UNHCR / IVORIAN REFUGEES END EXILE

20-Jun-2022 00:05:24
UN High Commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, applauds the lasting solution of peace that is inspiring thousands of Ivorians who fled past conflict to return home and rebuild their lives. UNHCR

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STORY: UNHCR / IVORIAN REFUGEES END EXILE
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DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2022, LIBERIA-CÔTE D'IVOIRE BORDER / TOULEPLOU, CÔTE D'IVOIRE

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18 JUNE 2022, LIBERIA-CÔTE D'IVOIRE BORDER, BOUTOU, LIBERIA

1. Various shots, Ivorian returnees getting on to ferry to cross the border from Liberia to Cote D’Ivoire
2. Various shots, Ivorian returnees singing on ferry as they cross the border
3. Wide shot, Ivorian returnees welcomed to Cote D’Ivoire
4. Ivorian returnees disembarking from ferry
5. Med shot, returnees saying goodbye to friends in Liberia side
6. Various shots, Grandi, Ivorian child, Ivorian family, ferry
7. Aerial shot, ferry crosses border from Liberia to Ivory Coast
8. Med shot, returnees disembark from ferry
9. Med shot of Liberian officials handing over documents to Ivorian authorities as Grandi looks on
10. Close up of folder containing Birth Certificates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I have witnessed, I have had the privilege of witnessing the end of exile, and there is no more important moment for a High Commissioner for refugees to see the refugees not be refugees anymore. This is what we are about.”

18 JUNE 2022, TOULEPLOU, CÔTE D'IVOIRE

12. Young child waving
13. Various shots, Grandi meeting returning Ivorian family
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“There is no better situation for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to witness the end of refugee status for people that find a solution, and I'm very proud that we have decided that I will spend World Refugee Day to June 20 here in Cote d'Ivoire to celebrate this achievement, this success together with the Ivorian people, together with their government and their authorities. And it is particularly significant that we do this these days when we have just had to report that more than 100 million people around the world. Refugees or forcibly displaced have had to flee their homes because of war, persecution, violence, of different types of discrimination. This is a very terrible sign of the world we live in, and that's why I came to Cote d'Ivoire to celebrate the opposite, to celebrate the solution, to celebrate people going back in a festive mood to their home in spite of all the challenges.”
15. Various shots, Ivorian returnee Ines at her market stall
16. SOUNDBITE (LOCAL DIALECT) Ines, Ivorian returnee:
“After four years away from my village, I had no idea what to expect. My first feeling was a joy - the joy of being home even though I did not know if I had a home. But when people welcomed me, I was happy.”
16. Ines with her grandchildren outside her home

STORYLINE:
UN High Commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, applauds the lasting solution of peace that is inspiring thousands of Ivorians who fled past conflict to return home and rebuild their lives.

Grandi is celebrating World Refugee Day (20 Jun) in Côte d'Ivoire alongside former refugees who have returned home ahead of the formal end of Ivorian refugee status later this month.

The process to formally end refugee status – the application of cessation clauses - for Ivorian refugees comes into effect on 30 June, acknowledging the end of an era of displacement for hundreds of thousands of Ivorian refugees. The cessation of refugee status follows the peaceful resolution of two decades of intermittent civil conflict and political instability in the West African nation.

The resolution of a crisis that at its height forced more than 300,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries and beyond is a welcome bright spot amid a rising global trend of forced displacement. Last month, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said the war in Ukraine and other ongoing crises pushed the number of people forced to flee conflict and persecution worldwide beyond 100 million for the first time.

Ines, a grandmother, fled in 2011 to Liberia. When she returned in 2019 with her sons and grandchildren, UNHCR assisted in building her house and setting up a small business which helped with her reintegration. UNHCR has assisted thousands of Ivorians to return. Many have also returned independently.
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