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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03534-N
Date : 05/11/2022
Title : COP 27 : climate and conflict shocks destroy livelihoods and leave many displaced
Duration : 00:14:35
Cameraman : various
Editor : RIETVELD, Geerte Cornelia Catharina
Person appearing :
SPOLJARIC EGGER, Mirjana (president, ICRC)
EGLIN, Jürg (head of delegation, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
RIETVELD, Geerte Cornelia Catharina
Description : The triple threat of climate change, conflict, and health emergencies: A deadly mix for the most vulnerable in fragile settings

Climate change is not a distant threat. It is already dramatically affecting vulnerable people across the globe. In particular, the changing climate is having devastating consequences for people living in conflict situations and those who don’t have access to basic health care due to damaged infrastructure, which is causing a rise in deadly diseases.

Somalia has suffered through an erratic cycle of droughts and floods in recent years, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation further complicated by three decades of armed conflict. People have limited time to adapt because the shocks are so frequent and severe. Kaha Ahmed, a herder in Somalia: “It has not rained in 3 years in this place we are living in. There is lack of water. There is no food. This is how things are - we are vulnerable people.”

Humanitarian organisations have also been responding to flooding in South Sudan and across the Sahel; devastating cyclones in Madagascar and Mozambique; and severe drought in the Horn of Africa. The climate crisis worsens health and humanitarian crises.

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mirjana Spoljaric said in her latest visit to the Sahel: “It’s a region that is gravely affected by armed violence, but at the same time is heavily impacted by the impact of climate change. There has been a growing displacement of civilian populations. Right now, there are about 4.5 million displaced in the whole region.”

“In addition to the conflict, we were confronted with the consequences of the drought. The animals didn't have any food and we didn't have anymore, so we left Burkina before things got worse,” said Sallah Ag Yehya, Chief of the Kadji, a site for internally displaced persons in Mali.

The ICRC is alarmed by the current reality and projections for the future. Its teams see droughts, floods, insect plagues and changing rainfall patterns which can all jeopardise food production and people’s means of survival. More extreme and powerful weather events such as cyclones are destroying essential health infrastructure. Changing patterns of deadly diseases such as malaria, dengue and cholera are challenging humanitarian responses. Conflict and violence increase the need for emergency health assistance while also limiting the capacity of health facilities.

The ICRC is calling on world leaders to live up to their commitments under the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 and ensure that vulnerable and conflict-affected people are adequately supported to adapt to a changing climate. World leaders must collectively find solutions and ensure access to adequate climate finance in challenging environments. Leaving people behind is not an option.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : COP 27 : climate and conflict shocks destroy livelihoods and leave many displaced
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