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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01653-N
Date : 13/10/2016
Country/Region : NIGER; NIGERIA
Title : Lake Chad : ICRC president calls for world to urgently address
Duration : 00:04:32
Editor : MOUCHET, Louis
Person appearing :
MISHERIA, Patrick (nurse, ICRC)
MAURER, Peter (president, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV547N
Description : A protracted conflict in the Lake Chad region has spread across four countries: Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Over nine million people need urgent humanitarian assistance. 2.6 million have been displaced, some of them multiple times.
In Nigeria’s Borno State alone hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence have overwhelmed host communities. In some parts of Borno, the armed conflict has made delivering aid extremely difficult. Malnutrition, exhaustion, diarrhea, cholera and measles are causing a high death rate.
The ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross Society have managed to gain access to previously inaccessible areas of Borno state, and are working to support families in need.
Children are among the most affected by this humanitarian crisis: they face severe malnutrition because their families cannot access food and other vital health services.
The ICRC has set up a nutrition centre to treat the most critical cases.
Across the Lake Chad region, the conflict is causing huge upheaval. The population of one affected village, Garin Wanzam in the Diffa region of Niger, has swollen from 1500 original inhabitants, to over 30,000. The newcomers arrived in the space of just 72 hours in June, fleeing conflict to a place they hoped would be safe.
For a small village like Garin Wanzam, feeding so many new mouths is a huge challenge. Water too is precious, the village has just one well. The ICRC is supporting Garin Wanzam with food supplies, and with water, this aid will save lives, but the people affected by this crisis deserve, Mr Maurer says, much more.
For the millions of people, young and old, caught up in the Lake Chad Region conflict, aid can be a huge help – in the short term. But humanitarian relief can never be a long term solution. This crisis is now in its sixth year, it needs international attention, and political will, to give hope back to people, and to allow them to return home, and restart their lives in peace.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Lake Chad : ICRC president calls for world to urgently address
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : ProRes 422
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