NIGER / REFUGEES HIV

09-Aug-2017 00:01:57
Pelaguie and Moké-Ekané met 16 years ago as refugees at a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) office in Cameroon. Along with their two daughters, the couple now struggles to survive in one of Africa’s poorest countries while infected with HIV. UNHCR
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STORY: NIGER / REFUGEES HIV
TRT: 01:57
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 27-31 JULY 2017, NIAMEY, NIGER
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27-31 JULY 2017, NIAMEY, NIGER

1. Rack focus, Pelaguie and Moké-Ekané
2. Med shot, Pelaguie and Moké-Ekané laughing
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Moké-Ekané, Congolese refugee:
“Thank God I saw her at the UNHCR office. She looked so sad. And I asked her why, and she told me everything about her life. I said: ‘Look at me. That’s just the way it is. I like you.’ And from then on we stayed together.”
4. Close up, Pelaguie
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Pelaguie, Central African Republic refugee:
“My first husband was captain of the military police. He was killed in front of our house because of it. My little sister and I – when I think about it, it all comes back –they raped my sister and me.”
6. Med shot, back of Moké-Ekané looking as his political party membership card
7. Med shot, Moké-Ekané looking as his political party membership card
8. Various shots, Pelaguie braiding daughter Ornella’s hair
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Moké-Ekané, Congolese refugee:
“We pray to God that peace will come to our country, and that we can go home again. It takes so long. But we want to live with dignity. We don’t live with dignity.”
10. Pan right, Daughter Dorcas entering house
11. Various shots, Dorcas writing on chalkboard
STORYLINE
Pelaguie and Moké-Ekané met 16 years ago as refugees at a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) office in Cameroon. Along with their two daughters, the couple now struggles to survive in one of Africa’s poorest countries while infected with HIV.

SOUNDBITE (French) Moké-Ekané, Congolese refugee:
“Thank God I saw her at the UNHCR office. She looked so sad. And I asked her why, and she told me everything about her life. I said: ‘Look at me. That’s just the way it is. I like you.’ And from then on we stayed together.”

Niger plays host to more than 160,000 refugees within its largely desert territory, most of whom have fled violence in neighbouring Mali and Nigeria and live in areas near the borders of those countries. In the capital Niamey, a much smaller group of West and Central African refugees live amongst the local population.

Pelaguie fled her home in Central African Republic.

SOUNDBITE (French) Pelaguie, Central African Republic refugee:
“My first husband was captain of the military police. He was killed in front of our house because of it. My little sister and I – when I think about it, it all comes back –they raped my sister and me.”

Moké-Ekané was the chauffeur of a powerful politician in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When their car was ambushed, he escaped with his life. The couple first moved from Cameroon to Nigeria and finally to Niger.

Here, their family have access to UNHCR’s centre for urban refugees AND to life-saving drugs at the public hospital. Niger offers free treatment for those living with HIV and AIDS.

The treatment is a lifeline for their daughters and holds out the hope that they may survive to see a cure for their condition.

Though as refugees they have the right to work in Niger, many say employment is hard to find in such a poor country, and long for the stability and safety that would allow them to finally go home.

SOUNDBITE (French) Moké-Ekané, Congolese refugee:
“We pray to God that peace will come to our country, and that we can go home again. It takes so long. But we want to live with dignity. We don’t live with dignity.”

Niger ranks second-to-last, at 187th out of 188 spots, on the UNDP Human Development Index. Forty-six percent of the population lives on less than 1.90 USD per day.
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