. Today’s appeal will allow us to operationalize this commitment as well as strengthen support to the refugees living in the region.

This appeal will be complemented by other high-level efforts from the United Nations and partners to galvanize financial and political support to the humanitarian response in the region over the coming months.
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