UGANDA / REFUGEES ENVIRONMENT

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06-Jun-2019 00:03:35
South Sudanese refugee, Bidal Abraham uses his time in Uganda to promote a movement to conserve the environment. This 32-years-old he has already been forced to flee his home in South Sudan three times and each time he made it safely to neighboring Uganda he noticed a problem: there were always fewer trees. UNHCR

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STORY: UGANDA / REFUGEES ENVIRONMENT
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 18 MAY 2019, ADJUMANI / ARUA, UGANDA

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18 MAY 2019, ARUA, UGANDA

1. Med shot, Bidal Abraham showing his daughter a small branch
2. Wide shot, Bidal and his daughter in trees
3. Pan left, Bidal carrying her daughter through trees
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bidal Abraham, South Sudanese Refugee:
“Trees also act as wind breakers. If you look at the shelters we have here, if you do not have enough trees to stop wind, these shelters would be blown off.”
5. Wide shot, Bidal holding his daughter as they walk to house

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6. Wide shot, aerial shot of settlement
7. Med shot, new arrivals carrying belongings
8. Various shots, refugees thatching roof for shelter

18 MAY 2019, ARUA, UGANDA

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bidal Abraham, South Sudanese Refugee:
“The first time the trees were many, the second time, somehow, the third time now, trees are scarce.”
10. Various shots, firewood on ground
11. Wide shot, Bidal digging
12. Med shot, Bidal digging behind tree branches
13. Close up, Bidal planting a tree
14. Close up, Bidal’s face
15. Wide shot, Bidal watering a tree
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Bidal Abraham, South Sudanese Refugee:
“I can remember in South Sudan they say, cut one, plant five. I don’t know what the law says in Uganda, maybe, cut one, plant two.”
17. Wide shot, men watering tree seedlings in nursery
18. Close up, seedlings
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Asiku Dalili, Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment:
“Even before the refugees, there were still challenges of the environment here, in the host community they were facing problems of bush burning, there was deforestation, charcoal vending.”
20. Wide shot, Asiku walking through tree nursery
21. Close up, sign showing tree variety
22. Various shots, tree seedlings
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Asiku Dalili, Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment:
“Our target this year is to raise 600,000 seedlings. So far, we are at around 823,000 seedlings, which is above target. It is a target for both refugee and host communities.”
24. Close up, hand holding tree seedlings
25. Med shot, Bidal planting tree
26. Close up, watering tree seedling in ground
27. SOUNDBITE (English) Bidal Abraham, South Sudanese Refugee:
“I am not the only one who has planted trees like this, there are many other refugees who have also planted trees and they do care for the trees that is why they have planted. Definitely, everything you do with purpose you will take care of it.”
28. Close up, children planting tree seedlings
29. Wide shot, children carrying seedlings

STORYLINE:

Bidal Abraham has fled South Sudan three times. His most recent escape was in May 2018 when fighting broke out in his home town of Yei. He crossed the border with his pregnant wife and daughter and has settled on a small plot of land in Uganda’s northern West Nile region once covered in trees and bush, but now largely cleared for residential and agricultural use.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bidal Abraham, South Sudanese Refugee:
“The first time the trees were many, the second time, somehow, the third time now, trees are scarce.”

Uganda hosts 1.2 million refugees who have access to land where they can build a house and grow their own food.

With both refugees and the local Ugandan community using firewood for everyday needs like cooking, and hundreds of thousands of new refugees needing wood to build shelters, tension over natural resources was building.

SOUNDBITE (English) Asiku Dalili, Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment:
“Even before the refugees, there were still challenges of the environment here, in the host community they were facing problems of bush burning, there was deforestation, charcoal vending.”

While Bidal couldn’t do anything about the conflicts he left behind in South Sudan, he decided to become an advocate of tree planting in Uganda, spreading the word about the importance of preserving the environment everywhere he went.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bidal Abraham, South Sudanese Refugee:
“I am not the only one who has planted trees like this, there are many other refugees who have also planted trees and they do care for the trees that is why they have planted. Definitely, everything you do with purpose you will take care of it.”

UNHCR supports the establishment and operation of tree nurseries within settlements, as well as the distribution of seedlings to refugees and host communities. More than 1.1 million trees have been planted in four settlements in the West Nile region since 2017.
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