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United Nations published this video item, entitled “Myanmar, Ethiopia, Haiti & other topics – Daily Briefing (10 Jun 2021)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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In Myanmar, the UN country team there says they remain deeply concerned over the continued use of force against children. They call on security forces to refrain from violence and keep children and young people out of harm’s way.
The UN Children’s Fund says that 56 children have reportedly been killed by security forces since the military took control of the Government in February.
The World Food Programme today warned that alarming new data has confirmed the magnitude of the hunger emergency gripping Tigray. An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis shows that more than 350,000 people are already facing catastrophic conditions in Tigray. This is the highest number of people classified by the IPC in a phase 5 – Catastrophic, in a single country in the last decade.
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification is an initiative that brings together 15 UN agencies, regional and international NGOs, and it is there to help guide humanitarian work.
The World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization and UNICEF today made a joint call for urgent action to address the dramatic acute food insecurity in northern Ethiopia.
According to WFP’s Executive Director, David Beasley, WFP has swiftly mounted an emergency food assistance operation deploying more than 180 staff and increasing food distributions to reach 1.4 million people. Yet, Mr. Beasley added, this is barely half of the number that the UN should be reaching.
According to David Beasley, three things are needed to prevent hunger from claiming millions of lives in Tigray: that’s a ceasefire, unimpeded access for all humanitarian partners, and money to expand operations to meet the growing numbers of people who desperately need emergency food assistance.
Also, earlier today, the Head of the UN’s Humanitarian Department, Mark Lowcock, participated in a high-level round table held by the European Union and the United States on the humanitarian emergency in Tigray. Speaking at the virtual event, he warned that the situation in Tigray is going to get a lot worse.
Mr. Lowcock pointed out that the worst can still be avoided if we help Tigray now. He stressed that a re-run of 1984 would have wide-ranging and long-lasting ramifications.
The high-level round table was held just prior to the G7 Leaders’ Summit, as a prelude to the heads of state discussion on Ethiopia.
In Haiti, preliminary estimates by the humanitarian community suggest that more than 5,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of the month, following clashes between gangs in Port-au-Prince.
Incidents in Martissant, Cité Soleil and Bel-air have resulted in deaths and injuries, as well as several fires. For example, in Martissant, at least 4 civilians were killed and 29 injured in the first days of June.
People have fled to safer areas and are now staying with relatives. But, many others, including children, are sleeping outside, on the ground or in informal shelters.
According to the Office for the Coordination of humanitarian Affairs, the newly displaced need urgent assistance and protection. Priority needs include sanitation, shelter, access to clean water and food. Response efforts are underway to assist some 2,000 of the most vulnerable people. These efforts are led by the Municipality and Civil Protection, with the support of the UN.
This week’s displacement brings the overall number to some 10,000 residents of these areas, who have been displaced in the past 12 months due to similar incidents.
We, along with our partners are closely coordinating with Haitian authorities to ensure humanitarian access.
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