Richard Roth, South Africa, Somalia & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (14 April 2022)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


– Richard Roth

– South Africa

– Somalia

– Ukraine

– Ukraine/Prevention of Genocide

– U.N. Humanitarian Funding

– West Africa

– Mali

– South Sudan

– Abyei

– Central African Republic

– Middle East

– Yemen

– Haiti

– Philippines

– Resident Coordinators

– U. N. Truce Supervisor Organization


Very positive news and exceptionally hopeful news to share with you: Two days ago, one of our dearest colleagues, CNN’s own Richard Roth, successfully underwent a kidney transplant operation. I spoke to him a short while ago. He’s in his usual good spirits.

His usual booming voice is coming back and we send positive thoughts to Richard as he recovers.


In a statement, the Secretary-General said he is deeply saddened by the loss of life and damage as a result of the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and people of South Africa.

The United Nations expresses its solidarity with South Africa and stands ready to support.


We, along with our international partners, welcome today’s swearing-in of newly-elected members of the country’s House of the People and Upper House.

After a period of more than one year in which all Somali-elected institutions exceeded their constitutional timelines, we are pleased that the new parliament is now in place.

We, along with our partners, strongly condemn the mortar attack, claimed by al-Shabaab, that occurred earlier in the day near the location of the swearing-in [ceremony].

We look forward to the rapid completion of the remaining stages of the electoral process, notably election of the parliamentary leadership and then the President.


On Ukraine, Martin Griffiths, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, today expressed condolences to the families and colleagues of at least two aid workers, together with five of their relatives, who were killed in an attack that hit the office of the NGO Caritas in Mariupol. That attack took place a few weeks ago on March 15th.

The information about the incident became available only very recently. This highlights just how challenging it has been for people inside Mariupol to communicate while the city is besieged.

Mr. Griffiths said this deeply tragic and unacceptable event is just one example of this war’s horrific consequences for civilians, including aid workers.

Tens of thousands of civilians in Mariupol – which has been an epicentre of horror since the conflict began – and in other locations around Ukraine have now endured 50 days of violence and shelling.

Mr. Griffiths will be here in the flesh on Monday to speak to you as our guest at the briefing.

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