SOMALIA / GRIFFITHS PRESSER

05-Sep-2022 00:02:43
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths told reporters, “we are in the last minute of the eleventh hour to avoid a full-blown disaster in Somalia.” OCHA
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STORY: SOMALIA / GRIFFITHS PRESSER
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SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 SEPTEMBER 2022, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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1. Wide shot, press briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“I have been shocked to my core these past few days by the level of pain and suffering we see so many Somalis enduring. Famine is at the door, and today we are receiving a final warning.”
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The Somalia Food Security and Nutrition analysis report, being released today, shows concrete indications that famine will occur in two areas in the Bay region (Baidoa and Burhakaba districts) in South-Central Somalia between October and December of this year.”
5. Wide shot, press briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The situation and trends resemble those seen in 2010-2011, in that crisis. Except now they are worse. The unprecedented failure of four consecutive rainy seasons, decades of conflict, mass displacement, severe economic issues are pushing many people to that brink of famine.”
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“In Banadir, not far from here in Mogadishu, I visited the local hospital with the exceptional medical staff, both Government and non-Government, and these medical teams are struggling to keep up with the rush of emaciated children who seek treatment. And they are the lucky ones, the ones who make it there.”
9. Wide shot, press briefing room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“One of the doctors told me that they’re seeing an increase of 40-50 per cent more children than they did just a few weeks ago.”
11. Wide shot, press briefing room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“One and a half million children across Somalia will face acute malnutrition by October if we remain on the current course.”
13. Wide shot, press briefing room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Today, we are in the last minute of the eleventh hour to save lives. The clock is running, and it will soon run out.”
STORYLINE
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths told reporters, “we are in the last minute of the eleventh hour to avoid a full-blown disaster in Somalia.”

Speaking to reporters today (05 Sep) in Mogadishu, Griffiths said, “I have been shocked to my core these past few days by the level of pain and suffering we see so many Somalis enduring.”

He reiterated, “famine is at the door, and today we are receiving a final warning.”

The humanitarian chief also said, “the Somalia Food Security and Nutrition analysis report, being released today, shows concrete indications that famine will occur in two areas in the Bay region (Baidoa and Burhakaba districts) in South-Central Somalia between October and December of this year.”

Griffiths continued, “the situation and trends resemble those seen in 2010-2011, in that crisis. Except now they are worse. The unprecedented failure of four consecutive rainy seasons, decades of conflict, mass displacement, severe economic issues are pushing many people to that brink of famine.”
Recalling his trip to Banadir, Griffiths said, “I visited the local hospital with the exceptional medical staff, both Government and non-Government, and these medical teams are struggling to keep up with the rush of emaciated children who seek treatment. And they are the lucky ones, the ones who make it there. One of the doctors told me that they’re seeing an increase of 40-50 per cent more children than they did just a few weeks ago.”
He continued, “one and a half million children across Somalia will face acute malnutrition by October if we remain on the current course.”
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