GENEVA / MYANMAR DISPLACED AID

11-Feb-2022 00:01:52
The number of internally displaced people due to the conflict in Myanmar has doubled since last year’s military coup and currently amounts to more than 800,000 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today as it scales up its emergency response in the country. UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 11 FEBRUARY 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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FILE – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

11 FEBRUARY 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Saltmarsh, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Security is deteriorating rapidly across the country as fighting and armed conflict intensifies with no sign of abating. UNHCR forecasts an accelerating trend in displacements in the coming weeks and months.”
4. Wide shot, press room with speakers at dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Saltmarsh, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Some 440,000 people have been newly displaced since February 2021, according to our data, adding to an existing 370,000 who had fled their homes previously.”
6. Med shot, masked participant listening with speaker on TV screen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Saltmarsh, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Humanitarian access in many parts of Myanmar remains restricted due to insecurity, roadblocks, and challenges in attaining access approvals. As a result, host communities and local responders continue to play a leading role in assisting displaced populations, demonstrating solidarity with each other by donating what they can.”
8. Wide shot, Journalists listening and taking notes
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Saltmarsh, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Some 600,000 stateless Rohingya in Rakhine State, including some 148,000 displaced in camps, villages and displacement sites, also remain highly vulnerable and require humanitarian support.”
10. Med shot, TV screen showing spokesperson and dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Saltmarsh, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Another conflict-affected area with pressing needs is Myanmar’s North-West, where about 190,000 people remain displaced in Chin State, Magway Region and Sagaing Region.”
12. Wide shot, press room
13. Close up, masked participant
14. Med shot, one participant listening and another rising hand to ask question
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STORYLINE
The number of internally displaced people due to the conflict in Myanmar has doubled since last year’s military coup and currently amounts to more than 800,000 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today as it scales up its emergency response in the country.

“Security is deteriorating rapidly across the country as fighting and armed conflict intensifies with no sign of abating,” said UNHCR spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh speaking today at a news briefing at the United Nations in Geneva. “UNHCR forecasts an accelerating trend of displacements in the coming weeks and months.” he added.

As conflict and insecurity is raging in many parts of the country, UNHCR and partners are stepping up operations and deploying additional resources to support as conflict intensifies.

According to Saltmarsh, “some 440,000 people have been newly displaced since February 2021, according to our data, adding to an existing 370,000 who had fled their homes previously.”

In the southeast of the country, Kayin, Kayah, Mon and Shan (South) states as well as Bago (East) and Tanintharyi regions collectively account for more than half of the 440,000 newly displaced civilians. Hostilities between various armed groups have triggered large-scale displacements. Kayin and Kayah states remain the most affected ones.

“Another conflict-affected area with pressing humanitarian needs is Myanmar’s North-West, where about 190,000 people remain displaced in Chin State, Magway Region and Sagaing Region,” said UNHCR Matthew Saltmarsh.

UNHCR said the displaced people are living in appalling conditions, many in camps and displacement sites, others with host communities, and some have crossed the borders with Thailand and India or have sought refuge in the jungle without adequate food, shelter, sanitation, protection or medical care.

UNHCR and its partners distributed relief items including tarpaulins, ropes, blankets, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, buckets, sleeping mats, sanitary kits, COVID-19 personal protective equipment, solar lamps, and winterization kits for adults and children.

“Humanitarian access in many parts of Myanmar remains restricted due to insecurity, roadblocks and challenges in obtaining access approvals,” said Saltmarsh. “As a result, host communities and local responders continue to play a leading role in assisting displaced populations.”

The humanitarian situation in Myanmar remains precarious with increased vulnerabilities linked to rising commodity prices, job and income losses, disruptions to basic services and prolonged insecurity. The majority of IDPs are consequently dependent on humanitarian support for survival.

“Some 600,000 stateless Rohingya in Rakhine State, including some 148,000 displaced in camps, villages and displacement sites, also remain highly vulnerable and require humanitarian support,” noted Saltmarsh.

In 2022, UNHCR said it requires a total of 56.7 million USD to ensure adequate humanitarian assistance and support vulnerable communities.
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