GENEVA / GRESSLY YEMEN UPDATE

11-Oct-2021 00:02:02
Ongoing conflict and violence across Yemen continue to impact heavily on the country’s people who desperately need the fighting to end, so that they can rebuild their lives, the UN’s senior humanitarian official in the country said on Monday. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / GRESSLY YEMEN UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 11 OCTOBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior shot, United Nations Geneva, flag alley, national and territorial colours flying, a fine day.
2. Med shot, TV Camera crews, journalists in the UN Geneva Press room.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen:
“I’ve seen the destruction of schools, of factories, of roads and bridges; I’ve seen the destruction of power systems so what made Yemen work seven years ago in many cases no longer exists.”
4. Close up: large-screen TV showing Mr. Gressly and to rear.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen:
“We are also concerned now with the escalation in fighting around Marib; this is now adding to additional displacement in that area, a place where we already have over a million people displaced. And secondly, we have enclaves where fighting is continuing where we’re not able to provide support to.”
6. Med shot, journalist seated and masked in foreground, Gressly to rear.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen:
“We did request in March $3.6 billion, we have close to $2.1 billion already, so it’s more than 50 per cent, so in that sense good, particularly relative to other responses, but it’s been particularly focused – and we understand why – on the food security and nutrition side, for most immediate lifesaving response.”
8. Close up, TV camera viewfinder showing Mr. Gressly on screen and to rear.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen:
“But it’s very fragile and if that’s not sustained, if we’re not getting the new pledges on time, or it’s not sustained in 2022, we will revert back to where we were in March.”
10. Med shot, journalist, masked, using mouse and looking at laptop screen, TV cameras reflected in translators’ booths to rear.
11. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen:
“It’s really for the other components of the response: health, education, water, access and support to IDPs and livelihood support; those are almost all funded below 20 per cent, and so while the lifesaving is important, we can’t, we cannot afford to ignore the rest.”
12. Med shot, photographer sitting on the floor, taking photograph of Gressly.
13. Med shot, photographer preparing to take photograph.
14. Med shot, journalist in foreground, masked, TV camera operator to rear, masked.
STORYLINE
Ongoing conflict and violence across Yemen continue to impact heavily on the country’s people who desperately need the fighting to end, so that they can rebuild their lives, the UN’s senior humanitarian official in the country said on Monday (11 Oct).

“I’ve seen the destruction of schools, of factories, of roads and bridges; I’ve seen the destruction of power systems so what made Yemen work seven years ago in many cases no longer exists,” said David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.

Speaking in Geneva after a weekend that saw a car bomb at Aden airport reportedly leave 25 people dead and 110 injured, the veteran aid worker warned over the recent escalation of fighting in the oil-rich northern province of Marib.

“This is now adding to additional displacement in that area, a place where we already have over a million people displaced,” he said. “And secondly, we have enclaves where fighting is continuing where we’re not able to provide support to.”

Longstanding concerns over potential famine in the country prompted a UN-led appeal for USD 3.6 billion in funding in March which has raised nearly USD 2.1 billion to date.

An additional USD 500-600 million was also pledged during the recent UN General Assembly, Gressly added, noting that although the international response has been higher than for other emergencies, “it’s been particularly focused – and we understand why – on the food security and nutrition side, for most immediate lifesaving response.”

This has left the situation inside Yemen “very fragile and if that’s not sustained, if we’re not getting the new pledges on time…in 2022, we will revert back to where we were in March,” Gressly insisted.

He explained that people needed more than emergency care: “health, education, water, access and support to IDPs (internally displaced people) and livelihood support; those are almost all funded below 20 per cent, and so while the lifesaving is important, we can’t, we cannot afford to ignore the rest.”

Critical to Yemen’s recovery is support for the country’s civil servants, many of whom have not been paid in many months, amid conflict between the internationally backed government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi opposition forces, who occupy much of the north of the country.

Gressly stressed the importance of finding ways to support these civil servants as they were key to the country’s recovery – and the UN’s aid programmes. Without them, “the whole humanitarian response” risks becoming more expensive, he said.
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