MEXICO / HONDURAN REFUGEES

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07-Jan-2022 00:05:27
Honduran family finds safety and a new life in Northern Mexico after fleeing gang violence in their hometown. UNHCR

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STORY: MEXICO / HONDURAN REFUGEES
TRT: 5:28
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23-26, NOVEMBER 2021, MEXICO

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1. Wide shot, Dania and her children walk in the street
2. Close up, Dania’s son holds a toy
3. Wide shot, Dania and her children play with a toy vending machine
4. Wide shot, Dania’s son introduce a coin at a toy vending machine
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Dania, Honduran refugee:
“We are building a life and a future for the children. My joy is seeing them happy. There's no greater gift for a mother than seeing her children happy.”

6. Med shot, Dania does the bed while her child jump on it
7. Med shot, César, Dania’s husband, lyes in bed with her children
8. Close up, Dania’s daughter's hand while lying in bed
9. Wide shot, Dania’s son plays the spinning top at their house backyard
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Dania, Honduran refugee:
“As soon as we got to the hospital with our son, doctors extracted the bullet from his leg. And at that very moment, I saw their cars arriving. I had to whisk my injured son out of the hospital. Because the intention of the gang members was to kill the whole family. I never thought I'd leave my home. Because we weren't rich, but we had a nice life, we lived in peace.”
11. Wide shot, a kid crosses the street in Northern Mexico while a car passes by
12. Wide shot, Corner house and street overhead cables
13. Wide shot, landscape views of Northern Mexico city
14. Med shot, Dania’s daughter studying and talking to her mon (not in the shot)
15. Wide shot, Dania helps her children study in the living room
16. Various shots, César working at the furniture factory
17. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) César, Honduran refugee:
“When one has dreams, desire, will, optimism, I believe that there is no obstacle that can stop you. I thank UNHCR, I always mention it, because it has been a vital support for the family.”
18. Wide shot, family in the living room having lunch
19. Med shot, César putting some cheese on his plate
20. Various shots, César playing table football with her children
21. Wide shot, Dania walks into the kitchen
22. Med shot, Dania’s daughter wats soup while talking to her mother
23. Wide shot, family in the living room having lunch
24. Close up, César smiles during lunch time
25. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) César, Honduran refugee:
“When the national (football) team plays, I root for Mexico. Our goal is to get naturalized. Achieving that will make us very happy. It will be wonderful.”
26. Wide shot, family getting out of the house
27. Med shot, Family video portrait
28. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Dania, Honduran refugee:
“As soon as we got to the hospital with our son, doctors extracted the bullet from his leg. And at that very moment, I saw their cars arriving. I had to whisk my injured son out of the hospital. Because the intention of the gang members was to kill the whole family. I never thought I'd leave my home. Because we weren't rich, but we had a nice life, we lived in peace. We are going to be proud of ourselves. I know my son will say to me: ‘Mommy, what happened to us back there is over already.’ I will see my son with his own family here.”

STORYLINE:

Honduran family finds safety and a new life in Northern Mexico after fleeing gang violence in their hometown.

Members of a criminal gang opened fire on the family house. The family cowered together on the floor, but one stray bullet perforated a paint can and it exploded. Dania's son was shot in the leg, and assailants chased them to the hospital, forcing them to flee Honduras.

Four years after fleeing Honduras, the family is stable, happy, and thriving. Now they are looking forward to becoming Mexican citizens, the next step in their refugee journey. Under Mexican law, recognized refugees are exempt from having to take a naturalization exam and can apply two years after receiving permanent residency. Some 500 refugees in Mexico are awaiting the resumption of the naturalization process which was suspended nationwide as part of COVID-19 contention measures.

Just as reaching a point of stability for refugees can take years, the Mexico operation of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is embracing a revolutionary multi-year approach to planning its programs to support and assist them. “With protracted refugee situations, planning over several years ensures the continuity of programs,” says Diego Morales, senior programme officer for UNHCR Mexico. “This means we can accompany refugees from the moment they request asylum to when they are fully integrated into their host communities.”

Mexico is one of 24 of UNHCR’s country operations worldwide that are adopting similar mid to long-term planning to better serve refugees, asylum seekers focusing on solutions, such as integration. A further fifty operations are joining for 2023 planning and beyond. By 2024 the entire organization will transition to this longer range planning.
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