GEORGIA / SUMMER CAMP

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Summer camp is a yearly ritual in many parts of the world, but in the Republic of Georgia- a new camp has been started to help the youth who lost their homes find way to rebuild their confidence and regain their optimism. UNHCR

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STORY: GEORGIA / SUMMER CAMP
TRT: 3.13
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: GEORGIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 26 JULY 2009, NEAR GORI, GEORGIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, tents at the camp in mountains
2. Various shots, woman entering tent
3. Med shot, young woman inside tent
4. Tilt up, Davit cutting wood
5. SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Davit Chovelidze, Displaced in 2008:
“The first time I was displaced I was 2 years old in the 1991 conflict. We fled from Tskinvali and then we went to another village. In 2008 we were displaced again and so for the second time my family had to start a new life with one knife and one plate.”
6. Various shots, playing cards
7. Various shots, preparing food
8. SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Teona Tedeshvili, Displaced in 2008:
“We can forget everything here- especially in a psychological aspect. One is away from town- we are only with other young people and we have a good time and this is especially important when the anniversary is approaching- it helps us.”

FILE – UNHCR, AUGUST 2008 GEORGIA

9. Various shots, archival footage of conflict in Georgia

26 JULY 2009, NEAR GORI, GEORGIA

10. Various shots, summer camp in mountains-
11. Med shot, young man setting tent
12. Wide shot, camp with tents
13. Various shots, playing volleyball
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Zaza Tsotniashvili, President, Gori University:
“I think this is a very successful project because our students, especially refugee students are very happy here and for rehabilitation, psychological rehabilitation here it's very important I think.”
15. Various shots, serving food
16. Various shots, people eating inside tent
17. SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Davit Chovelidze, Displaced in 2008:
“I think it will be very useful for other young people for their psychological rehabilitation and will help them to develop themselves and to go further.”
18. Wide shot, camp from a distance


STORYLINE:

Most of the university students here were victims of last year’s war. Many lost their homes and are now living in temporary accommodation.

This camp offers them an escape from the traumatic memories of the bombardments. Davit’s family was uprooted for a second time.

SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Davit Chovelidze, Displaced in 2008:
“The first time I was displaced I was two years old in the 1991 conflict. We fled from Tskinvali and then we went to another village. In 2008 we were displaced again and so for the second time my family had to start a new life with one knife and one plate.”

Davit says that being on his own with other young people has taught him a lot. And spending time in the mountains has allowed him to rediscovered the beauty of nature.

Teona’s family also lost their home last year. She says the camps gives the young people needed distance from the city and political problems.

SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Teona Tedeshvili, Displaced in 2008:
“We can forget everything here- especially in a psychological aspect. One is away from town- we are only with other young people and we have a good time and this is especially important when the anniversary is approaching- it helps us.”

The August 2008 conflict was short but brutal. An estimated 192,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Most of these young people are now living in temporary accommodation. The summer camp allows them to forget for awhile about the pain of losing everything.

NAT SOUND VOLLEYBALL

These young Georgians learn how to work together, solve problems, to think independently and take responsibility. The week long camp also features some seminars on leadership and management.

The camp is a pilot project. It was made possible through contributions from the UN refugee agency and the University of Gori. The university’s president says he wants to expand the camp in the future and make it a yearly event.

SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Zaza Tsotniashvili, President, Gori University:
“I think this is a very successful project because our students, especially refugee students are very happy here and for rehabilitation, psychological rehabilitation here it's very important I think.”

Davit also hopes the camp will become permanent because he says all youth need an outlet. He says there are so many other young men and women who could also benefit from the same experience.

SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Davit Chovelidze, Displaced in 2008:
“I think it will be very useful for other young people for their psychological rehabilitation and will help them to develop themselves and to go further.”
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