UN / DRC AFGHANISTAN UPDATE

28-Mar-2023 00:01:54
The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, updated journalists on the latest attacks by the armed CODECO group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). On Afghanistan, he said a well-known advocate for girls’ educations was arrested in Kabul on Monday. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UN / DRC AFGHANISTAN UPDATE
TRT: 01:54
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 MARCH 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

28 MARCH 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“A quick update from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where unfortunately there have more attacks by the armed CODECO group over the weekend, in Ituri province’s Djugu territory. 17 civilians were reportedly killed in two separate attacks. The armed group also opened fire on UN peacekeepers and Congolese defence forces who were jointly conducting patrols to protect civilians around Djugu. During the incident, our peacekeepers and the Congolese military returned fire, prompting the assailants to flee. In the area of Drodro and Roe, southeast of Djugu, the peacekeeping mission continued to respond to the persistent insecurity caused by CODECO. Our colleagues facilitated the transport of 28 civilians, mostly women, from Drodro to the Roe site for internally displaced people.
The Mission also temporarily sheltered civilians at its base in Drodro, following the attack by CODECO near a church. They also evacuated a man injured during the attack.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I want to flag that our colleagues in Kabul, at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said that Matiullah Wesa, a well-known advocate for girls’ education and founder of “Pen Path”, was arrested in Kabul on Monday. We call for the de facto authorities to clarify his whereabouts, the reasons for his arrest and to ensure his access to legal representation, as well as contact with family. The UN Mission also said that it has been in contact with relevant de facto authorities in Kabul regarding the case of Mr. Wesa, as well as other activists and journalists who remain in detention.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric walks away
STORYLINE
The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, today (28 Mar) updated journalists on the latest attacks by the armed CODECO group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). On Afghanistan, he said a well-known advocate for girls’ educations was arrested in Kabul on Monday.

Talking to journalists in New York, Dujarric said that during e CODECO group attacks, in Ituri province’s Djugu territory, “17 civilians were reportedly killed in two separate attacks” and the armed group “also opened fire on UN peacekeepers and Congolese defence forces who were jointly conducting patrols to protect civilians around Djugu.”

During the incident, he said, “peacekeepers and the Congolese military returned fire, prompting the assailants to flee.”

The UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) the spokesperson said, “facilitated the transport of 28 civilians, mostly women, from Drodro to the Roe site for internally displaced people,” and also “temporarily sheltered civilians at its base in Drodro,” and “evacuated a man injured during the attack.”

Dujarric said that according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) the founder of “Pen Path”, Matiullah Wesa, had been arrested. He called for the de facto authorities “to clarify his whereabouts, the reasons for his arrest and to ensure his access to legal representation, as well as contact with family.”

He said the Mission “has been in contact with relevant de facto authorities in Kabul regarding the case of Mr. Wesa, as well as other activists and journalists who remain in detention.”
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