TANZANIA / REFUGEES GRANDI VISIT

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, urges more donor support for solutions and praises progress in refugee protection in Tanzania. UNHCR

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STORY: TANZANIA / REFUGEES GRANDI VISIT
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / KIRUNDI / SWAHILI / NATS

DATELINE: 25 August 2022, NYARUGUSU REFUGEE CAMP, KASULU, TANZANIA

SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots, Grandi presenting birth certificates to mothers
2. SOUNDBITE (Kirundi) Evangeline, Burundian refugee:
“These documents will help me show where my children were born and help them get assistance.”
3. Various shots, Evangeline with baby and family, looking on
4. Various shots, Grandi handing out birth certificates to mothers
5. Various shots, mothers with babies
6. Med shot, High Commissioner addressing women
7. SOUNDBITE (Kirundi) Evangeline, Burundian refugee:
“I have already received two certificates for my children. I’m waiting for the third one.”
8. Various shots, mothers with babies
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“For children born in exile, not to have a birth certificate may condemn them to statelessness when they grow up. And also, in situations of repatriation, this is one, it's very important for them to go back and have something proving their identity.”
10. Various shots, crowd looking on
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Since 2017, thousands of Burundians have opted for this choice to go back voluntarily, and the challenges back home for those who have not yet chosen to return are very often linked to economic causes, lack of work, lack of land, and other challenges of this type and in addition, some security issues. But I do believe that with more resources in Burundi.….”
12. Various shots, woman addressing people
13. Various shots, crowd looking on
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“…More people will opt for this important choice.”
15. Various shots, women cooking and children looking on
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“In general, lack of resources is a very big challenge in this region. The Burundian refugee situation is one of the least supported in the world, and I have seen today myself how much people need in terms of very basic requirements. So, there is goodwill on the part of the government. There is space to do things that are very good.”
17. Various shots, people working on farm
18. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Louis, Burundian refugee
“When I finished training, I also started farming my vegetable garden. Before I started planting these vegetables, my children used to fall sick often because of lacking vitamins and nutrients that come from vegetables. 
19. Various shots, Louis seated with wife and children
20. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Louis, Burundian refugee:
“When my children started consuming these vegetables, their condition changed.”
21. Various shots, vegetables on a table, men tending to a garden, Louis seated with family, women working on farm, Grandi talking to people
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Funding is not only for refugees but also and importantly for communities hosting them, which many times face exactly the same challenges of lack of resources, lack of services. So, I am pleased that most of the activities that I have visited today, be they in the health sector or in the training sector, benefit not only Burundian and Congolese refugees but Tanzanian citizens as well. This is important. We owe it to them. Having been such a generous host for decades, and I think it's a good investment for regional development, which ultimately, hopefully, will substitute conflict.”
23. Various shots, Grandi talking to woman making charcoal briquettes
24. Various shots, Grandi speaking to women
25. Various shots, Grandi speaking to youth in vocational school
26. Various shots, youth playing drums

STORYLINE:

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, urges more donor support for solutions and praises progress in refugee protection in Tanzania.

Grandi concluded a three-day visit to the United Republic of Tanzania on Friday (26 Aug) with a call for more donor support for solutions, including sustainable voluntary returns.

Tanzania currently hosts over 248,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Most reside in the Nduta and Nyarugusu refugee camps in the country’s Kigoma region.

Since September 2017, some 142,000 Burundian refugees have voluntarily returned to Burundi.

He commended Tanzania and its people for their longstanding history of welcoming and hosting refugees, as well as efforts in advancing protection and solutions for refugees in the country, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees.

In Nyarugusu refugee camp, in the northwest of the country, Grandi met with Burundian and Congolese refugees, partners, and local authorities.

He visited a vocational centre in the camp where refugees and Tanzanians from the nearby villages were learning practical skills such as tailoring and vegetable gardening side by side.

Grandi interacted with communities involved in a community biomass briquette production project, which aims to reduce the dependency on firewood and prevent environmental degradation.

He lauded the Tanzania Government’s recent efforts to issue birth certificates to refugee children, noting that the move would confer important legal protections on them and reduce the risk of statelessness while providing a form of identity when they return to their country of origin.

Grandi also witnessed how funding shortfalls directly impact humanitarian efforts on the ground.

As of August 2022, UNHCR had received only 27 percent of the resources needed in Tanzania for this year.
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