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Upon his return from Ethiopia, the Director of the Operational Division of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, reported that malnutrition rates among the 180,000 refugees from South Sudan seeking shelter in the Gambela region of Ethiopia “are among the worst anywhere in the world.” On Gaza, Ging said the casualty rate is “appalling and unjustifiable by any standard.”
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STORY: UN / GING
TRT: 2.18
SOURCE: UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 JULY 2014, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

23 JULY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, dais
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The malnutrition rates that we saw in the refugees that are now, you know, coming into Ethiopia are among the worst that you will find anywhere in the world, and this just gives you more evidence of the state of the population inside South Sudan.”
5. Med shot, journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“There are, as I said, 180,000 refugees. They are spread across four different camps in the region and how it affects the demographics of the population when the refugees now constitute 60 percent of the total population, and this is another factor that has to be taken into account that we shouldn’t just look at a response for the refugees, but we must also look at a response for the host communities who themselves are impoverished.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Our first preoccupation right now, today, is protection of the innocent civilians. The casualty rate is appalling and unjustifiable by any standard. That so many children, men women and children are being killed on a daily basis.”
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“People, unlike in South Sudan for example where they can flee across the border for safety and sanctuary. Such an option does not exist for the 1.8 million people in the Gaza Strip. And it is one of the more heavily and densily populated places in the world as we all know. As I see now, 44 percent of the territory of the Gaza Strip has been designated by the Israeli authorities as an area of conflict and so people are being advised to get out of these areas, but, where should they go?”
11. Wide shot, journalists
12. Zoom out, dais

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Upon his return from Ethiopia, the Director of the Operational Division of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, reported that malnutrition rates among the 180,000 refugees from South Sudan seeking shelter in the Gambela region of Ethiopia are “among the worst that you will find anywhere in the world.”

Ging explained that since December, 180,000 refugees arrived in Gambela escaping the conflict in South Sudan and are “spread across four different camps in the region.”

He noted that this affects the demographics of Gambela as now refugees “constitute 60 percent of the total population.”

The UN official said that “this is another factor that has to be taken into account that we shouldn’t just look at a response for the refugees, but we must also look at a response for the host communities who themselves are impoverished.”

Turning to Gaza, Ging stressed that “our first preoccupation right now, today, is protection of the innocent civilians.”

He said the casualty rate was “appalling and unjustifiable by any standard.”

Ging, who served as head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza from 2006 to 2011, said unlike in South Sudan or other conflicts where people can flee across borders for safety and sanctuary, “such an option does not exist for the 1.8 million people in the Gaza Strip.”

He said that 44 percent of the densily populated territory has been designated by the Israeli authorities as an area of conflict and people are being advised to leave, but, he asked, “where should they go?”

Gaza’s border crossings into both Israel and Egypt are currently blockaded.

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