LEBANON / RAMADAN KITCHEN

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22-Jun-2017 00:02:55
In the Saadnayel region of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where over 370,000 Syrians have sought refuge from the war, a Ramadan kitchen has been busy preparing thousands of daily meals for families living in nearby refugee camps. UNHCR

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STORY: LEBANON / RAMADAN KITCHEN
TRT: 02:55
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2017, BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON

SHOTLIST:

1. Close up vegetables floating in water
2. Wide shot, volunteers washing vegetables
3. Wide shot, volunteers cutting vegetables
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haydar Hammoud, Operations Manager at Sawa for Development and Aid:
“When people come from Europe, or any other country.”
5. Med shot, volunteers preparing food
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haydar Hammoud, Operations Manager at Sawa for Development and Aid:
“And they see that they are working; they are cutting vegetables, wash tomatoes. They probably never washed tomatoes in their house or chopped a salad.”
7. Med shot, volunteer cutting dough
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haydar Hammoud, Operations Manager at Sawa for Development and Aid:
“When people see that everyone is cooperating and working together to deliver the meals, you find this, as you can see.”
9. Wide shot, volunteers making pastries
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haydar Hammoud, Operations Manager at Sawa for Development and Aid:
“It is the kitchen which benefits from that.”
11. Close up, volunteer at work
12. Wide shot, volunteers at work
13. Wide shot, volunteer cooking meat pies
14. Various shots, volunteers preparing dates
15. Close up, potatoes in oven cooking
16. Various shots, Mahmoud cooking rice and chicken
17. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Sarhan, Syrian Refugee:
“Today we are cooking rice and chicken topped with nuts.’’
18. Various shots, Laurence cutting vegetables outside
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Laurence Gnanguenon, French Volunteer:
“I am here like since five days, and the rhythm is really like sometimes really hard, you know like to make some rice and chicken and put it and yalla yalla yalla.”
20. Close up, meat pies being prepared
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Laurence Gnanguenon, French Volunteer:
“In television, it’s a lot of like image, like pictures with war.”
22. Close up, tomatoes being chopped
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Laurence Gnanguenon, French Volunteer:
“Here is a positive image.”
24. Various shots, meals being packaged by volunteers
25. Various shots, meals being bused to camps
26. Various shots, Mona receiving her meal/ waking back to tent
27. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mona Al Shamali, 52-year-old Syrian Refugee from Homs:
“It is so essential for us, especially when we cannot afford to cook, to receive this meal already made and delivered to us.”
28. Various shots, refugees and locals seated around table, and sharing food
29. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Jamil Trad, Lebanese Volunteer:
“Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrians come here. We welcome anyone who wants to join us for iftar.”
30. Various shots, refugees and locals seated around table, and sharing food

STORYLINE:

In the Saadnayel region of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where over 370,000 Syrians have sought refuge from the war, a Ramadan kitchen has been busy preparing thousands of daily meals for families living in nearby refugee camps.

Organised by the Lebanese charity Sawa for Development and Aid, the kitchen brings together Syrian refugees and volunteers from Lebanon and abroad to help prepare, package and deliver the meals to families in need.

This Ramadan kitchen is buzzing with activity. The traditional iftar meal to break the daily fast is prepared to serve more than 4,500 refugees every day.

All cooks are volunteers from Lebanon, Syria and beyond.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haydar Hammoud, Operations Manager at Sawa for Development and Aid:
“When people come from Europe, or any other country. And they see that they are working; they are cutting vegetables, wash tomatoes. They probably never washed tomatoes in their house or chopped a salad. When people see that everyone is cooperating and working together to deliver the meals, you find this, as you can see. It is the kitchen which benefits from that.”

A meal usually includes dates, salad and meat pies. Chef Mahmoud selects a different main course each day.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Sarhan, Syrian Refugee:
“Today we are cooking rice and chicken topped with nuts.’’

Laurence came all the way from France to help.

SOUNDBITE (English) Laurence Gnanguenon, French Volunteer:
“I am here like since five days, and the rhythm is really like sometimes really hard, you know like to make some rice and chicken and put it and yalla yalla yalla. In television, it’s a lot of like image, like pictures with war. Here is a positive image.”

The meals get delivered to refugees like Mona.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mona Al Shamali, 52-year-old Syrian Refugee from Homs:
“It is so essential for us, especially when we cannot afford to cook, to receive this meal already made and delivered to us.”

The Ramadan kitchen, which has been running for four consecutive years, also delivers some 150 meals to a neighbouring tent run by another charity, where Syrian refugees, Lebanese and Palestinians come together to break their fast and share a meal at sunset.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Jamil Trad, Lebanese Volunteer:
“Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrians come here. We welcome anyone who wants to join us for iftar.”

The Ramadan Kitchen has been running thanks to private donations raised by Sawa, which means ‘’together’’ in Arabic.
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