PAKISTAN / SCHOOL REFUGEE SHELTER

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15-Aug-2014 00:02:08
Over 1,000 schools have become temporary homes to people from North Waziristan displaced after the Pakistan Army launched a full-scale military operation to clear out militants based there. These buildings lack appropriate facilities and many families are living in cramped, crowded and unhygienic conditions. 19 August is World Humanitarian Day.  UNIC PAKISTAN

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STORY: PAKISTAN / SCHOOL REFUGEE SHELTER
TRT: 2.08
SOURCE: UNIC PAKISTAN
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT, BANNU, PAKISTAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, school exterior
2. Med shot, kids sitting in front of school signboard
3. Various shots, women living in classroom
4. Med shot, water cooler, buckets and desks
5. Wide shot, bed and desks outside classroom
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“You see this chair; this was damaged by the IDPs. This chair, this arm is broken. This door, this door is completely broken.
7. Various shots, broken desks
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“I am worried for the school building being a Principal because we have very scarce resources to rebuild these things. The Government are not giving us some good amount for repair.”
9. Zoom out, desks lined up outside of the classroom
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“When the students will come back, how can we accommodate them and where will they sit and how will they sit in such dusty rooms? They’ve put their waste in the rooms; they completely destroyed the whitewash etcetera. Now it will take some time to come again in its original shape.”
11. Wide shot, kids playing sitting on the floor
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“They are human beings, they are our first priority. We hope that this school will be rebuilt again, God willing soon but they are our first priority being a human being, Pakistanis, being Muslims, being a desirable people.”
13. Wide shot, IDP’s kids on swings
14. Wide shot, IDP’s kids on seesaw

BACKGROUND

Around one million people from North Waziristan have been displaced
after the Pakistan Army launched a full-scale military operation on
15 June to clear out militants based there.

Many residents had to flee on foot leaving what little wealth they had
behind. The majority arrived in the nearby town of Bannu that has
seen its population double in size and is now under huge strain due to
the sudden influx of IDPs or internally displaced people.

Due to cultural sensitivities and tradition of purdah or privacy for
women, many families did not want to stay in Government-run camps so
over 1,000 schools have become their temporary homes.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“You see this chair; this was damaged by the IDPs. This chair, this arm is broken. This door, this door is completely broken.”

These buildings lack appropriate facilities and many families are living in cramped, crowded and unhygienic conditions.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“I am worried for the school building being a Principal because we have very scarce resources to rebuild these things. The Government are not giving us some good amount for repair.”

This school intended for 1,500 is now housing 50 families.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“When the students will come back, how can we accommodate them and where will they sit and how will they sit in such dusty rooms? They’ve put their waste in the rooms; they completely destroyed the whitewash etcetera. Now it will take some time to come again in its original shape.”

Authorities have now asked them to leave as there is concern
that the schools will not be in a fit state to open in time for the
start of the new school term on 1 September.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Qasim, Principal, Government High School, No 3, Bannu:
“They are human beings, they are our first priority. We hope that this school will be rebuilt again, God willing soon but they are our first priority being a human being, Pakistanis, being Muslims, being a desirable people.”

19 August is World Humanitarian Day.
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 UNIC PAKISTAN
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1148165