GENEVA / MIGRANT CHILDREN

26-Aug-2016 00:02:05
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that due to a sudden increase of arrivals, hundreds more refugee and migrant children are stranded in Greece. There is an urgent need to provide them an education. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / MIGRANT CHILDREN
TRT: 02:05
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 AUGUST 2016, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, exterior, the Palais des Nations, Geneva

26 AUGUST 2016, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“38 percent to 40 percent of those they are children, of which 2,250 are unaccompanied, who are currently in Greece and of course, the concerns for them, I heard many distressing tales of exposure to violence, concerns around their exploitation and so on. So again, a very critical need to get them into school, to get them learning.”
4. Close up, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“Most importantly, this new influx comes at a time when Greece itself is really struggling to cope with its own economic challenges, public services has been cut back, and of course, the influx has created an additional challenge to the system. Child protection systems, community services are overwhelmed.”
6. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“There is a real sense that children are facing a double crisis because they are stranded in Greece, they are not able to move on, and now they have growing needs of education, health and so on.”
8. Close up, journalist typing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“We will be developing infrastructures including 11 container classrooms and the most effective tool at a time like this for children who are in limbo, stranded, exposed to risks, is really a sense of stability, getting children into the routine of class room work, into the routine of learning and into the routine of activities and basically getting their lives back, having a sense of a future.”
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11. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today (26 Aug) warned that due to a sudden increase of arrivals, hundreds more refugee and migrant children are becoming stranded in Greece. About 2,250 of the children are unaccompanied in Greece.

UNICEF Spokesperson Sarah Crowe told reporters in Geneva that 38 percent to 40 percent of those arriving are children, "of which 2,250 are unaccompanied, who are currently in Greece.”

She added "I heard many distressing tales of exposure to violence, concerns around their exploitation and so on. So again, a very critical need to get them into school, to get them learning.”

Noting that the new influx comes at a time when Greece is facing its own economic challenges, Crowe said “public service has been cut back, and of course, the influx has created an additional challenge to the system. Child protection systems, community services are overwhelmed.”

Saying the children are facing a “double crisis”, she explained “they are stranded in Greece, they are not able to move on, and now they have growing needs of education, health and so on.”

On UNICEF’s work for the children who are in limbo, Crowe said “we will be developing infrastructures including 11 container classrooms and the most effective tool at a time like this for children who are in limbo, stranded, exposed to risks, is really a sense of stability, getting children into the routine of class room work, into the routine of learning and into the routine of activities and basically getting their lives back, having a sense of a future.”

In the first 3 weeks of August this year, there have been 2,289 people arrived in Greece, compare with 1,920 people during the entire month of July.

Many of the children are coming from conflict torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and have lost years of schooling and are held back yet again.
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