JORDAN / CHOPRA SYRIAN REFUGEES

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week where she met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict. UNICEF
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STORY: JORDAN / CHOPRA SYRIAN REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2017, AMMAN, JORDAN / 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN

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11 SEPTEMBER 2017, AMMAN, JORDAN

1. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra walks into UNICEF Makaani Center
2. Med shot, Priyanka Chopra talks to children in UNICEF Makaani Center
3. Med shot, Priyanka Chopra talks to children in UNICEF Makaani Center
4. Med shot, young girl in UNICEF Makaani Center
5. Med shot, Priyanka Chopra talks to children in UNICEF Makaani Center
6. Med shot, Priyanka Chopra talks to children in UNICEF Makaani Center
7. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra enters home of a Syrian refugee family in a host community
8. Med shot, Priyanka Chopra plays with the youngest child of the family
9. Med shot, Priyanka Chopra plays with the youngest child of the family
10. Close up, one of the children
11. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra plays with the children
12. Med shot, Priyanka Chopra plays with the children
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Priyanka Chopra, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador:
“What do you say to a family that just doesn’t see any hope of going back to their home, and not their home, but their country? And even if they do, after a war like the war that’s happened in Syria, it will take decades for them to rebuild again.”

12 SEPTEMBER 2017, ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN

14. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra walking to the classroom
15. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra entering classroom
16. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra interacting with the children in classroom
17. Med shot, children in the classroom
18. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra dancing with children in classroom
19. Wide shot, Priyanka Chopra dancing with children in classroom
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Priyanka Chopra, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador:
“There is such a need and an importance that they understand and they’re so determined to not lose their education, to remain literate. They have dreams. They have hopes. And I know the world is so aware of this crisis and this emergency and I know everyone out there has seen the millions of photos, that we’ve all seen on the internet and on the news. But what we don’t see and what we don’t remember most of the time is that these kids are still here.”

STORYLINE:

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week where she met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict.

On the first day, Chopra visited a UNICEF supported Makani (which means "My Space" in Arabic) centre in a host community in Amman. She met nine-year-old Wardshan and her eight-year-old sister Ayat. Both of them had recently started school again after a gap of two years due to the family not having proper documentation.

She said, “What do you say to a family that just doesn’t see any hope of going back to their home, and not their home, but their country? And even if they do, after a war like the war that’s happened in Syria, it will take decades for them to rebuild again.”

With thousands of Syrian children out of school, the Ministry of Education and UNICEF are mobilizing Makani centres across the country to help girls and boys enroll back in school, in addition to providing learning support, psychosocial care and life skills training.

Chopra later visited the two young girls' home, and learned of the various struggles many refugee families face daily. Their father is a laborer, working odd jobs when available earning about 200 Jordanian Dinars (approx. USD280) which is equal to their monthly rent. Their oldest brother, Saleh, 10, also supplements the family income doing backbreaking work at a local supermarket for 2 JD a day (less than USD3), and does not go to school as a result.

Chopra visited the Za’atari refugee camp on the second day, meeting girls at a UNICEF-supported school and two Makani centres that provide psychosocial support services to both young boys involved in child labour and young girls who are survivors of child marriage. There are currently about 21,000 children enrolled in the 14 school complexes in Zaatari. Although there are seats available for every child in the camp, the enrolment is about 73 percent due to child marriages and child labour.

Chopra said, “There is such a need and an importance that they understand and they’re so determined to not lose their education, to remain literate. They have dreams. They have hopes. And I know the world is so aware of this crisis and this emergency and I know everyone out there has seen the millions of photos, that we’ve all seen on the internet and on the news. But what we don’t see and what we don’t remember most of the time is that these kids are still here.”

With a population of around 80,000, Za’atari is one of the largest Syrian refugee camps in the world, and is considered the fourth largest city in Jordan. Families live in caravans in a harsh desert area with freezing temperatures in the winter and extreme heat in the summer. UNICEF and partners are providing life-saving support through vaccinations, medicines, clean water, sanitation, and opportunities for children and youth to get an education and learn skills for their future.

The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Countries neighboring Syria are hosting over 5 million registered Syrian refugees, including nearly 2.5 million children. Now in its seventh year, over 8 million children inside Syria and in neighboring countries, including Jordan, need humanitarian assistance. UNICEF is working with partners to provide them with access to clean water, health and nutrition, as well as the education and protection that will help them to grow and thrive.

Jordan is today the second largest refugee-hosting country in the world when compared to the size of its population. The humanitarian crisis has placed additional pressure on Jordan’s scarce resources and is straining national institutions responsible for delivering social services.

UNICEF has been calling for an end to the cycle of violence in Syria along with further steps to keep children impacted by the conflict safe, and to provide them with psychosocial support and continued access to education for them to rebuild their lives for a better future.
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