GENEVA / GOMA

27-Nov-2012 00:01:21
The United Nations Children's fund, UNICEF, reported today that people are still fleeing due to ongoing violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The agency also said the majority of schools in Goma have been damaged or looted or are hosting internally displaced people. CH UNTV
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DATELINE: 27 NOVEMBER 2012, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, GENEVA SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, spokespersons
3. Med shot, group of journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Marixie Mercado, Spokesperson, UNICEF:
“This morning, UNICEF staff in Goma were woken up by the sound of heavy fire coming from the direction of Sake and Kibumba. We don’t have any information at this stage on casualties, but we know that during the weekend there were already significant inflows of internally displaced persons (IDPs) into Minova.”
5. Wide shot, press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Marixie Mercado, Spokesperson, UNICEF:
“On Sunday (25 November), UNICEF together with education officials and partners visited 33 schools in and around Goma to assess conditions and to support the resumption of classes as soon as possible. Of the 33 schools visited, 20 were hosting IDPs, and 16 reported destruction or looting.”
7. Med shot, camera lens and press room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Marixie Mercado, Spokesperson, UNICEF:
“The General Reference Hospital in Minova reports 21 cases of rape. UNICEF is delivering 200 doses of post-exposure prophylaxis to the hospital. UNICEF coordinates the response to sexual and gender-based violence, which includes medical, psychosocial, legal and socio-economic support.”
9. Close up, journalist
10. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today (27 November) that people are still fleeing due to ongoing violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

UNICEF Spokesperson Marixie Mercado told journalists in Geneva that UNICEF staff in Goma “were woken up by the sound of heavy fire coming from the direction of Sake and Kibumba” today, and that “we know that during the weekend there were already significant inflows of internally displaced persons (IDPs)” into the town of Minova.

Mercado said many schools are closed as they are housing thousands of people uprooted by recent fighting in and around Goma. Schools officially re-opened on Monday, but classes did not resume in some schools still occupied by IDPs.

On Sunday (25 November), UNICEF together with education officials and partners visited 33 schools in and around Goma to assess conditions and to support the resumption of classes. Of these, Mercado said “20 were hosting IDPs, and 16 reported destruction or looting”.

She added that unexploded ordnance was reported in one school. In the town of Sake, schools did not re-open, and there were indications that schools are occupied by armed groups.

In Goma, UNICEF and partners are advocating with the IDPs to liberate classrooms during the day so that classes can resume. UNICEF is also working to bring in tarpaulins and construct collective hangars to provide shelter to IDPs and enable them to move out of school buildings.

UNICEF also visited The General Reference Hospital in Minova where 21 cases of rape were reported.

The agency’s spokeswoman told journalists at the briefing that UNICEF was delivering 200 doses of post-exposure prophylaxis to the hospital, and was coordinating the response to sexual and gender-based violence including medical, psychosocial, legal and socio-economic support.

The United Nations estimates that there are over 1.6 million IDPs in eastern DRC as a result of fighting between the national army and rebel groups in the region. The recent clashes have uprooted at least 100,000 people. More than half of them are children under 18 years.
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