David Miliband

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The International Rescue Committee's David Miliband discusses the facts about Ebola and his organization's humanitarian efforts in West Africa and Syria. (6:39)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS ENGLISH.

I WILL INTERVIEW HIM IN HISNATIVE TONGUE.

PLEASE WELCOME DAVID MILIBAND.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )MR. MILIBAND, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR BEING HERE.

>> GOOD TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: CHEERS AS WE SAY.

>> CHEERS.

>> Stephen: WHERE EVERYBODYKNOWS YOUR NAME.

YOU'RE THE FOMMER BRITISHSECRETARY.

YOU'RE MY FIRST CABINETSECRETARY TO COME OVER HERE.

THANK YOU.

IT'S AN HONOR.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> Stephen: WHO PUT YOU IN THEJOB?

>> THE PRIME MINISTER WAS GORDONBROWN AT THE TIME.

>> Stephen: GOOD GUY?

>> GOOD GUY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S LIKE OURSECRETARY OF STATE.

>> YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAYMR. SECRETARY.

>> Stephen: I DON'T HAVE TOSAY IT.

YOU HAVE TO SAY MADAM SECRETARYWHEN HILLARY CLINTON IS HERE.

YOU'RE C.E.O. OF THEINTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE

AND YOU RECENTLY RETURNED FROMWEST AFRICA. AND THE

INCUBATION PERIOD FOR EBOLA MYUNDERSTANDING IS 21 DAYS.

HOW MANY DAYS AGO DID YOU RETURNFROM LIBERIA?

>> 20.

( LAUGHTER )WE'LL SHAKE HANDS AGAIN.

>> Stephen: NO, NO.

ALL RIGHT.

UHM-- WHY HASN'T GOVERNOR CUOMOCLAPPED YOU IN IRONS AND STUFFED

YOU IN A HEFTY BAG AND HUNG YOUOFF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON

BRIDGE?

ARE YOU COMMUNICABLE RIGHT NOW?

>> I'M NOT COMMUNICABLE,COMMUNICATING EBOLA TO YOU, IF

THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE ASKING.

>> Stephen: THAT IS WHAT I'MASKING.

>> YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY SAFE.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU HELPINGPATIENTS THERE?

>> MY ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN INSIERRA LEONE AND LIBERIA FOR 15

YEARS HELPING PEOPLE DISPLACEDBY WAR AND CONFLICT, ABOUT 35

COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

THERE WAS CIVIL WAR IN SIERRALEONE AND LIBERIA.

THANK GOODNESS WE ARE THERE, 500STAFF DEPLOYED TO FIGHT

THE EBOLA VIRUS WHICH IS VERYDANGEROUS, KILLED AT LEAST 5,000

PEOPLE.

THE SITUATION THERE IS MANYTIMES WORSE THAN THE OFFICIAL

FIGURES SUGGEST.

>> Stephen: BUT WHY SHOULD WELET GUYS LIKE YOU WHO GO OVER

THERE TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE-- ANDTHAT'S GREAT-- TO GO OVER THERE

AND HELP THOSE PEOPLE, WHYSHOULD WE LET YOU BACK INTO

WESTERN COUNTRIES THAT DON'THAVE EBOLA.

AREN'T YOU A DISEASE VECTOR NOW?

>> I'M NOT.

IT'S A REASONABLE QUESTION ANDLET ME ANSWER WHY. I DIDN'T GO

THERE TO SEE PATIENTS. I WENTTHERE TO MEET OUR

STAFF, TO SUPPORT THE WORKTHEY'RE DOING TO, MEET THE

GOVERNMENTS THERE, TALK ABOUTWHAT THEY'RE DOING, SO I COULD

COME BACK HERE AND GIVE PEOPLETHE REAL FACTS ABOUT THE

SITUATION.

WHICH IS THAT WHILE THESITUATION THERE IS MANY TIMES

WORSE THAN THE OFFICIAL FIGURESSUGGEST, THE SITUATION HERE IS

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, AND MANYTIMES BETTER THAN THE GENERAL

LEVEL OF HYSTERIA THAT YOU'VEHEARD IN THE MEDIA AND

ELSEWHERE.

>> Stephen: NOW THAT YOU'RE INTHE UNITED STATES AND YOU'VE

SEEN OUR SITUATION HERE, HOWLONG BEFORE WE CAN GO BACK

OUTSIDE AND GO BOWLING AND STUFFLIKE THAT?

( LAUGHTER ).

>> I WOULD LOVE TO GO BOWLINGWITH YOU.

GIVE ME THE DATE.

>> Stephen: WE CAN'T GOBOWLING BECAUSE THE GUY IN NEW

YORK HE WENT BOWLING HERE IN NEWYORK.

HE DID, HE WENT E-BOWLING.

HE WENT E-BOWLING AND I CAN'TPUT MY HAND OVER THAT LITTLE

BLOWER.

>> HE DIDN'T LEAVE ANY EBOLA INTHE BOWLING BALL.

I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT.

>> Stephen: IS THIS ALL YOUGUYS DO IS EBOLA?

WHAT IS YOUR FOCUS?

>> OUR FOCUS IS WHEREVER THEREIS WAR, CONFLICTS AND DISASTER

WE GO THERE WITHIN 72 HOURS TOHELP ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, WATER

AND SANITATION AND EVENTUALLY,BECAUSE THESE CIVIL WARS GO ON

FOR YEARS, HELP PEOPLE WITHECONOMIC LIVELIHOOD TO STAND ON

THEIR OWN FEET IN THE MIDST OFTERRIBLE CONFLICTS.

AND I'M VERY, VERY PROUD THAT WEGOT 12,000 STAFF AROUND THE

WORLD, AMERICANS, BUT ALSOMAINLY PEOPLE FROM THOSE

COUNTRIES, WHETHER IT'S HELPINGWITH EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN,

WHETHER IT'S GETTING MEDICALSUPPLIES INTO SYRIA.

THESE ARE LOCAL PEOPLE WHO WE'REEMPLOYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

IN THE MOST WAR-TORN, MOSTVULNERABLE, THE MOST DANGEROUS

PARTS OF THE WORLD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THE MOSTWAR-TORN, MOST DANGEROUS PART OF

THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?

>> AT THE MOMENT IT'S SYRIA.

IT'S A COUNTRY OF 22 MILLIONPEOPLE.

10.6 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEENDISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES.

THREE MILLION REFUGEES IN THENEIGHBORING COUNTRIES.

IN JORDAN, YOUR SECOND CLOSESTALLY IN THE REGION, COUNTRY OF

SIX MILLION PEOPLE, OVER AMILLION REFUGEES.

THAT'S LIKE THE WHOLE OF BRITAINCOMING TO AMERICA.

JUST IMAGINE -->> Stephen: THEY TRIED THAT

AND WE KICKED THEIR ASS.

>> EXACTLY.

( APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: GLOBALLY, HOW MANY

REFUGEES ARE THERE OUT THERERIGHT NOW?

>> EVERY FOUR SECONDS A PERSONIS DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOME,

WHETHER INSIDE THEIR OWN COUNTRYOR OVER A BORDER, 52 MILLION

PEOPLE LAST YEAR.

A WORLD RECORD.

WORLD RECORD.

>> Stephen: WHAT IF THEY ALLCONVERTED TO JUDAISM?

DOESN'T ISRAEL HAVE TO TAKETHEM?

>> THE TRAGEDY IT IS A LOT ARELEFT IN REFUGEE CAMPS, IN URBAN

AREAS, LEFT IN LIMBO.

THEY'RE ALMOST LEFT WITHOUT AFUTURE AT ALL AND OUR JOB IS TO

MAKE SURE WE GIVE THEM A MODICUMOF DIGNITY, WE HELP THEM

SURVIVE.

WE HELP THEM TRY AND GAIN SOMECONTROL OVER THEIR SHATTERED

LIVES.

>> Stephen: THAT SOUNDS LIKEIT COULD BE A DANGEROUS JOB AT

TIMES.

>> IT'S VERY DANGEROUS.

AND THE COURAGE, ONE OF THE MOSTINSPIRING THINGS THAT I'VE SEEN

OVER LAST YEAR, I'VE BEEN INTHIS JOB FOR ABOUT A YEAR, THE

MOST INSPIRING THING IS THECOURAGE OF OUR FRONT LINE

WORKERS WHO SAY EVEN WHEN THEIRCOLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN KILLED,

WE'VE HAD TRAGICALLY EARLIERTHIS YEAR IN SOUTH SUDAN, THE

FAMINE SITUATION ON THE HORIZON,WE HAD TWO PEOPLE KILLED, TWO OF

OUR STAFF KILLED, EVEN THOUGHTHEY WERE INSIDE A U.N.

COMPOUND.

AND I WENT TO VISIT SOME OF THESURVIVORS, AND THE-- A WOMAN IN

CHARGE OF OUR TEAM IN SOUTHSUDAN HAD JUST COME BACK FROM

VISITING HER FAMILY IN UGANDA,AND SHE SAID TO ME, "I'M

DETERMINED TO COME BACK BECAUSETHESE PEOPLE HERE DESERVE SOME

HELP."

AND THAT'S THE KIND OF PEOPLEWHO ARE WORKING FOR US.

AND THAT'S THE KIND OF PEOPLE ITHINK MAKE A DIFFERENCE AROUND

THE WORLD.

>> Stephen: WELL, IF YOU DODECIDE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF

THE UNITED STATES, YOU HAVE MYSUPPORT.

>> WILL THE COLBERT NATIONBECOME PART OF RESCUE NATION?

>> Stephen: OR THAT'S ANINTERESTING THING.

THE SHOW IS ENDING IN DECEMBER.

THE COLBERT NATION NEEDSSOMETHING TO DO.

WHAT IF THEY BECAME PART OFRESCUE NATION?

>> TAG UP AT THE I.R.C., VISITRESCUE.ORG, THE WEB SITE, JOIN

THE EFFORT TO REALLY MAKE ADIFFERENCE AROUND THE WORLD.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, DAVID.

DAVID MILIBAND, INTERNATIONALRESCUE COMMITTEE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANK YOU.