NIGER / GUTERRES OUALLAM VISIT

03-May-2022 00:02:37
Secretary-General António Guterres visited displaced people and refugees from Mali in Ouallam, Niger, to demonstrate his and the United Nations’ solidarity with those who have been driven from their homes. UNIFEED
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STORY: NIGER / GUTERRES OUALLAM VISIT
TRT: 02:37
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 03 MAY 2022, OUALLAM, NIGER
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, aerial views of the Sahel
2. Wide shot, Secretary-General’s helicopter landing
3. Wide shot, Guterres’ arrival at Almahaou Camp
4. Various shots, Guterres and delegation walking
5. Various shots, Guterres being welcomed by military contingent and local dignitaries
6. Wide shot, family photo
7. Various shots motorcade
8. Various shots, refugee and IDP children
9. Various shots, Guterres and delegation walking
10. Pan right, group of IDP and refugee women clapping hands
11. Various shots, Guterres interacting with refugee and IDP women
12. Wide shot, drummers
13. Pan right, women clapping
14. Wide shot, Touareg artisans
15. Various shots, Guterres waving to crowd
16. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am a Christian, but I am making this visit in solidarity, to demonstrate my respect and my admiration for the Muslim population that suffers the impacts of terrorism, climate change and droughts, and all the difficulties that you have in your lives.”
17. Wide shot, women
18. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In all the sacred texts of Islam, there is a condemnation of violence and any war waged by one Muslim against another Muslim.”
19. Various shots, people listening
STORYLINE
Secretary-General António Guterres today (3 May) visited displaced people and refugees from Mali in Ouallam, Niger, to demonstrate his and the United Nations’ solidarity with those who have been driven from their homes.

Speaking directly to them, Guterres said that he would do everything he could to support improvements to their lives.

He said, “I am a Christian, but I am making this visit in solidarity, to demonstrate my respect and my admiration for the Muslim population that suffers the impacts of terrorism, climate change and droughts, and all the difficulties that you have in your lives.”

And spoke against terrorists who say they are acting in the name of God, and said, “in all the sacred texts of Islam, there is a condemnation of violence and any war waged by one Muslim against another Muslim.”

He once again appealed for the international community to support Niger, which he said is not sufficiently equipped to counter terrorism.

Ouallam district one of the hottest places in Niger, one of the hottest countries in Africa, where rain falls rarely and sparingly but where shattered communities can find a refuge from the increasing acts of violence and terrorist activity which have struck the region.

Ouallam and two other neighbouring districts in northern Niger currently shelter some 28,000 people who have fled their homes because of violence, including terrorist acts, in the volatile wider Sahel region of Africa. Around 8,000 have left as refugees from neighbouring Mali to the north and another 20,000 have been displaced from 18 nearby villages and towns.
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