UNHCR / IRAQI FARMER RETURNS HOME

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27-May-2021 00:01:20
After a government decision to close all camps for internally displaced in Iraq, in November 2020, many Iraqis were forced to go back to destroyed villages and damaged homes. UNHCR and partners are paving the main road to connect the village with lifesaving services and rebuilt these classrooms so the residents may begin a new chapter of life. UNHCR


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STORY: UNHCR / IRAQI FARMER RETURNS HOME
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 5 APRIL 2021, RISALA VILLAGE, IRAQ


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1. Med shot, little girl drinking tea close up
2. Wide shot, Iraqi farmer and his two grandchildren drinking tea medium shot
3.Wide shot, out the car window shot of destroyed buildings
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic)Dahi, Iraqi Farmer:
“We returned home, we found it in ruins, it was abandoned, left for three or four years.”
5. Wide shot, Dahi walking into his village
6.Wide shot, ruined mud buildings
7.Wide shot, dusty road with land cruisers driving
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic)Dahi, Iraqi Farmer:
“We always have difficulties with the road. My neighbor’s baby girl fell sick and because he couldn’t reach a hospital due to the road she died.”
9. Wide shot, dusty road with land cruisers driving
10. Wide shot, kids with backpacks walking into school
11. Wide shot, kids in school classroom
12. Wide shot, Dahi reading to his grandchildren in a tent
13. Wide shot, Dahi reading to his grandchildren in a tent

STORYLINE:

After a government decision to close all camps for internally displaced in Iraq, in November 2020, many Iraqis were forced to go back to destroyed villages and damaged homes.

Most to the people who used to reside in camps like Salamiya, came from remote farming villages in Nineveh Governorate. They returned to their villages, they found no water, no electricity, the road conditions are bad, and their homes need repair.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic)Dahi, Iraqi Farmer:
“We returned home, we found it in ruins, it was abandoned, left for three or four years.”

Farmers like Dahi fled due to violence and now find their villages in desperate need of repair

SOUNDBITE (Arabic)Dahi, Iraqi Farmer:
“We always have difficulties with the road. My neighbor’s baby girl fell sick and because he couldn’t reach a hospital due to the road she died.”

With no jobs and very few means to cope, the people of these villages depend on farming and livestock for a living. They say that water is scarce this year and they were not able to depend on farming or livestock. Jobs are very scarce.

In Risala village the biggest concern that people have is lack of water. Now 300 hundred families reside in this village with no services or utilities. Water trucks deliver on a daily basis, and they have to pay for it. Electricity is on for one or two hours a day at most. They say they were promised by authorities and organization that they would help them once they are back to their villages, but no help arrived.

UNHCR and partners currently is paving a 10 km road that connects this remote village to the nearest town. The local school and the teachers’ guesthouse will also be rehabilitated. UNHCR is in contact with partners and the local population to determine other means to help.
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