UN / DRC

30-Sep-2022 00:02:36
The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said, “A clear indicator of the deteriorating situation is the surge in internal displacement since January 2022, which has brought the total number of displaced people to 5.5 million – the largest caseload in Africa.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC
TRT: 02:36
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

30 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Armed groups continue to pose a significant threat and commit violence against civilians. Most abuses are being perpetrated by the Coopérative pour le Développement du Congo (CODECO), Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), and the Mouvement du 23 mars (M23) in Ituri and North Kivu, while Mai-Mai groups and other militias have intensified attacks on civilians in South Kivu.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO): Wide shot, Security Council:
“This insecurity fuels human rights violations and has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation. An estimated 27 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with many having protection needs. A clear indicator of the deteriorating situation is the surge in internal displacement since January 2022, which has brought the total number of displaced people to 5.5 million –the largest caseload in Africa.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“In recent months, in the wake of the resurgence of M23, the crisis of trust that the mission and the Congolese population in the east were already experiencing has deteriorated. This situation provided fertile ground for manipulation and stigmatization against MONUSCO, leading to new violent demonstrations and serious incidents causing the death of several dozen demonstrators and four Mission’s personnel.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Following these incidents, President Tshisekedi instructed his government to reassess the transition plan to accelerate the departure of MONUSCO. We are fully prepared to work closely with the government to this end.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
“The revaluation of the transition plan and the gradual drawdown of the MONUSCO’s force is necessary. A group of experts is currently being implemented in our government.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) said, “A clear indicator of the deteriorating situation is the surge in internal displacement since January 2022, which has brought the total number of displaced people to 5.5 million – the largest caseload in Africa.”

Briefing the Security Council today (30 Sep), Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and head of MONUSCO, said that armed groups continue to pose a significant threat and commit violence against civilians.

According to Keita, most abuses are being perpetrated by the Coopérative pour le Développement du Congo (CODECO), Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), and the Mouvement du 23 mars (M23) in Ituri and North Kivu, while Mai-Mai groups and other militias have intensified attacks on civilians in South Kivu.

She continued, “This insecurity fuels human rights violations and has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation. An estimated 27 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with many having protection needs.”

The head of MONUSCO also said, “In recent months, in the wake of the resurgence of M23, the crisis of trust that the mission and the Congolese population in the east were already experiencing has deteriorated.”

She explained, “This situation provided fertile ground for manipulation and stigmatization against MONUSCO, leading to new violent demonstrations and serious incidents causing the death of several dozen demonstrators and four Mission’s personnel.”

Also talking at the Security Council, Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, DRC Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “The revaluation of the transition plan and the gradual drawdown of the MONUSCO’s force is necessary. A group of experts is currently being implemented in our government.”
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