UN / GRIFFITHS SOMALIA HUMANITARIAN

06-Sep-2022 00:02:25
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said that the reality caused by the drought in Somalia is “unprecedented”, warning the possible “horror of famine coming to the Horn of Africa.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GRIFFITHS SOMALIA HUMANITARIAN
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

06 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“So we're facing the reality of the consequence of four failed, rainy seasons, unprecedented, by the way even in Somalia for God's sake, and the likelihood in October, as the failure of a fifth as predicted by meteorologists, including from the UN, and the likelihood of a sixth in January, March of next year. This has never happened before in Somalia, so all those pictures that we all grew up with it, this is unprecedented. And it is for that reason that we've been banging the drum and rattling the trees and tried to get support internationally in terms of attention, prospects and the possibilities and the horror of famine coming to the Horn of Africa.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“Hunger is a gateway to disease. So what that means is if you're going to try to save people from famine, you need to do it through bringing up nutrition, water supply and food inputs together in one package to people who are at risk of dying from famine and from hunger behind it.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“Three million animals have died in Somalia alone or being sold because continued drought, continued failed rainy seasons means that the generations way of life is under threat. And what is so clear that people are under threat and under stress, they calculate the margins holding the rest of us. So what we deduce from that - we need to help them with alternative life.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“We have to help people with what we call here in Somalia resilience by which we mean an alternative way of life. This means development funding. This means climate funding, it's not the humanitarian funding. It's the other partners that are needed just to stay in a future of Somalia.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said that the reality caused by the drought in Somalia is “unprecedented”, warning the possible “horror of famine coming to the Horn of Africa.”

Speaking today (6 Sep) to reporters via a video link from Mogadishu, the humanitarian chief recalled his visits to Baidoa, the epicenter of the hunger crisis ripping through Somalia. He described the immense suffering of the displaced people that he has witnessed.

He said, “hunger is a gateway to disease. So what that means is if you're going to try to save people from famine, you need to do it through bringing up nutrition, water supply and food inputs together in one package to people who are at risk of dying from famine and from hunger behind it.”

Griffiths also said, “three million animals have died in Somalia alone or being sold because continued drought, continued failed rainy seasons means that the generations way of life is under threat. And what is so clear that people are under threat and under stress, they calculate the margins holding the rest of us. So what we deduce from that - we need to help them with alternative life.”

He added, “we have to help people with what we call here in Somalia resilience by which we mean an alternative way of life. This means development funding. This means climate funding, it's not the humanitarian funding. It's the other partners that are needed just to stay in a future of Somalia.”
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