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STORY: ZIMBABWE / LOWCOCK VISIT
TRT: 2:49
SOURCE: OCHA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SHONA / NATS

DATELINE: 27 FEBRUARY 2019, EPWORTH, ZIMBABWE

SHOTLIST:

1. wide shot, Mark Lowcock and UN delegation walking the streets of Epworth
2. Wide shot, Mark Lowcock in a meeting with Epworth residents
3. Med shot, Mark Lowcock talking to a fruit vendor
4. Med shot, Mark Lowcock talking to a fruit vendor
5. WS Mark Lowcock and delegation inspecting crops
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The central problem is the economy. Prices have been rising. Petrol prices went up for example, [but] incomes haven’t been rising.”
7. Med shot, Mark Lowcock in the classroom of a local school
8. Wide shot, Mark Lowcock and UN delegation walking the streets of Epworth
9. Med shot, Mark Lowcock and Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli talking with Etina Gume, 19 years old
10. SOUNDBITE (Shona) Etina Gume, 19 years old:
“I don’t work, but my husband has a business through which he sells bananas that he hoards from Mbare. So now, I can’t get enough money for my child to go to school because we have to pay rent and buy the food we need.”
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“We met some people who are trying to sustain a vending business, selling fruit and vegetables on the side of the street, and you can make a bit of money doing that, but there’s too many people here who don’t have the wherewithal to do that and to resorting to begging or to coping strategies that are very worrying, particularly in respect to women and very very young girls.”
12. Wide shot, people in the village of Mukari Village, Mudzi district, Zimbabwe
13. Children in the street of Mukari Village, Mudzi district, Zimbabwe
14. SOUNDBITE (Shona) Joyce Chinakamakumbo, 60 (and her grandson Brilliant):
“We just boil some nuts and a bit of maize and eat that in the afternoon. The children also carry this to school.”

STORYLINE:

During a three-day mission to Zimbabwe, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock announced the allocation of (USD) 10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help reach over 5.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance following drought and economic shocks.

He launched a $234 million flash appeal to provide urgent food, health, water, sanitation, hygiene & protection support for 2.2 million people over the next 6 months.

The mission will end tomorrow with a visit to Bindura to talk with people affected by increasing food insecurity.

An estimated 2.9 million people in rural areas and 1.5 million in urban areas are already severely food insecure, including 1 million facing emergency levels of food insecurity. A further 900,000 people risk reaching crisis food insecurity levels if the humanitarian assistance they are receiving does not continue. In areas across the country, there are acute shortages of essential medicines, and rising food insecurity has heightened the risk of gender-based violence, particularly for women and girls.

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