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UN Led Humanitarian Assesment in Maaxas

UN Led Humanitarian Assesment in Maaxas

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Aid agencies, led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), travelled to Maaxas in Hiraan Region on 28 May to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground. Maaxas is the fifth of ten newly accessible areas recovered from Al Shabaab control by the Somalia National Armed Forces and AMISOM two months ago to be assessed to determine urgent humanitarian needs and plan a response
Aid agencies, led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), travelled to Maaxas in Hiraan Region on 28 May to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground. Maaxas is the fifth of ten newly accessible areas recovered from Al Shabaab control by the Somalia National Armed Forces and AMISOM two months ago to be assessed to determine urgent humanitarian needs and plan a response

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STORY: UN LED HUMANITARIAN ASSESMENT MISSION IN MAXAAS TRT: 01:50 SOURCE: UN VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: UN VIDEO LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS DATELINE: 28/4/2014 MAAXAS, SOMALIA SHOTLIST:
1, Wide shot: Maxaas government officials with Humanitarian officials walking through Maxaas 2, Med shot: Maxaas government officials with Humanitarian officials walking through Maxaas 3, Close up: Maxaas government officials with Humanitarian officials walking through Maxaas 4, Wide shot: Ms. Edem Wosornu,
OCHA Somalia’s acting Director talking to the
local community 5, Med shot: Ms. Edem Wosornu,
OCHA Somalia’s acting Director talking to the
local community 6, Close up: Ms. Edem Wosornu,
OCHA Somalia’s acting Director talking to the
local community 7, SOUND BITE: Ms. Edem Wosornu,
OCHA Somalia’s acting Director: “
For a location like Maxaas, access to food is key, if you looked at the causes of famine in 2011 they were four, insecurity and conflict, access to people, food prices that were increasing and luck of funding. Now here as I said is relatively secure, the second thing is access to food is there. We just need to support the people of Maxaas to get more food at less prices.
 8, Wide shot: Maxaas government officials showing the community water well Humanitarian officials 9, Close up: Ms. Edem Wosornu,
OCHA Somalia’s acting Director ta
lking to children at the well 10, Med shot: children 11, Wide shot: Maxaas town 12, SOUND BITE: Ms. Edem Wosornu,
OCHA Somalia’s acting Director: “
We have to go back reassess what we have in stock, see what the needs are, and try and
 
bring in assistance. Now what we did, in some of these newly accessible areas, we brought in medical supplies, polio vaccinations. Supplies that are not too heavy, that can be transported relatively easy. We did that and we will try and do the same here." 13,Wide shot: Maaxas government officials with Humanitarian officials walking through Maaxas 14, Med shot: Maaxas government officials with Humanitarian officials walking through Maaxas
STORY:
Aid agencies, led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), travelled to Maaxas in Hiraan Region on 28 May to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground. Maaxas is the fifth of ten newly accessible areas recovered from Al Shabaab control by the Somalia National Armed Forces and AMISOM two months ago to be assessed to determine urgent humanitarian needs and plan a response.
For a location like Maaxas, access to food is key
,” said Ms. Edem Wosornu,
OCHA
Somalia’s acting Director who led the mission to Maaxas. “
If you looked at the causes of famine in 2011, they were four, insecurity and conflict, access to people, food prices that were increasing and luck of funding. Now here as I said is relatively secure, the second thing is access to food is there. We just need to support the people of Maaxas to get more food at less prices
.”
 
The visit to Maaxas was part of the aid community’s efforts to assess newly accessible
areas across the country, and deliver aid to communities in order to reverse the deteriorating humanitarian situation. The assessment team met with local authorities and elders to get an overview of the needs of the communities in the area. The most urgent needs identified were food, healthcare, water, sanitation, education and livestock immunisation.
“Humanitarian needs here are immense,” reported Ms. Wosornu. “The main access to
food for the community was from the capital of Mogadishu, but insecurity has resulted in the supply routes being blocked off. The only possible supply route is from Bossaso through Gaalkacyo and Belet Weyne which has resulted in doubling of food prices for basic staples such rice, sugar, oil and flour, stretching coping mechanisms of already
vulnerable families.”
 With no health facilities in Maxaas, the nearest hospital or primary care access is Belet Weyne, some 125km away. There have been no vaccinations in Maxaas since 2007.

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