UNHCR / AFGHANISTAN GRANDI VISIT

16-Sep-2021 00:03:03
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited Afghanistan where he met with interim government officials, as well as UN staff and NGO partners that have stayed through the crisis to deliver humanitarian support for hundreds of thousands of people. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / AFGHANISTAN GRANDI VISIT
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL / MAZAR-I-SAHRIF, AFGHANISTAN
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15 SEPTEMBER 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN

1. Wide shot, High Commissioner arriving and being greeted by Afghan officials
2. Wide shot, High Commissioner meeting Afghan officials
3. Med shot, High Commissioner watching a carpet maker at work
4. Wide shot, High Commissioner looking at a carpet

15 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
"In the last few months alone, hundreds of thousands, more than half a million Afghans have been freshly displaced by recent fighting, adding themselves to the millions that were displaced in previous years. Many of them are sleeping out in the open. Food is very scarce in the country. Medicines are lacking. The situation from the humanitarian point of view is pretty desperate."

15 SEPTEMBER 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN

6. Various shots, Mazar-i-Sharif village
7. Wide shot, solar panels

15 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
"Speed is of the essence because winter will be coming soon and winter in Afghanistan is very harsh. We're already in mid-September. We only have a window of a few weeks in order to meet these urgent needs."
9. Wide shot, UNHCR Supply truck arriving at warehouse
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
"Our teams are here in Afghanistan. They have never left and that we are looking forward to strengthening this effort. For that, we will need more support. This crisis is not going to go away any time soon. Humanitarian solidarity, resources to meet the needs of so many vulnerable people are urgently needed now."
11. Wide shot, High Commissioner walking towards inside the warehouse
12. Wide shot, High Commissioner visiting the warehouse
13. Wide shot, High Commissioner looking at soap bottles
13. Various shots, relief items in warehouse
15. Various shots, workers unloading UNHCR tents from truck
STORYLINE
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited Afghanistan where he met with interim government officials, as well as UN staff and NGO partners that have stayed through the crisis to deliver humanitarian support for hundreds of thousands of people.

On a three-day visit to Afghanistan, Grandi, appealed for urgent and sustained support for Afghans inside the country and for refugees who have fled abroad.

In Mazar-e-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan, Grandi inaugurated a carpet workshop that employs 45 workers who are supporting hundreds of family members.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
"In the last few months alone, hundreds of thousands, more than half a million Afghans have been freshly displaced by recent fighting, adding themselves to the millions that were displaced in previous years. Many of them are sleeping out in the open. Food is very scarce in the country. Medicines are lacking. The situation from the humanitarian point of view is pretty desperate."

Even prior to the events that unfolded over the past few weeks, more than 18 million Afghans required urgent humanitarian assistance.

Over 3.5 million have been displaced from their homes by conflict and remain inside the country, including some 630,000 uprooted during 2021.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
"Speed is of the essence because winter will be coming soon and winter in Afghanistan is very harsh. We're already in mid-September. We only have a window of a few weeks in order to meet these urgent needs."

During his visit, Grandi oversaw the arrival of a convoy of trucks at a UNHCR warehouse in Kabul that had arrived from Pakistan via the Torkham border crossing. The trucks were loaded with thousands of tents and other relief items for displaced Afghan families.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
"Our teams are here in Afghanistan. They have never left and that we are looking forward to strengthening this effort. For that, we will need more support. This crisis is not going to go away any time soon. Humanitarian solidarity, resources to meet the needs of so many vulnerable people are urgently needed now."

In Kabul, Grandi met with the interim Afghan government, as well as some of the hundreds of UN and NGO staff that have stayed on the ground and maintained operations, despite the challenging circumstances. Following his meetings with interim Afghan Ministers, Grandi said he welcomed their commitments to provide security and enable humanitarian access throughout the country.

UNHCR has already supported more than 300,000 displaced people inside Afghanistan with relief items and cash assistance this year and is rapidly scaling up its operations to help more people ahead of the fast-approaching winter.

While the current situation in Afghanistan has so far not prompted a large refugee exodus, UNHCR is continuing its appeal to donors to scale up support for millions of Afghan refugees already being hosted in Pakistan and Iran, and for those who may need to seek international protection in future.
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