UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

26-Oct-2021 00:03:02
UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said humanitarian access to northern Ethiopia “remains challenging,” and noted that avoiding violence in the country would require “all those involved to engage in a political dialogue instead of a weapons dialogue.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE
TRT: 3:02
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, statue outside at UN headquarters with UN flag

26 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues there report that access to the northern part of the country remains challenging. As we’ve been mentioning repeatedly, people there need urgent humanitarian assistance. In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate due to the restrictions imposed on the delivery of humanitarian supplies in the region via the only route, and that is through Afar; and that is the Semera-Abala-Mekelle road. Since October 18, there has been no movement of convoys with humanitarian supplies in the region – that’s since October 18. A reminder that an estimated 100 trucks with food, non-food items, and fuel are required in Tigray daily to meet critical humanitarian needs. Fuel for the humanitarian response has not entered Tigray since August. Sixteen fuel tankers, each with a capacity of about 45,00 litres remain idle in Semara. Due to the severe fuel shortages, many humanitarian partners have been forced to significantly reduce or sus their activities – that includes food deliveries and water trucking. In addition to this, the suspension of the UN’s humanitarian flights, that follows last Friday’s incident, also means that much needed cash cannot be transported into Tigray. The humanitarian situation in Afar and Amhara regions is also deteriorating as conflict expands in multiple locations and causes massive displacement of people, the disruption of livelihoods, and food insecurity. Ongoing hostilities are blocking the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in both regions.”
5. Med shot, journalist asking question
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
(Starts under cutaway) “To avoid the violence would be for all those involved to engage in a political dialogue instead of a weapons dialogue. On the staff, as we have been saying for quite some time, we’ve been reducing our footprint in Tigray. Obviously, the halting of flights makes that much more complicated, but the more immediate need that we have is for humanitarian aid to get in, and fuel especially to get in. I mean, I talked about the fuel trucks, 45,000 litres each that were sitting idle. Without fuel, you can’t do water distribution; you can’t do food deliveries. We still have some fuel supplies in Tigray, but those are running dangerously low. Once the fuel runs out, you can’t deliver aid, especially when you are talking about reaching people who are already in remote areas.”
7. Wide shot, spokesperson leaving press room
STORYLINE
UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said humanitarian access to northern Ethiopia “remains challenging,” and noted that avoiding violence in the country would require “all those involved to engage in a political dialogue instead of a weapons dialogue.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (26 Oct), Dujarric said the humanitarian situation in Tigray continues to deteriorate “due to the restrictions imposed on the delivery of humanitarian supplies in the region via the only route, and that is through Afar; and that is the Semera-Abala-Mekelle road.” He said there has been “no movement of convoys with humanitarian supplies in the region” since October 18.

The spokesperson reminded that an estimated 100 trucks with food, non-food items, and fuel are required in Tigray daily to meet critical humanitarian needs. He said, “Fuel for the humanitarian response has not entered Tigray since August,” while 16 fuel tankers carrying some 45,00 litres each remain idle in Semara. He said, “Due to the severe fuel shortages, many humanitarian partners have been forced to significantly reduce or sus their activities – that includes food deliveries and water trucking.”

In addition, Dujarric said the suspension of the UN’s humanitarian flights following Friday’s incident, means that much needed cash cannot be transported into Tigray.

The spokesperson also said, “The humanitarian situation in Afar and Amhara regions is also deteriorating as conflict expands in multiple locations and causes massive displacement of people, the disruption of livelihoods, and food insecurity. Ongoing hostilities are blocking the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in both regions.”

Responding to a question by reporters, Dujarric said the UN has been reducing its footprint in Tigray. He said, “Obviously, the halting of flights makes that much more complicated, but the more immediate need that we have is for humanitarian aid to get in, and fuel especially to get in.”

The spokesperson stressed that without fuel, water distribution and food deliveries cannot be done. He said, “We still have some fuel supplies in Tigray, but those are running dangerously low. Once the fuel runs out, you can’t deliver aid, especially when you are talking about reaching people who are already in remote areas.”
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