IRAQ / SYRIAN REFUGEES

16-Mar-2017 00:02:55
Six years since the start of the Syrian conflict, life is getting increasingly tough for Syrian refugees in Iraq. More than 4,300 families in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are hoping to move from substandard low-rent homes in villages and towns to UNHCR-supported refugee camps, most of these camps are full and only limited numbers of the most vulnerable families will be able to make the move. UNHCR
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STORY: IRAQ / SYRIAN REFUGEES
TRT: 03:22
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
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DATELINE: 08 -10 FEBRUARY 2017, ERBIL, IRAQ
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08 -10 FEBRUARY 2017, ERBIL, IRAQ

1. Wide shot, unfinished house
2. Various shots, Ahmad and family using stove for heat
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmad, Syrian refugee:
“We pay a rent of 200,000 Dinars every month. When the beginning of the month comes say ‘Oh Lord, how are we going to pay this?’”
4. Med shot, Ahmad walking in a field
5. Close up, Ahmad looking at field
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmad, Syrian refugee:
“When I work, I make 10,000 Dinars a day. 10,000 is about 7.5 dollars a day. It is not enough for us. It’s not enough for the kids’ expenses, their clothes and shoes for example. The kids can’t go to school. There is no school here. We want to go to the camp maybe God will give us some relief. ”
7. Wide shot, Ahmad’s daughter folding blanket
8. Wide shot, Ahmad’s daughter entering house
9. Various shots, family packing their belongings
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Othman Othman, FIELD ASSOCIATE, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Due to the limited capacity of the camps and the unavailability of funds, we are only able to select the most vulnerable families.”
11. Various shots, Qushatapa camp
12. Close up, Ahmad carrying table out of house
13. Wide shot, Ahmad loading belongings onto truck
14. Wide shot, Ahmad and Othman walking through camp
15. Various shots, Ahmad checking new tent
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmad, Syrian refugee:
“We feel at ease. They gave us everything. We were given mattresses, blankets, and a stove. Thank God we are comfortable.”
17. Various shots, Ahmad and family sitting around stove in tent
18. Wide shot, Ahmad moving belongings into tent
19. Med shot, Ahmad’s wife holding daughter
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Six years since the start of the Syrian conflict, life is getting increasingly tough for Syrian refugees in Iraq. More than 4,300 families in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are hoping to move from substandard low-rent homes in villages and towns to UNHCR-supported refugee camps, most of these camps are full and only limited numbers of the most vulnerable families will be able to make the move.

Ahmad and his family of nine live in this unfinished house on the outskirts of Erbil. They sought refuge here from the Syrian town of Kobane, but Ahmad said the living conditions were becoming increasingly tough.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmad, Syrian refugee:
“We pay a rent of 200,000 Dinars every month. When the beginning of the month comes say ‘Oh Lord, how are we going to pay this?’”

Ahmad has been working as a farmer on land nearby. He said work was not available every day, but even when he works, the wage is simply not enough.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmad, Syrian refugee:
“When I work, I make 10,000 Dinars a day. 10,000 is about 7.5 dollars a day. It is not enough for us. It’s not enough for the kids’ expenses, their clothes and shoes for example. The kids can’t go to school. There is no school here. We want to go to the camp maybe God will give us some relief. ”

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said more than 800 families in Erbil governorate alone were on waiting lists to move into camps this year. UNHCR Field Associate Othman Othman said vulnerable families were unable to continue their lives outside the camp as jobs were scarce as a result of an economic crisis hitting the region.

SOUNDBITE (English) Othman Othman, FIELD ASSOCIATE, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Due to the limited capacity of the camps and the unavailability of funds, we are only able to select the most vulnerable families.”

Ahmad’s family was selected to move to the Qushtapa camp. Coming here was Ahmad’s last resort.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmad, Syrian refugee:
“We feel at ease. They gave us everything. We were given mattresses, blankets, and a stove. Thank God we are comfortable.”

UNHCR said refugee families in Iraq were running out of hope. The Agency said support was much needed to help them stay self-reliant outside camps, and to find better opportunities in the future.
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