ROMANIA / REFUGEE TRANSIT CENTRE

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The Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Timisoara, Romania is a temporary home to many refugees on their journey to safety in a third country. UNHCR

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STORY: ROMANIA / REFUGEE TRANSIT CENTRE
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 6-7 DECEMBER 2018, ROMANIA, TIMISOARA

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6-7 DECEMBER 2018, ROMANIA, TIMISOARA

1. Wide shot, airplane arriving to the Timisoara Airport
2. Wide shot, refugees walking off plane
3. Various shots, families walking on tarmac
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hawa Dawood Shusha, Sudanese refugee:
“Their father passed away. All I want is for them to have a good education and a good upbringing.” 5. Wide shot, man carrying sleeping child
6. Various shots, refugees leaving airport
7. Wide shot, refugees entering transit centre
8. Wide shot, UNHCR staff helping refugee carry a suitcase up the stairs
9. Wide shot, refugees sitting in a room listening to UNHCR staff
10. Med shot, Mohamed and Hawa at transit centre
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Omar, Medical student:
“There is nothing to do if we stay at home, nothing to do; no work, no studies. There is no life.”
12. Med shot, kids at Santa Claus celebration
13. Zoom in, from bookshelf to refugee women watching movie
14. Med shot, old man and family in his room at transit centre
15. Close up, old man sitting on a bed
16. Med shot, Mohamed Omar's sisters laying on bed
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Camelia Nitu, Senior field associate, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We are simply trying to prioritize those that are the most vulnerable out of the most vulnerable.”
18. Various shots, Camelia Nitu speaking to refugees
19. Med shot, refugees watching movie
20. Wide shot, refugees watching movie
21. Various shots, kids playing football
22. Various shots, kids colouring
23. Med shot, Hawa Dawood Shusha sitting in a bed in her room
24. Close up, Hawa arranging things in the shelves
25. Med shot, Hawa pouring hot water with a kettle
26. Med shot, Hawa drinking from a cup
27. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hawa Dawood Shusha, Sudanese refugee:
“I wanted to reach any European country where we are treated like humans, like everyone else, where we can teach our kids.”
28. Med shot, Hawa preparing sandwiches for her kids
29. Close up, child watching movie
30. Wide shot, young person sitting on bench outside transit centre

STORYLINE:

The Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Timisoara, Romania is a temporary home to many refugees on their journey to safety in a third country.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) evacuated these refugees from Libya who became temporary guests of the Romanian government, which operates the ETC. They were to be resettled in Norway.

Hawa and her six children fled the war in Darfur to Libya, only to find that Libya had also descended into chaos. They left behind trauma at home in Sudan and exile in Libya.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hawa Dawood Shusha, Sudanese refugee:
“Their father passed away. All I want is for them to have a good education and a good upbringing.”

The refugees arrived on ordinary commercial flights in a group of 51 – from Sudan, Eritrea and Syria. They left Tripoli early on 5 December and arrived in Timisoara at dawn on 6 December, having flown via Istanbul and Bucharest.

Hawa’s son Mohamed studied medicine in Libya, but war and insecurity were crushing his dreams.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Omar, Medical student:
“There is nothing to do if we stay at home, nothing to do; no work, no studies. There is no life.”

UNHCR’s evacuation programme seeks to bring the most vulnerable refugees out of Libya. UNHCR Senior field associate Camelia Nitu said the agency was trying to “prioritize those that are the most vulnerable out of the most vulnerable.” She said these include women at risk, orphan children, and survivors of torture.

UNHCR said the Romanian centre is a safe and smart stopover. Refugees meet with immigration officials from the final destination countries that accept refugees for permanent resettlement, including Norway and the United Kingdom. While waiting for the green light, they have language and cultural orientation classes. The time from evacuation to resettlement is typically two or three months.

Hawa said she wanted to reach “any European country where we are treated like humans, like everyone else, where we can teach our kids.”
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