UNICEF / LEBANON SYRIAN REFUGEES

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17-Mar-2014 00:04:07
As the relentless conflict entered its fourth year on March 15th, the heads of leading aid agencies traveled to the Bekaa valley in Eastern Lebanon to meet with Syrian families living in limbo. More than 1,000 refugees have taken shelter on this strip of muddy lowland next to a polluted stream. UNICEF

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STORY: UNICEF / LEBANON SYRIAN REFUGEES
TRT: 4.07
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 15 MARCH 2014, BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, mother and child standing by a clothes line
2. Med shot, mother with daughter on her lap eating bread
3. Wide shot, Syrian refugee children in informal tented settlement
4. Wide shot, girls standing and talking by tents
5. Various shots, UNICEF Executive Director walking in the Faida informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees
6. Various shots, UNICEF Executive Director and Save the Children’s Chief Executive Justin Forsyths inside a tent, talking to a family
7. Wide shot, girl standing by cans in the settlement
8. Wide shot, stagnant water with filth
9. SOUNDBITE (English) ANTHONY LAKE, UNICEF Executive Director:
“Well, you can see for yourself what the conditions are like here, and sometimes the families have been here for 2 years, 3 years. My greatest impression has been, as always, just how strong the children are.
10. Wide shot, little girl with wooden stick
11. Med shot, boy standing with book
12. Close shot, children playing the piano and singing
13. Med shot, child reading out loud in class
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director:
“They still have bright visions but they are learning here in a school without enough books and without enough teachers, crammed into these little rooms and they are falling behind and if we don’t do more act more quickly they will never be able to recover the education that they are losing over the last couple of years.”
15. Med shot, children in classroom
16. Med shot, children raising their hands to answer a question
17. Med shot, Syrian girl reading from a book, teacher standing by
18. Wide shot, board
19. Med shot, time table on board
20. Wide shot, teacher in class, pointing to blackboard as kids raise hands
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Conny Lenneberg, World Vision International’s regional leader for the Middle East and Eastern Europe:
“It’s just been very moving to meet with children who work 7-8 hours a day and then are still going to school because they say that studying is more important than anything else. These children want to have a future and they know that education is their key to the future.
22. Wide shot, children in classroom
23. Wide shot, sitting in the outdoors
24. Med shot, girl with her hand to her mouth in the foreground, Syrian refugee men in the background
25. Med shot, Guterres, speaking to a family inside a tent
26. Wide shot, Syrian refugees in the informal settlement
27. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
"My appeal to the international community is to massively support the Syrian refugees and the Syrians displaced inside the country, especially the children. International solidarity is a must. This is not a problem only for the Syrian and the Lebanese. This is a responsibility for everybody around the world."
28. Wide shot, Syrian refugee children in informal tented settlement
29. Wide shot, girls standing and talking by tents

STORYLINE:

Some of these families have been here for nearly three years, but it’s still hard for them to accept that they are refugees and that these makeshift camps in Lebanon are their homes for an indeterminate future.

These Syrians have watched their cities crumble and streets turn into battlefields.

As the relentless conflict entered its fourth year on March 15th, the heads of leading aid agencies traveled to the Bekaa valley in Eastern Lebanon to meet with Syrian families living in limbo.
More than 1,000 refugees have taken shelter on this strip of muddy lowland next to a polluted stream.

SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director:

“Well, you can see for yourself what the conditions are like here, and sometimes the families have been here for 2 years, 3 years. My greatest impression is been, as always, just how strong the children are. They still have bright visions but they are learning here in a school without enough books and without enough teachers, crammed into these little rooms and they are falling behind and if we don’t do more act more quickly they will never be able to recover the education that they are losing over the last couple of years.”

Nearly 400 children between the ages of 6 and 14 attend non-formal educational classes at centers like this one, organized by UNICEF and its local partner.

These include basic literacy and numeracy classes, English lessons, psychological support and recreational activities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Conny Lenneberg, World Vision International’s regional leader for the Middle East and Eastern Europe:

“It’s just been very moving to meet with children who work 7-8 hours a day and then are still going to school because they say that studying is more important than anything else. These children want to have a future and they know that education is their key to the future.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea Koppel, Mercy Corps’ Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy:

“We need to make sure that their emotional well-being is being addressed, that they are getting the life-skills that they need, that they are getting the work and vocational training that they need.// We need to prepare them and lay the foundation right now for what they’re going to need to build productive lives one day when they are able to return to their country.”

More than a million Syrian children are now living as refugees in host countries, almost half a million in Lebanon alone.
Today, Syrians represent the largest population of forcibly displaced people in the world.

SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:

“The Syrian people have always been very generous. Just a few years, Syria was the second largest refugee receiving country in the world and the Syrians always shared everything with the people that came to Syria. They didn’t live in camps, they didn’t live in tents, they were received by the Syrian people. You see children working, you see children begging, to see the Syrian people suffering so much really breaks our hearts.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director:

“So what can UNICEF do, well UNICEF can do, is doing and will do everything that can, and it’s not enough but we need to keep working on it and to encourage others to help us do all absolutely what we can.”

SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:

“My appeal to the international community is to massively support the Syrian refugees and the Syrians displaced inside the country, especially the children. International solidarity is a must. This is not a problem only for the Syrian and the Lebanese. This is a responsibility for everybody around the world.”
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