UN / ETHIOPIA HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

17-Nov-2020 00:01:41
The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said humanitarian agencies “continue to call for the protection of civilians in Tigray, respect for international humanitarian law, and ways to asses needs and ensure that aid continues to reach areas affected by the conflict.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ETHIOPIA HUMANITARIAN UPDATE
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DATELINE: 17 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

17 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric walks up to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that they and their partners continue to call for the protection of civilians in Tigray, respect for international humanitarian law, and ways to asses needs and ensure that aid continues to reach areas affected by the conflict. Roads to the Tigray region remain blocked and our partners warn that supplies will soon be exhausted putting millions at risk of food insecurity and disease.”
4. Med shot, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In Ethiopia the UN team particularly concerned about the plight of some of the most vulnerable households in Tigray is also concerned about the risk this entails for the spread of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the conflict all systems of surveillance have broken down, with lack of communications and access to health facilities.”
6. Med shot, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our colleagues at the UN Refugee Agency warned today that a full-scale humanitarian crisis in unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Tigray every day to seek safety in Eastern Sudan. UNHCR says the influx is unseen over the last two decades in that part of the country. People have been crossing the border at a rate of about four thousand per day since November 10, rapidly overwhelming the humanitarian response on the ground. UNHCR says more than 27,000 have now crossed into Sudan.”
8. Wide shot, Dujarric walks way
STORYLINE
The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, today (17 Nov) said humanitarian agencies “continue to call for the protection of civilians in Tigray, respect for international humanitarian law, and ways to asses needs and ensure that aid continues to reach areas affected by the conflict.”

Dujarric said “roads to the Tigray region remain blocked and our partners warn that supplies will soon be exhausted putting millions at risk of food insecurity and disease.”

The UN spokesperson said there is particular concern about “the risk this entails for the spread of COVID-19.” Since the beginning of the conflict, he added, “all systems of surveillance have broken down, with lack of communications and access to health facilities.”

Dujarric reported that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned that “a full-scale humanitarian crisis in unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Tigray every day to seek safety in Eastern Sudan.”

According to UNHCR, the spokesperson said, “the influx is unseen over the last two decades in that part of the country” as “people have been crossing the border at a rate of about four thousand per day since November 10, rapidly overwhelming the humanitarian response on the ground. UNHCR says more than 27,000 have now crossed into Sudan.”

These refugees have crossed into Sudan through crossing points in Kassala and Gedaref states, as well as a new location further south at Aderafi, where Ethiopian refugees started crossing over the weekend, according to UNHCR.

According to news reports, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, has indicated the military operation that was launched in response to the reported occupation of a Government military base by Tigrayan forces nearly two weeks ago, would continue, although he said it was now in its final phase.

UN agencies, along with relief partners have ramped up assistance – delivering food rations, hot meals and clean water, as well as setting up latrines and temporary shelters. They are also supporting the Sudanese Government in its response. But the needs continue to grow.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is also supporting other humanitarian workers in its response, providing fuel for vehicles and generators in remote locations. The UN Humanitarian Air Service, managed by WFP, has also increased flights from three times per week to daily flights for aid workers.

Since Saturday, UNHCR has relocated 2,500 refugees from the border to Um Raquba settlement site, in eastern Sudan.
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