WFP / CENTRAL AMERICA MIGRATION

19-Apr-2021 00:04:50
The World Food Programme (WFP) said the number of hungry people in Central America has nearly quadrupled over two years. Devastating hurricanes compounded economic shocks caused by COVID-19 left millions without an income and many planning to migrate. WFP
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STORY: WFP / CENTRAL AMERICA MIGRATION
TRT: 4:50
SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: SPANISH / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 27 MARCH – 14 APRIL 2021, VARIOUS LOCATIONS, HONDURAS
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29 MARCH 2021, NACAOME, HONDURAS

1. Aerial shots, drought-stricken land in the heart of the Dry Corridor

29 MARCH 2021, SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS

2. Wide shot, vehicle on highway
3. Wide shot, migrants gathering to form caravan outside San Pedro Sula bus terminal
4. Wide shot, migrants speaking in gathering
5. Med shot, children with mother awaiting caravan to move
6. Med shot, Stefany Barahona on phone
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Stefany Barahona, 20-year-old from Villanueva, Cortes:
“Food is very expensive. I need to support my parents, but there is no work. All Hondurans want to migrate because of the lack of money.”

30 MARCH 2021, SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS

8. Various shots, migrant families walking to Guatemalan border

28 MARCH 2021, NEAR CHOLUTECA, HONDURAS

9. Wide shot, man washing his clothes in dry riverbed under bridge
10. Tilt up, man washing his clothes in dry riverbed

28 MARCH 2021, NEAR EL TRIUNFO, HONDURAS

11. Various shots, thin and emaciated livestock

27 MARCH 2021, CONCEPCION DE MARIA, HONDURAS

12. Wide shot, mothers carrying children at malnutrition testing site
13. Med shot, mother holding child being tested for malnutrition
14. Close up, child being tested for malnutrition

28 MARCH 2021, EL TRIUNFO, HONDURAS

15. Med shot, Erick Galeas holding his one-year-old son Dilan with his partner Brenda in the background
16. Close up, Brenda feeding Dilan
17. Med shot, Brenda holding Dilan sitting on hammock
18. Close up, Erick’s graduation picture on wall
19. Wide shot, Erick’s graduation picture on wall
20. Various shots, Erick Galeas at WFP Resilience Project
21. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Erick Galeas, 25-year-old father:
“Living in this world of drugs and alcoholism is very difficult. That’s what you see young people doing in this country. Now in this country they either get into gangs or become criminals going around robbing and hurting people. I wouldn’t like to see my son ending up like that.”

14 APRIL 2021, CERRO VERDE, HONDURAS
22. Wide shot, farmland
23. Wide shot, people tending to plants
24. Wide shot, Beasley attending WFP resilience project lesson for farmers
25. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“You are hearing about all the migration. People leaving Honduras and the dry corridor and heading to the United States border because of economic deterioration, drought, El Nino, hurricanes back-to-back, now COVID on top of all that. People have lost their jobs. They have lost their hope. And so, when they go to the United States or towards the United States they get to the border and guess what? That costs about 4,000 USD per person per week. But here, here with a project that the World Food Programme in building resilience and hope; it’s a dollar a week.”

27 MARCH 2021, CONCEPCION DE MARIA, HONDURAS

26. Various shots, people are harvesting beans as part of WFP Resilience Project
STORYLINE
The World Food Programme (WFP) said the number of hungry people in Central America has nearly quadrupled over two years. Devastating hurricanes compounded economic shocks caused by COVID-19 left millions without an income and many planning to migrate.

WFP said nearly 8 million people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua are food insecure, up from 2.2 million in 2018. Among them, 1.7 million are in an Emergency category of food security and require urgent food assistance for their survival.

The UN agency said many people previously untouched by hunger are now skipping meals or reducing portion sizes, and some have been forced to migrate to cities or abroad, desperate to earn a living and feed their families.

Fifteen percent of people surveyed by WFP in the four countries had plans to migrate in 2021, as compared to 8 percent in 2018, a drought year. WFP said agricultural and coastal communities in the Dry Corridor have borne the brunt of a years-long climate emergency that was exacerbated by hurricanes Eta and Iota last year.

WFP said extended dry spells and untimely and heavy rains have disrupted food production – especially of staples like maize and beans, which depend on regular rainfall. In addition, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest on record with 30 significant storms. In May, El Salvador was hit by Tropical Storm Amanda the worst weather event in El Salvador since Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

WFP called on the international community to support its efforts in Central America to provide immediate assistance to hard-hit communities and build their resilience. The Programme said it needs 64.4 million USD in funding for the next six months to assist the most vulnerable people in Central America.
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