GENEVA / KOBANE REFUGEES WRAP

10-Oct-2014 00:03:38
Syrian Kurdish refugees fleeing fighting around the Syrian border town of Kobane have told UNHCR officials about atrocities carried out by ISIL militants. UNTV CH / UNHCR
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STORY: GENEVA / KOBANE REFUGEES WRAP
TRT: 3.38
SOURCE: UNTV CH / UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC /NATS
DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2014 GENEVA SWITZERLAND / RECENT
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UNTV - 10 OCTOBER 2014 GENEVA SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesman:
"The refugees at Gawilan camp told UNHCR of the journeys they had made from Syria to safety in Turkey, with several accounts of people being killed or maimed by land mines. To enter the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, people waded across rivers. Others paid smugglers US$250 to get through the informal border crossing at Silopi, near Zakho. People have been reporting to us executions and other atrocities by ISIS fighters. One man said he had fled his village because people taken captive were being beheaded. Another said he was held prisoner after being sentenced to death in a makeshift court set up in a school in the town of Manbij. He told UNHCR that some 400 prisoners were held in this former school - 100 people per classroom. They were beaten with leather belts daily. He reported witnessing seven men who had been sentenced the same day being beheaded in front of him, and was due to be executed on 28 September. He managed to escape, with others when the school was hit by bombs, and were horrified to see human heads mounted on the fence of the main park in the town for others to see. This man still fears for the safety of his wife and children whose whereabouts currently are unknown to him."
4. Pan left, press room

UNHCR – 25, 26 SEPTEMBER 2014, URFA, SURUÇ, TURKEY

5. Various shots, Syrian refuges crossing into Turkey
6. Pan right, tent where Faysal and his family live
7. Close up, Faysal and his daughter
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Faysal, Syrian refugee:
“We saw with our eyes how they are killing children, kidnapping of women and selling them in markets. What kind of person does this? And they call us unbelievers? I want them to explain to me what an unbeliever is. They tell us, we have forgotten our religion, but they are the ones who have misinterpreted religion, not us.”
9. Wide shot, town across the border
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Faysal, Syrian refugee:
¨In Syria before we never noticed if someone was Kurdish, Arab, Christian or Armenian. After the war we became a sectarian society, we became Druze, Kurdish, Alawite, Christian. Then ISIS came and they want to make an Islamic caliphate in Syria, but this is impossible because in Syria we are a pluralistic society. All the religions of the world are there.¨
11. Wide shot, refugees passing in front of Turkish tank
STORYLINE
Syrian Kurdish refugees fleeing fighting around the Syrian border town of Kobane have told UNHCR officials about atrocities carried out by ISIL militants.

UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva Friday refugees spoke of people being killed or maimed by landmines.

To enter the Kurdistan region of Iraq, people waded across rivers or paid smugglers to get through an informal border crossing.

One man said he had fled his village because captives were being beheaded. Another spoke of his imprisonment in a school where people were beaten daily with leather belts, beheaded and their heads mounted on the fence in the main park. He escaped execution when the school was hit by bombs and he ran away.

Syrians fleeing the battle continued to pour over the border crossings in fear for their lives, bringing numbers up to 170,000 in just over two weeks, according to Turkish officials.

Faysal was a government official in Kobane and his wife Dawlat a school teacher.

For the last three years they have watched the conflict unfold in front of them, from the relative quiet of Kobane.

But their lives changed last week when ISIS got within ten kilometres from Kobane.

Afraid for the safety of their children, they joined the thousands of refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring Turkey.

He witnessed firsthand the atrocities committed by militants.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Faysal, Syrian refugee:
“We saw with our eyes how they are killing children, kidnapping of women and selling them in markets. What kind of person does this? And they call us unbelievers? I want them to explain to me what an unbeliever is. They tell us, we have forgotten our religion, but they are the ones who have misinterpreted religion, not us.”

Faysal was eventually able to get his mother across, but his brother remains in Kobane. They now live in a tent provided by the Turkish authorities.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Faysal, Syrian refugee:
¨In Syria before we never noticed if someone was Kurdish, Arab, Christian or Armenian. After the war we became a sectarian society, we became Druze, Kurdish, Alawite, Christian. Then ISIS came and they want to make an Islamic caliphate in Syria, but this is impossible because in Syria we are a pluralistic society. All the religions of the world are there.¨

Turkish government officials said that while the vast majority of more than 172,500 Syrians fled in the first few days of the influx, a steady stream continues with average daily arrivals of about 570 people over the past few days through the Yumurtalik border crossing.

Many of the refugees are staying with host communities and the government and aid agencies are working with village leaders to distribute aid to refugees and host families. Other refugees are staying in various collective shelters managed by Turkish authorities, such as schools, markets, sports centres, wedding halls, mosques and various other transit shelters.
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