UNHCR / REFUGEE CHEFS FRANCE

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At the Refugee Food Festival in France’s Normandy region, three refugee chefs from Yemen, Syria and Iran cooked traditional dishes at a local middle school. UNHCR

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STORY: UNHCR / REFUGEE CHEFS FRANCE
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / FRENCH / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 6 OCTOBER 2017, DOZULÉ, FRANCE

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, middle school students getting food in the canteen
2. Various shots, dishes
3. Med shot, Yemeni refugee chef Saber Hajaj cooking
4. Med shot, students getting food in the canteen
5. Med shot, food is served by Saber and other chefs
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saber Hajaj, Refugee Chef from Yemen:
“When I cook dishes from Yemen here in France, I am also creating a bridge between the countries. Doing this makes me especially happy.”
7. Med shot, Saber working in the kitchen
8. Med shot, Saber is being interviewed
9. Close up, food
10. Med shot, Saber working in the kitchen
11. Various shots, students eating in the canteen
12. Med shot, Syrian refugee Susanna Kilani talking to students
13. UPSOUND (English) Kilani, Refugee from Syria:
“I hope, I go back to see my family.”
14. Med shot, students listening to Susanna
15. Wide shot, Susanna talking to students
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Susanna Kilani, Refugee from Syria:
"The only thing they see or hear is media or photos that do not give them the real story. So I want, from my story, from what happened to me, I want to give them another story which, might be, in some way, it’s sad but, in some way it can be full of optimism."
18. Med shot, students listening to Susanna
19. Med shot, Susanna talking to students
20. Med shot, Susanna is being interviewed
21. Various shots, a refugee photo exhibition in the school
22. Med shot, teacher talking to students
23. SOUDNBITE (English) Celine Schmitt, UNHCR France’s Spokesperson:
“It’s a great way to create an exchange and it’s so important for children at that age. They are deciding on what they want to do in the future. It’s important they get to know exactly what it means to be a refugee.”
24. Various shots, students at the photo exhibition
25. Med shot, Celine being interviewed
26. Close up, a refugee chef with students
27. Various shots, students making a dessert
28. SOUNDBITE (French) Lea, Middle School Student:
“I didn't know during their journey they had to do so many things and cross through so many countries to get to France."
29. SOUNDBITE (French Margot, Middle School Student:
"It was really, really great. It makes us want to go out and discover things and get to know refugees."
30. Wide shot, students making dessert
31. Med shot, students tasting the dessert

STORYLINE:

French students are getting a taste of something new.

For the first time, a chef who is also a refugee is cooking for them.

On the menu: chicken and rice seasoned with turmeric and Middle Eastern spices.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saber Hajaj, Refugee Chef from Yemen:
“When I cook dishes from Yemen here in France, I am also creating a bridge between the countries. Doing this makes me especially happy.”

For Saber, food is a way of evoking his homeland.

Last year he fled the war in Yemen and left behind his sole surviving brother.

Now Saber has brought a bit of home to this Normandy school.

So has Susanna.

UPSOUND (English) Susanna Kilani, Refugee from Syria:
“I hope, I go back to see my family.”

She also wants to bring the refugee experience closer to students by describing her transformation from working professional to exile.

UPSOUND (English) Susanna Kilani, Refugee from Syria:
"The only thing they see or hear is media or photos that do not give them the real story. So I want, from my story, from what happened to me, I want to give them another story which, might be, in some way, it’s sad but, in some way it can be full of optimism."

A day with refugees, organised by UNHCR and Food Sweet Food, gives young teens an up-close view on global issues.

SOUDNBITE (English) Celine Schmitt, UNHCR France’s Spokesperson:
“It’s a great way to create an exchange and it’s so important for children at that age. They are deciding on what they want to do in the future. It’s important they get to know exactly what it means to be a refugee.”

But the proof is in the pudding.

SOUNDBITE (French) Lea, Middle School Student:
“I didn't know during their journey they had to do so many things and cross through so many countries to get to France."

SOUNDBITE (French) Margot, Middle School Student:
"It was really, really great. It makes us want to go out and discover things and get to know refugees."

The best part of all: crafting, cooking, eating together, and sharing some food for thought.

For the first time, the Refugee Food Festival took place in middle schools’ canteens in France’s iNormandy region during the Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents from 2 to 6 October 2017.

The Refugee Food Festival is a citizen-led initiative co-organized the French NGO Food Sweet Food and UNHCR France. Since June 2016, chefs across France and then Europe opened the doors of their kitchen to refugee chefs. The objectives of this event are to change people’s perceptions of refugees, boost refugees’ professional integration and make people discover cuisines from all over the planet.

This time, the Department of Calvados in the Normandy region in northwestern France and UNHCR, in partnership with Food Sweet Food, hosted the food fest in four middle schools, namely Charles Létot in Bayeux, Jean de la Varende in Creully, Ernest Hemingway in Port-en-Bessin and Louis Pergaud in Dozulé.

Three refugee chefs from Yemen, Syria and Iran cooked traditional dishes as part of a wider program in middle schools including presentations and exchange with refugees and UNHCR in classrooms in the morning, an interactive visit of Zaatari camp (Clouds over Sydra), cooking classes and a tour of the UNHCR exhibition “The Most Important Thing” in the afternoon. Over 1,500 middle school students participated in the event. Local authorities, education authorities, teachers, the canteen teams, students and the local associations working with refugees loved the initiative and are asking for the next edition.
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