SOMALIA / GRIFFITHS VISIT DROUGHT

04-Sep-2022 00:04:25
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths visited Baidoa in Bay region, the epicenter of the hunger crisis ripping through Somalia. Despite the immense suffering he has witnessed, he feared that “the worst is yet to come” for the people of Somalia. OCHA
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STORY: SOMALIA / GRIFFITHS VISIT DROUGHT
TRT: 4:25
SOURCE: OCHA
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT OCHA ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 3-4 SEPTEMBER 2022, SOMALIA
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3-4 SEPTEMBER 2022, BAIDOA HOSPITAL, SOMALIA

1. Various shots, Griffiths arriving
2. Various shots, Griffiths visiting Baidoa Hospital (Bay Regional Hospital), stabilization centre

3-4 SEPTEMBER 2022, BANADIR HOSPITAL, SOMALIA

3. Various shots, Griffiths visiting Banadir hospital, stabilization centre

03 SEPTEMBER 2022, AL BARAKA IDP SITE, SOMALIA

4. Various shots, Griffiths visiting IDP sites
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“What's happening at the moment here in Somalia and in the Horn of Africa is unprecedented. Yes, Somalia has suffered terribly. We've all seen it. We grew up with the scenes of suffering in Somalia, after all. But what's happening now is four seasons in a row, the rains have failed, and we think the fifth is going to fail.”
6. Various shots, Griffiths visiting IDP sites
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“The stories that we hear from the people in this camp and in the hospital from which we just came are stories that need to be told around the world, a world which is busy with other stories and where needs, as we see here, so clearly are being ignored.”
8. Various shots, Griffiths visiting IDP sites
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“We fear here in Somalia that the worst is yet to come. And yet I can tell you right now is bad enough. There are people who have been in this camp for 8 to 9 years. And when we ask them about the future, first of all, they don't really understand the question. Survival is enough. But then when they do, they tell us we don't have a future. We can't go home. We've been here for eight years. There's violence where we came from. Our animals have been sold.
10. Various shots, Griffiths visiting IDP sites
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“We can't allow this to continue. And yet we fear that the drought which has divided this country these last four seasons, is going to get worse.”
12. Various shots, Griffiths visiting IDP sites
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“Save lives first, that’s the imperative for all of us.”
14. Various shots, Griffiths visiting IDP sites
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“What's happening in the Horn of Africa is a threat to a way of life which is sustained families and communities for generations. It's not just a lack of rain for four seasons for many families. It's an end to the way they've lived. We have to help them live again in any way possible.”
16. Various shots, Griffiths visiting IDP sites
STORYLINE
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths visited Baidoa in Bay region, the epicenter of the hunger crisis ripping through Somalia. Despite the immense suffering he has witnessed, he feared that “the worst is yet to come” for the people of Somalia.

As famine looms and the drought worsens, 7.8 million people— nearly half of the country’s estimated population — need humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of thousands of people are at imminent risk of death if we do not act immediately.

“We can't allow this to continue. And yet we fear that the drought which has divided this country these last four seasons is going to get worse,” Griffiths said. “What's happening in the Horn of Africa is a threat to a way of life which has sustained families and communities for generations. It's not just a lack of rain for four seasons for many families. It's an end to the way they've lived. We have to help them live again in any way possible.”
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