SYRIA / GRANDI RETURNEES

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07-Mar-2019 00:03:42
In August 2016, the entire town of Souran, in Syria’s Hama Governorate, emptied out. Armed groups took over the town. Last year, residents who fled to Lebanon, Turkey or other parts of Syria started slowly making their way back. UNHCR

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STORY: SYRIA / GRANDI RETURNEES
TRT: 3:42
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 4-6 MARCH 2019, HOMS / HAMA, SYRIA

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04 MARCH 2019, AL QUSOUR, HOMS, SYRIA

1. Various shots, destroyed buildings
2. Wide shot, man walking with children in street
3. Wide shot, residents on balconies

06 MARCH 2019, SOURAN, HAMA, SYRIA
4. Wide shot, Granid sitting next to siblings in classroom
5. Close ups, Ahmad
6. UPSOUND (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“They all together learn here? Even in different ages?”
7. Wide shot, man riding motorcycle
8. Wide shot, Souran Square
9. Wide shot, destroyed buildings
10. UPSOUND (Arabic) Zahida, Returnee mother:
“I just took my kids and left.”
11. Various shots, Zahida helping her children with homework
12. Wide shot, Grandi entering Zahida’s home
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Zahida, Returnee mother:
“We have almost returned to the stone age. But little by little, we made things better.”
14. Close up, Zahida’s daughter
15. Various shots, destroyed buildings
16. Wide shot, young woman sitting outside house
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“For those who make that decision and voluntarily come back here, we must provide them with help – at least for their basic needs and their initial reintegration in their community.”
18. Various shots, stone masons working on clearing debris
19. Wide shot, Grandi entering bakery
20. Close up, Grandi tasting bread
21. Various shots, bread being packed
22. Med shots, men making window
23. Various shots, Zahida walking with children in street
24. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Zahida, Returnee mother:
“I hope I can stay persistent and stay so I can see my children grow and become successful.”

04 MARCH 2019, HOMS, SYRIA

25. Various shots, destroyed buildings
26. Close up, man walking
27. Wide shot, Sunset over destroyed buildings

STORYLINE:

In August 2016, the entire town of Souran, in Syria’s Hama Governorate, emptied out. Armed groups took over the town. Last year, residents who fled to Lebanon, Turkey or other parts of Syria started slowly making their way back.

Ten-year-old Ahmad and his sister Maram missed two years of school as refugees in Lebanon. Now they are in first-grade with others who came back.

UPSOUND (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“They all together learn here? Even in different ages?”

When the town was overrun, it was empty within days.

UPSOUND (Arabic) Zahida, Returnee mother:
“I just took my kids and left.”

Zahida and her five children fled to Lebanon in 2016. Last year they came back to Souran. She said she was shocked by the level of destruction in the town.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Zahida, Returnee mother:
“We have almost returned to the stone age. But little by little, we made things better.”

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that over 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) returned to their homes in Syria in 2018. Some Syrians are also slowly returning from neighbouring countries to areas where they feel safe. For most, it is the start of a new set of challenges.

On his 4th visit to Syria as High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi assessed the massive humanitarian needs facing the population there.

After eight years of war, he observed that the magnitude of the humanitarian problem is staggering, exacerbated by the millions of people uprooted from their homes.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“For those who make that decision and voluntarily come back here, we must provide them with help – at least for their basic needs and their initial reintegration in their community.”

Grandi reiterated UNHCR’s policy to help those displaced – in Syria and abroad. He also said that Syrians returning voluntarily home and settling back into their community need humanitarian support.

Zahida’s home was destroyed in the war. As a single mother, rebuilding is out of reach for now, but she remains hopeful.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Zahida, Returnee mother:
“I hope I can stay persistent and stay so I can see my children grow and become successful.”

Eight years of violence and destruction forced virtually every second Syrian to flee their homes, amounting to some 13 million people. Millions of Syrians live as refugees across the region, million more are internally displaced, and many are still uncertain about going back to their homes.
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