UKRAINE / GRIFFITHS HUMANITARIAN VISIT

08-Apr-2022 00:04:39
United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths visited Bucha and Irpin outside Kyiv. He described the visit as horrifying, seeing a mass grave with bodies wrapped in plastic, dozens of apartment blocks and houses destroyed, and burned-out cars in the street. OCHA
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STORY: UKRAINE / GRIFFITHS HUMANITARIAN VISIT
TRT: 04:39
SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 7 APRIL 2022, IRPIN, BUCHA, UKRAINE
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7 APRIL 2022, IRPIN, UKRAINE

1. Various shots, street destruction, and damages
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Well, I think we had a terrible privilege going to those places because what we saw was terribly shocking. We saw an open grave in a churchyard where apparently there are 280 bodies,which the local people had brought to that grave because they were left to lie in the street or to lie in the morgue that had been buried during the period of the fighting in that place as they were brought to this open grave. And now, because we were there, now they're being exhumed. They're being brought out of that grave, still not properly buried. And you know how that is for family members, because, of course, it's a crime scene and they need forensic examination of those bodies before they can properly, safely, and respectfully be laid to rest. I think that is such a terrible indictment of the world that we're living in today, where that can happen anywhere. It's not about being in Europe or not being in Europe,that inhumanity, it's something which is intolerable.”

7 APRIL 2022, BUCHA, UKRAINE

3. Still, UN staff standing in front of a mass gravesite, Griffiths and delegation in the background

7 APRIL 2022, IRPIN, UKRAINE

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Well, we need cash to get into the hands of these people because, in Ukraine, there still are markets, so people can buy food and so forth. We need to get cash safely to those who need it. Not everybody, but those who need it. And the government of Ukraine has some very, very progressive digital platforms to do that. Secondly, we need temporary accommodation because they can't go back into places that are ruined, but they probably need to come back close to home. So, there is going to be a need for urgent, temporary accommodation, flatpack housing, whatever it is. Thirdly, we do need supplies. We do need supplies. We need food, staple food. We need also to repair water systems and so forth. These things are classic humanitarian operations can and will do those things we can achieve.
5. Still, Griffiths standing in front of a residential building destroyed by shelling with Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine stands, and Amin Awad, United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The thing that worries me more is getting access to people who are still in the heart of war. I think what we need to do is to have much more clarity between the Russian Federation and the Ukrainian authorities about safe passage because, as we've seen recently, getting people out of Mariupol is a daily frustration. So, the corridors are announced, but then they don't work. We've begun to see good success with our convoys going to hard-to-reach places with supplies. We've done four now. We'll do one again tomorrow. We, you know, we're ratcheting that up. That's good. But for safe evacuation of civilians and in Mariupol, also in the Donbas, in Donetsk and Luhansk, a huge priority now, I think, for humanitarians as well as for the government of Ukraine. That's something that we need to have really effective engaged, Joined-up-agreement between the two parties."

7 APRIL 2022, BUCHA, UKRAINE

7. Wide shots, Convoy approaching Bucha
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Antonio Guterres sent me to Moscow and Kyiv to press for a humanitarian ceasefire.There is no doubt that the earliest we can achieve a humanitarian ceasefire, an end to the carnage, as he puts it, the better off not only with the people of Ukraine be, but the people of the world will be because of the extraordinary disruption this conflict is having on the way we work, the way we live, the way we decide things. So that ceasefire is imperative.”
STORYLINE
On 7 April 2022, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths visited Bucha and Irpin outside Kyiv. He described the visit as horrifying, seeing a mass grave with bodies wrapped in plastic, dozens of apartment blocks and houses destroyed, and burned-out cars in the street.

Griffiths said, “We saw an open grave in a churchyard where apparently there are 280 bodies, which the local people had brought to that grave because they were left to lie in the street or to lie in the morgue that had been buried during the period of the fighting in that place as they were brought to this open grave. And now, because we were there, now they're being exhumed. They're being brought out of that grave, still not properly buried.”

He added, “that is such a terrible indictment of the world that we're living in today, where that can happen anywhere. It's not about being in Europe or not being in Europe; that inhumanity, it's something which is intolerable.”

The Under-Secretary-General also said, “we need cash to get into the hands of these people because, in Ukraine, there still are markets, so people can buy food and so forth. We need to get cash safely to those who need it. Not everybody, but those who need it. And the government of Ukraine has some very, very progressive digital platforms to do that.”

He added that there is a need for urgent, temporary accommodation, supplies, and staple food. There is also a need to repair water systems. “These things are things that are classic humanitarian operations can and will do those things we can achieve,” he said.

Griffiths noted, “The thing that worries me more is getting access to people who are still in the heart of war. I think what we need to do is to have much more clarity between the Russian Federation and the Ukrainian authorities about safe passage because, as we've seen recently, getting people out of Mariupol is a daily frustration. So, the corridors are announced, but then they don't work.”

He concluded, “Antonio Guterres sent me to Moscow and to Kyiv to press for a humanitarian ceasefire. There is no doubt that the earliest we can achieve a humanitarian ceasefire, an end to the carnage, as he puts it, the better off not only with the people of Ukraine be, but the people of the world will be because of the extraordinary disruption this conflict is having on the way we work, the way we live, the way we decide things. So that ceasefire is imperative.”
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