KENYA / REFUGEE YOGI MENTAL WELLNESS

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Ugandan refugee uses the power of yoga to bring wellness and healing to refugees in Kenya’s Kakuma camp. UNHCR

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STORY: KENYA / REFUGEE YOGI MENTAL WELLNESS
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 23-25 SEPTEMBER 2020 / 02 APRIL 2020 KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA / FILE

SHOTLIST:

23 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

1.Various shots, Rita practicing yoga
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“Yoga is for all ages. Yoga is for all body sizes. Yoga is for everybody.”
3.Wide shot, Rita practicing yoga outside her house
4.Wide shot, overhead view of Rita in a side facing forward fold position
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I used to think I'm not loved. I used to think everything I passed through was like a destiny which God had planned for me, that I'm going to suffer for the rest of my life. But since I joined yoga, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, I felt like yoga really changed me.”
6.Wide shot, tilt up of Rita and yoga student in tree pose
7.Wide shot, Rita and yoga student standing in tree pose

FILE – UNHCR - Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

8.Wide shot, overhead view of Kakuma refugee camp

23 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

9.SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I felt like being in a camp for so many years is so traumatising for like a child, a mother and father, anybody living in a camp.

FILE – UNHCR – 10 JULY 2018, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

10.Wide shot, women sitting together
11.Wide shot, woman cooking with children sitting in background

23 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

12.Wide shot, Rita teaching yoga class
13.Wide shot, overhead view of Rita and her student in a forward fold
14.Wide shot, Rita teaching online class using her phone
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I do online classes, that is Zoom and Facebook or one on one class with one or two people because of social distancing.”
16. Screen shot, view of Rita doing online class
17.Wide shot, Rita teaching online class
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I'm giving it all my strength. All my everything to change a life of someone who has suffered or who is suffering.”

FILE – UNHCR - KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

19. drone shot, Kakuma camp

FILE – UNHCR – 10 JULY 2018, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

20. Various shots, woman looking on

23 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

21. Wide shot, Lynn Waithera Karanja, Counselling Psychologist is session with patient
22.Wide shto, Lynn walking in refugee camp
23.SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Waithera Karanja, Counselling Psychologist:
“You find that there are so many people to be accompanied. There are so many people to be served, there are so many people to be advocated for, especially when it comes to mental health and psychosocial issues which we know even with the COVID-19, that number has increased.”

FILE – 02 APRIL 2020 - KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

24. various shots, people sitting in socially distanced queues waiting for food distribution

23 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

25. Wide shot, Lynn talking to patient in counselling session
26.Wide shot, Lynn talking to patient on the roadside
27.Med shot, Lynn sitting in counselling office
28. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Waithera Karanja, Counselling Psychologist:
“Mental health doesn't begin at the organisations. It begins at home. It begins with even how we look at ourselves, how we start in the morning. What we tell ourselves.”
29.Various shots, Lynn practicing yoga
30.SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Waithera Karanja, Counselling Psychologist:
“It’s a universal problem that can be dealt with by everyone and with anyone.”
31.Wide shot, Lynn doing online yoga class
32.Med shot, Rita practicing yoga in her house
33. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“It’s all about your mindset and how you take it because if you're positive everything will be positive.”
34.Wide shot, Rita doing backward bend in her house

STORYLINE:

Ugandan refugee uses the power of yoga to bring wellness and healing to refugees in Kenya’s Kakuma camp.

Mental health services are essential but with nearly 200,000 residents, access is limited in the camp. UNHCR and partners are providing counselling and other services as part of COVID-19 interventions, but more funding and support is required to ensure refugees and their hosts receive the help they need.

Rita Brown, arrived in Kakuma from Uganda in the year 2000 after fleeing conflict between a rebel group and the local community. Rita was only seven years old. Her father and mother were killed.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“Yoga is for all ages. Yoga is for all body sizes. Yoga is for everybody.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I used to think I'm not loved. I used to think everything I passed through was like a destiny which God had planned for me, that I'm going to suffer for the rest of my life. But since I joined yoga, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, I felt like yoga really changed me.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I felt like being in a camp for so many years is so traumatising for like a child, a mother and father, anybody living in a camp.

Rita took up yoga in 2019 through the Africa Yoga project. After completing her training, she started offering classes to refugees and humanitarian workers in Kakuma.

She is among the very first professional refugee yogis in the camp. She has moved her classes online because of COVID-19 restrictions reaching even more people with her message of self-acceptance and mental wellbeing.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I do online classes, that is Zoom and Facebook or one on one class with one or two people because of social distancing.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“I'm giving it all my strength. All my everything to change a life of someone who has suffered or who is suffering.”

Rita’s initiative resonates with UNHCR’s priority to ensure access to mental health for refugees in the camp. As part of its COVID-19 response, UNHCR has partnered with other humanitarian agencies like the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to step up access to mental health services in Kakuma.

During the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown measures that came into effect, psychosocial counsellors have been providing virtual counselling to people of concern, including those in quarantine and isolation facilities. Toll free helplines are also available to ensure people have unhindered access to counsellors and other mental health services.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Waithera Karanja, Counselling Psychologist:
“You find that there are so many people to be accompanied. There are so many people to be served, there are so many people to be advocated for, especially when it comes to mental health and psychosocial issues which we know even with the COVID-19, that number has increased.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Waithera Karanja, Counselling Psychologist:
“Mental health doesn't begin at the organisations. It begins at home. It begins with even how we look at ourselves, how we start in the morning. What we tell ourselves.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Lynn Waithera Karanja, Counselling Psychologist:
“It’s a universal problem that can be dealt with by everyone and with anyone.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Brown, Ugandan refugee:
“It’s all about your mindset and how you take it because if you're positive everything will be positive.”
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