SYRIA / HOMS CHILDREN

15-Mar-2016 00:02:12
After five years of conflict that destroyed their spacious children’s home in Wa’ar, dozens of orphaned and abandoned children had to relocate to a small former hotel in nearby Homs. UNHCR
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STORY: SYRIA / HOMS CHILDREN
TRT: 2:12
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 16, 17 FEBRUARY 2016 HOMS, SYRIA
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, destroyed buildings in Wadi al-Sayeh
2. Med shot, destroyed mosque dome
3. Wide shot, Khalidiya area of Old Homs
4. Med shot, damaged roof tops
5.Wide of hotel turned shelter for children’s home
6.Various shots, children studying inside hotel
7.Off camera voice (Arabic): What’s your name?
Farah, Orphan: IFarah”
Off camera voice (Arabic): How old are you?
Farah, Orphan (Arabic) “I am five years old.”
8.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Farah, Orphan:
“I remember when they hit the orphanage and then we packed our stuff and came to this hotel.”
9.Various shots, Farah playing with toys inside her room
10.Close up, Farah smiling
11.SOUNDUP (Arabic): “What do you know in English?”
Farah, Orphan: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10”
12.Med shot, Farah queuing in the corridor with other children to go to breakfast
13.Med shot, Farah taking the hand of another child
14.Wide shot, children eating in canteen in the hotel
15.Close up, girl eating her meal
16.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bodour, Orphanage Manager:
“They want to put children in orphanage but we have no capacity.”
17.Various shots, of children eating
18.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bodour, Orphanage Manager:
“I get very upset. I wish we could take in all the people who come to us. And they really are in need.”
19.Med shot, Razan and her friend eating
20.Close up, Razan
21.Med shot, Razan and her friend walking in the corridor
22.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Razan, Orphan:
“My future would be lost outside this home. They give us everything we need. I have massive hopes to become a detective to bring justice.”
23.Med shot, Razan playing with child
24.Close up, Razan playing with child
25.Various shots, children (including Farah) playing together
STORYLINE
It is hard to see signs of hope after five years of war.

This once abandoned hotel, now a packed shelter for children of all ages. Some orphaned, some abandoned, all displaced by the Syrian conflict.

Off camera voice (Arabic): How old are you?
Farah, Orphan (Arabic) “I am five years old.”

The bombing of their previous children’s home led them here to an abandoned hotel, now a children’s shelter.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Farah,Orphan:
“My name is Farah. I am five years old. I remember when they hit the orphanage and then we packed our stuff and came to this hotel. I was scared.”

Farah was born at the beginning of the war. At age two she was orphaned, rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a bomb attack. She lost her entire family.

SOUNDUP: “What do you know in English?”
(Farah, Orphan): “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10”

The shelter has a waiting list of 48 children. It currently survives on donations. Filled to capacity, children are turned away daily.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bodour, Orphanage Manager:
“They want to put children in orphanage but we have no capacity.”

The shelter has limited dormitories, no playgrounds or classroom. Bodour says it’s difficult.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bodour, Orphanage Manager:
“I get very upset, I wish we could take in all the people who come to us. And they really are in need.”

And some have been here for the duration. Sixteen-year-old Razan has been in the home’s care since she was young. Her memories of war are vivid, but she is full of ambition and hope.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Razan,Orphan:
“My future would be lost outside this home. They give us everything we need. I have massive hopes to become a detective to bring justice.”

For children like Razan and Farah, war is all they have known. They belong to a generation shaped by Syrian conflict. Yet, they still seem to have one thing that has not been taken away from them. Hope.
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