COTE D'IVOIRE / CONGOLESE REFUGEES COVID-19

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27-Dec-2021 00:02:57
With support, refugees in Cote d’Ivoire are starting to rebuild businesses affected by the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. UNHCR

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STORY: COTE D'IVOIRE / CONGOLESE REFUGEES COVID-19
TRT: 2:57
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21-22 OCTOBER 2020, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST


SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Sophie cleaning the place where fishes are drying on the roof
2. Med shot, Sophie put salt on the fishes
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“I am a fish cleaning expert.”
4. Close up, hands of Sophie putting salt on fish
5. SOUBDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“ I love it.”
6. Wide shot, Sophie cut fish on her balcony. View from the opposite ext. side
7. Close up, Sophie’s face while cutting fish
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“Because it’s through the fish business that I escaped poverty.”
9. Close up, fish
10. Med shot, from above Sophie’s head while putting fish in a basin
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“Because of the political situation, I was forced to flee my country to come to Côte d’Ivoire.”
12. Wide shot, Coconut tree. Bottom view
13. Med shot, profile view of Sophie walking at a lagoon
14. Wide shot, Sophie picks plants at the lagoon
15. Wide shot, Sophie preparing fish sitting on her balcony
16. Wide shot, accounts on a notebook and Sophie’s hands showing it
17. Med shot, Sophie showing the accounts of her business written on a notebook
18. Med shot, Sophie showing the accounts of her business written on a notebook
19. SOUNDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“Covid hurt me badly. It whipped me, as we say in Congo.”
20. Wide shot, Sophie giving a bag to a young woman to deliver fish
21. SOUNDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“The business slowed down.”
22. Med shot, Ezekial walking in a street
23. Med shot, Ezekial showing to a man what material to use for making shoes
24. Med shot, Ezekial preparing the material for making the shoes
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Ezekial, refugee:
“I’m a shoe manufacturer, The period I started, Coronavirus came. So coronavirus destroyed everything.”
26. Med shot, Sophie sitting on a sofa talking and smiling
27. Med shot, Sophie showing the “Attestation de participation” of a UNHCR Training programme
28. Closs up, photo of Sophie and other women with their Training attestation in hands
29. Med shot, son of Sophie showing how many cucumber he could buy
30. SOUNDBITE (French) Leonidas Nkurunziza, Deputy Representative UNHCR Côte d’Ivoire:
“The majority of people we support are more impacted than others. Especially because they work in the informal sector, doing small business. They live from hand to mouth.”
31. Close up, hands of Ezekial while making shoes
32. Med shot, Ezekial sitting and making shoes
33. Close up, Concentrated face of Ezekial while making shoes
34. Med shot, Ezekial finalize the creation of the shoes with a machine
35. Close up, Machine and shoes being finalized
36. SOUNDBITE (English) Ezekial, refugee:
“I want to help and train refugees in this business, so that after this training, they will become independent. I also would like to expand my business capacity.”
37. Med shot, woman making shoes
38. Close up, Woman’s face while making shoes
39. Close up, Woman ‘s hands while making shoes
40. Wide shot, travelling back from Sophie looking at the camera on the roof in front of the fishes
41. SOUNDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“I am a strong woman today, thanks to my activity with salted fish. I am proud of myself and proud of what I’ve created.”
42. Sophie dancing and singing in her house
43. SOUNDBITE (French) Sophie Lilombi Mwika, Congolese refugee:
“We are free to enjoy life, now we’re not desperate.”
44. Med shot, Sophie, stand up, laughing

STORYLINE:

With support, refugees in Cote d’Ivoire are starting to rebuild businesses affected by the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus has hit Africa’s economy and refugees are particularly vulnerable. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has stepped in to provide support.

Across West and Central Africa, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is advocating for the inclusion of refugees in social protection responses. It is also providing cash as emergency response to ensure livelihoods are not depleted and, in some cases, facilitating refugee employment.

Sophie, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, built a business in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan selling salted fish in local markets and in neighboring Mali. Things went so well she sent money back to her parents and children and was expanding her storage facilities.

Then COVID hit, borders closed, and sales dropped by two-thirds, forcing her to halt expansion plans. UNHCR stepped in and she now plans to complete the storage construction and hire other refugees as staff.


Same like Sophie, over 80 refugee entrepreneurs received financial assistance and training through a UNHCR livelihoods programme. with help, they kept their businesses afloat

SOUNDBITE (French) Leonidas Nkurunziza, Deputy Representative UNHCR Côte d’Ivoire:
“The majority of people we support are more impacted than others. Especially because they work in the informal sector, doing small business. They live from hand to mouth.”
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