SYRIA / YARMOUK VISIT

13-Apr-2015 00:02:23
Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA visited Palestinian refugees displaced  from Yarmouk refugee camp in  Syria  Sunday. UNRWA
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STORY: SYRIA / YARMOUK VISIT
TRT: 3:23
SOURCE: UNRWA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2015, YARMOUK CAMP, SYRIA
SHOTLIST
1. UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl entering classroom in school in the Tadamoun neighbourhood, where displaced Palestinians from Yarmouk have sought refuge
2. Displaced persons from Yarmouk in classroom

3. Lady with child in classroom

4. Ladies listening to UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl

5. Krähenbühl talking to lady from Yarmouk

6. SOUNDBITE: Lady from Yarmouk (Arabic): We got out with only our clothes that we were wearing. Thank you very much.

7. Two ladies from Yarmouk in classroom

8. Women and children from Yarmouk in classroom
9. Women and children from Yarmouk in classroom
10. Krähenbühl with lady and baby
11. Close-up of baby
12. Krähenbühl with lady and baby
13. Old man from Yarmouk getting up on his feet

14. Krähenbühl with man from Yarmouk in classroom in Damascus Tadamoun neighbourhood

15. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Man from Yarmouk: We lived inside a disaster. We were dying there. Two years and six months. No water, no electricity.
16. Women and children from Yarmouk in classroom

17. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Man from Yarmouk:
We got out just as you see us, with nothing else. We ate animals and leaves.

18. Little child from Yarmouk in classroom

19. UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl with man from Yarmouk in classroom.

20. SOUNDBITE (English) UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl: What I have to tell you in return is my deepest admiration for the strength that you have shown.

21. Little child from Yarmouk in classroom

22. SOUNDBITE (English) UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl: This very difficult situation for you to make sure that the basic issues that you have to deal with are covered, the basic needs are covered.

23. Children from Yarmouk on floor in classroom

24. SOUNDBITE: UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl (English):
And you can count on our determination to be here and to stand with you.

25. Lady from Yarmouk with baby

26. SOUNDBITE (English) UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl: But I will never forget while I am standing here with you and listening to what you say that nobody should have to live a life like this. Nobody should have to go through this hardship and difficulty. Nobody should see this situation as anybody's future. This is not, I hope, your future. I hope your future brings something better. In the meantime we will stand with you.

27. UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl among displaced persons from Yarmouk in classroom

28. SOUNDBITE (English) UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl: As you know, UNRWA has worked so closely with you as a community to make sure that education is at the centre of y our identity, of your pride, developing knowledge and skills for the future of the generations that are there. You can be sure that as soon as we see an opportunity we want to get that started again.
29. Cutaway, Commissioner with mother and baby

30. SOUNDBITE (English) UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl: It's very important to come and see the situation for oneself. I think we were so shocked and so worried about the situation for civilians in Yarmouk after the events that happened on the first of April and all of the intensification of the conflict that took place because of the presence of armed groups inside. So we had to call on the world but also call on all actors who are able to influence the situation for civilians inside to mobilize. We really felt that it was clearly important to say that much more has to be done to ensure the respect for civilians and to make sure they are safe inside the camp. We of course also hope we will be able to assist people who have decided or who need to stay inside. But then of course it's very important for those who wish to leave to be able to do so safely.
31. Close up, baby crawling
STORYLINE
Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) visited Syria in coordination with the Office of the UN Secretary-General. The visit is prompted by UNRWA’s deepening concerns for the safety and protection of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children, as Yarmouk remains under the control of armed groups, and as civilian lives continue to be threatened by the effects of the armed conflict in the area.

Krähenbühl met on Sunday 12 April with civilians temporarily displaced last week by the recent escalation. He visited a government school in the Tadamoun which is serving as temporary accommodation for displaced from Yarmouk. Tadamoun is a neighbourhood on the eastern border of Yarmouk.

In conversation with Palestine refugees displaced by recent events in Yarmouk, the Commissioner General said, “Once again, I am deeply moved by the dignity of Palestine refugees in the face of adversity. More than ever UNRWA will stand by Palestine refugees in this most critical time."

In a subsequent meeting with the Director-General of the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR), Syrian authorities' continued support for UNRWA's work was reaffirmed. UNRWA Commissioner General explored with GAPAR available options to enhance and sustain the humanitarian response to the evolving options to the situation in Yarmouk and in other Palestinian communities across Syria.

The Commissioner-General also consulted with ICRC on a range of humanitarian issues of mutual interest, including the situation in Yakda, Babila, and Beit Sahem south of Yarmouk. UNRWA continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilians from Yarmouk who remain displaced in Tadamoun, and distributed kitchen sets to all families today.

The Agency commenced provision of daily hot lunches for all civilians, complemented by regular distribution of canned food. The intensity of armed conflict in and to the south of Yarmouk remains high, though it has reportedly decreased over the past days. UNRWA remains concerns that without access, the most basic humanitarian needs of up to 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children, continue to be left unmet. UNRWA demands all parties to respect, and comply with, their obligations to protect civilians and demands the establishment of secure conditions under which the Agency can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance.

After meeting with displaced from Yarmouk and having listened to their stories, Krähenbühl said: “It's very important to come and see the situation for oneself. I think we were so shocked and so worried about the situation for civilians in Yarmouk after the events that happened on the first of April and all of the intensification of the conflict that took place because of the presence of armed groups inside. So we had to call on the world but also call on all actors who are able to influence the situation for civilians inside to mobilize. We really felt that it was clearly important to say that much more has to be done to ensure the respect for civilians and to make sure they are safe inside the camp. We of course also hope we will be able to assist people who have decided or who need to stay inside. But then of course it's very important for those who wish to leave to be able to do so safely.
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