DRC / CAR REFUGEES

12-Jan-2018 00:01:50
Over 60,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) , have fled across the Ubangi River to a remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since fighting erupted in May 2017. UNHCR
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STORY: DRC / CAR REFUGEES
TRT: 01:49
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE:

28 NOVEMBER 2017, KPAPKO REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO / 30 NOVEMBER 2017, KPAPKO REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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1. Wide shot, Jude-Elie and other refugees canoeing in Ubangi River
2. Close up, Jude-Elie’s oar as he canoes in Ubangi River
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Jude-Elie Zoumi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“All the way up to that mountain there, there isn’t a single person left. Everyone has fled to the Congo.”
4. Various shots, refugees canoeing in the Ubangi River, CAR in the background
5. Med shot, Jude-Ellie Zoumi is being interviewed
6. Close up, Jude Ellie’s face
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Jude-Elie Zoumi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“My house was near that mountain there. Everything was burned to the ground.”
8. Various shots, Jean-Pierre canoeing in the Ubangi River
9. Med shot, Jean-Pierre Rondossi is being interviewed
10. Various, Jean-Pierre paddling in his canoe
11. Wide shot, refugees canoeing in the Ubangi river
12. Wide shot, refugees standing on the banks of the Ubangi River, CAR in the distance
13. Wide shot, canoes and fishermen in the Ubangi River
14. Med shot, Jean-Pierre is silhouetted as he throws his net into the Ubangi River
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Rondossi, Central African Republic Refugee: Fishing is the source of our life here in Kpakpo. If the fishermen weren’t here, how would we survive?”
16. Med shot, Jean-Pierre Rondossi is being interviewed
17. Various shots, refugee fishing in the Ubangi River
18. Wide shot, Kpapko refugee settlement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
19. Close up, refugee child drinking water
20. Various shots, refugee women working in a field in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
21. Various shots, Germaine Kwalet working in a field in the DRC
22. Various shots of refugees on the banks of the Ubangi River
STORYLINE
Hundreds of towns and villages in southeast Central African Republic are now empty.

Over 60,000 refugees have fled across this narrow stretch of water to DR Congo since fighting erupted in May.

44-year-old Jude-Elie is one of them.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jude-Elie Zoumi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“All the way up to that mountain there, there isn’t a single person left. Everyone has fled to the Congo.”

The flight to safety can be treacherous.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jude-Elie Zoumi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“My house was near that mountain there. Everything was burned to the ground.”

Jean-Pierre escaped the violence that destroyed his village with his wife and 4 children.

Their old home in CAR is now a mere 10-minute canoe ride away.

The entire population of Jean-Pierre’s village, Wapale, has found refuge in this remote part of the Congo.

But food and water are scarce.

The entire village now depends on Ubangi River for their survival.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Rondossi, Central African Republic Refugee:
"Fishing is the source of our life here in Kpakpo. If the fishermen weren’t here, how would we survive?”

But families can’t survive on fishing alone.

Most women have resorted to day labor to help support their families.

Toiling in the fields for just 30 cents a day.

The villagers now face an uncertain future, longing for an end to the conflict and the chance to return to their homes on the other side of the river.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, continues to register new arrivals and has provided essential relief items like plastic sheeting, buckets and sleeping mats to refugees. But despite over 500,000 CAR refugees spread across the region, the crisis remains the most underfunded in the world, making it a challenge to help CAR refugees who have been displaced for years, as well those continuing to flee.
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