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On his second visit to Sudan since the outbreak of war last year, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned today that without concerted peace efforts, many more people will flee the brutal war in Sudan and into neighbouring countries. UNHCR

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1. Wide shot, group of women and children
2. Close up, girl looks on
3. Med shot, group of women and children seated together
4. Close up, woman looks on
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7. Wide shot, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Fillipo Grandi and UNHCR Head of Sub-office, Kosti Locality, Sudan walking together and talking
8. Med shot, Fillipo Grandi is welcomed into shelter in Goz Al Salam, Kosti locality, White Nile State
9. Various shots, Fillipo Grandi and UNHCR staff sit down and speak with internally displaced family
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11. Med shot, Fillipo Grandi and UNHCR Country Representative for Sudan Christine Hambrouk continue to speak with Internally displaced family
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13. Med shot, Fillipo Grandi shakes hands with internally displaced person in the shelter before leaving
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner:
“I chose to be in this region during this important week for us, the week in which we observe World
Refugee Day, because South Sudan and Sudan are two countries bound by history, and which both
have hosted refugees from the other country due to the multiple conflicts that have impacted all the
people here.”
15. Wide shot, children standing around outside at gathering site, Goz Al Salam, in Kosti
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19. Close up, Hands cooking ‘Kisra’ a Sudanese dish, on a pan
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21. Various shots, family seated together
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24. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner:
“Let's be very clear, the civilians are the ones that have no responsibility, no fault of their own in this
conflict and yet, as so often happens, they are the ones paying the highest price.”
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29. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner:
“The biggest appeal that I wanted to make, that I want to make, is to the military people that are fighting each other and reducing this country to ruin and to rubble. They have to stop. This war has to stop. Peace is the only solution so that we can help, properly, these people and all those to whom we have no access because of the war and we can move back to peace building, to development, to a better future for all those that are living here.”
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33. Wide shot, children sing and dance at Aldawaa school at the gathering site in Goz Al Salam, Kosti
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35. Wide shot, women and girls watching as girls sing and dance
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On his second visit to Sudan since the outbreak of war last year, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned today that without concerted peace efforts, many more people will flee the brutal war in Sudan and into neighbouring countries.

Grandi visited refugee camps and displacement centres in Kosti, in Sudan’s White Nile State, where over a million people have sought shelter since the fighting started.

The level of suffering is truly unconscionable,’’ said Grandi. “Sudan is the definition of a perfect storm: shocking human rights atrocities, with millions uprooted by this insane war and other wars that came before it. A terrible famine is looming, and severe floods will soon hamper aid deliveries even more. We are losing a generation to this war, yet peace efforts are not working.”

Grandi expressed deep alarm at the scale of the humanitarian emergency. Violence has escalated in El Fasher, North Darfur, and atrocities have been reported against civilians in Al Jazira State. He said many civilians are trapped in conflict flashpoints, unable to flee for safety elsewhere.

“Civilians did not start this war, yet they pay the price for it. We need the warring parties to stop targeting them, and to immediately facilitate humanitarian access to communities that require life-saving aid,” said Grandi.

Nine million people have been displaced since war broke out, making Sudan one of the world’s biggest displacement crises. Nearly two million people have fled beyond the country’s borders.

“Military leaders, and those with influence over them, must make peace a priority. Without it, people will keep fleeing into neighbouring countries, like Chad and South Sudan, which are only just emerging from their own conflicts and simply cannot cope with millions more mouths to feed. The stability of the region is at stake.”

Displaced people are living in abysmal conditions at risk of disease in overcrowded refugee camps, former schools and other makeshift sites.

The arrival of large numbers of people has increased pressure on communities hosting them. Grandi praised their generosity in welcoming those fleeing and asked for international donors to continue and step up their own support to the humanitarian response.

“So many people are trapped in a tragic cycle of displacement, lives upended by war time and again. Youth and women leaders spoke to me of their hopes for an education, job opportunities, prospects for the future. That takes investment, and it is worth it to build a better future for Sudan.”

Note to editors: UNHCR’s response and key data

UNHCR and partners have scaled up response efforts in White Nile and other areas. Since the start of the conflict, UNHCR has reached some 800,000 displaced Sudanese with protection assistance, services and referrals, cash, core relief items and emergency shelter.
Access constraints have limited the presence of humanitarians and hampered the safe and timely movement of aid supplies, including crossline and across borders.
After weeks of waiting at the Tine border in eastern Chad, recently UNHCR managed to get just three trucks of supplies for 1,000 families into North Darfur, a tiny percentage of what is needed. Some progress on access has been made in recent weeks with a new inter-agency convoy in preparation, including trucks carrying aid for 7,000 families.
Despite immense needs, aid agencies have only received 16 per cent of the resources they need to assist and protect those most in need inside Sudan.
Nearly 440,000 South Sudanese refugees live across White Nile State, the largest refugee population in the country, a third of whom have been forced to flee yet again from other states in Sudan due to the conflict. Another 1.3 million people are internally displaced, living with the communities or in displacement sites.

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