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CRISES

 
 

Angola

 
 

Burundi

 
 

Central African Republic

 
 

Chad

 
 

Chechnya & Neighbouring Republics RF

 

Cote D'Ivoire Plus Three

 
 

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

 
 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

 
  Eritrea  
  Great Lakes Region and Central Africa  
  Guinea  
 Haiti
  Indonesia 
 Iran  
  Liberia  
  Madagascar 
 Occupied Palestinian Territory  
  Sierra Leone  
  Somalia  
  Southern Africa Region  
  Sudan  
  Tajikistan  
  Tanzania  
  Uganda  
  West Africa  
  Zimbabwe  
     
 

Other Crises

 
  Ethiopia  
   
   
   
   
  "Hear Our Voices" Video Transcript


Humanitarian Appeal 2004
Transcript of video 'Hear our Voices'
14 November 2003

Begins

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations
People to whom I lend my voice today are the survivors of conflicts, natural disasters and often terrible combinations of the two.

They are women, children and men, who have been forced to flee their homes, their communities, and who have lost almost everything but their hope that somewhere, somehow, they will find a helping hand to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

We are here today to show our solidarity with them and to give them a chance to survive and make a new start.

Aid worker 1:
People are coming to get water. So up to this moment, people are still OK. But after April, if we don't have a response from donors it's going to be a big problem.

Aid worker 2:
Clearly, if large numbers of agricultural farmers have died, or many many of them are ill and sick, then food production drops. And if food production drops, people whose immune systems are already weak don't have enough to eat and they therefore die more rapidly.

Similarly, if people whose immune systems are weak because they have HIV/AIDS, they are people who cannot produce the food. So there is in the relationship between food and AIDS a kind of terrible witch's brew – one plays on the other and aggravates the other. And the victim is ultimately the human being.

The impact on Africa is utterly devastating. It is ruining communities, families, small households. It is yielding millions of orphans. And all of these people are human beings. They all have faces. They all try to live. They are all struggling to survive.

Woman from Chechnya:
They day when we received our first books, I wept with joy. When every pupil has a notebook and a pencil on his desk and a teacher who is willing to teach, we will be able to restore everything else.

Kofi Annan:
The international community has a duty to provide life-saving assistance, not only on the basis of which situation receives media attention, but also on the basis of agreed definable minimum needs. We are making these appeals on behalf of people who are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and I urge you to forget none of them.

Woman from (southern?) Africa:
I started last year to learn at the school, and the school helped me. I can sign my name myself so everything I can try to make it myself.

Script
For 2004, the United Nations and its partners are appealing for some US$ 3 billion to assist people in: Angola, Burundi, Chechnya and neighbouring republics (Russian Federation), Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Great Lakes region, Guinea, Liberia, occupied Palestinian territory, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Southern Africa region, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, West Africa region and Zimbabwe.
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