UN / DRC UPDATE

18-Apr-2022 00:01:50
The UN is concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as violence continues, said a UN Spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

18 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I can tell you that we are concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground in Ituri, as violence unfortunately continues. Last week, attacks in Djugu and Irumu territories resulted in the killing of at least 35 civilians —including one displaced person and 19 returnees. Insecurity has forced nine humanitarian organizations — one UN agency and eight international NGOs — to temporarily suspend their road movements in Irumu and Mambasa territories, delaying the provision of assistance to thousands of people. The humanitarian situation in Ituri has been deteriorating since last October, when attacks on civilians increased, including on sites for displaced people. This has led to significant population movements and today, the province has more than 1.9 million people who are displaced. Persistent insecurity has also impacted food production in Ituri, leaving thousands of families with insufficient food to eat. Food insecurity affects nearly 3 million people, particularly in Djugu, where one in five people is facing emergency hunger levels. Over the past two years, between March 2020 and March 2022, some 211 schools have been destroyed or damaged, leaving 55,000 children out of school across Ituri. We, along with our partners, have managed to continue to operate and to provide assistance to civilians, despite the volatile situation. Eight projects in shelter, health, food security, nutrition, and protection are currently being implemented in the areas of Komanda and Mambasa.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The UN is concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as violence continues, said a UN Spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters today (18 Apr) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, Last week, attacks in Djugu and Irumu territories resulted in the killing of at least 35 civilians —including one displaced person and 19 returnees. Insecurity has forced nine humanitarian organizations — one UN agency and eight international NGOs — to temporarily suspend their road movements in Irumu and Mambasa territories, delaying the provision of assistance to thousands of people.”

Dujarric continued, “the humanitarian situation in Ituri has been deteriorating since last October, when attacks on civilians increased, including on sites for displaced people. This has led to significant population movements and today, the province has more than 1.9 million people who are displaced.”

He added, “persistent insecurity has also impacted food production in Ituri, leaving thousands of families with insufficient food to eat.”

Dujarric explained, “food insecurity affects nearly 3 million people, particularly in Djugu, where one in five people is facing emergency hunger levels. Over the past two years, between March 2020 and March 2022, some 211 schools have been destroyed or damaged, leaving 55,000 children out of school across Ituri.”

The UN along with its partners have managed to continue to operate and to provide assistance to civilians, despite the volatile situation. “Eight projects in shelter, health, food security, nutrition, and protection are currently being implemented in the areas of Komanda and Mambasa,” the Spokesperson said.
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