HUNGARY / REFUGEES ELDERLY CARE

08-Jan-2018 00:03:07
Refugees, training to look after the elderly in a Hungarian care home, are proving to be an asset to a society with a mixed record of welcoming asylum seekers. UNHCR
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STORY: HUNGARY / REFUGEES ELDERLY CARE
TRT: 30:07
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / HUNGARIAN

DATELINE: 04 DECEMBER 2017, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
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04 DECEMBER 2017, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

1. Wide shot, elderly woman welcoming Radwa and Rita
2. Wide shot, Radwa and Rita speaking to elderly woman
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Joy Osazee, Nigerian Refugee:
“I’m not a carer of kids. But if you tell me to take care about elderly people, oh, I like it! I don’t know why, I don’t know. I just love it!”
4. Wide shot, Rita kissing elderly woman
5. Close up, water being poured
6. Med shot, Rita handing elderly woman cup of water
7. Zoom out, Radwa and Rita speaking to elderly persons
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Joy Osazee, Nigerian Refugee:
“I want to take care of the elderly people here. This is what I want to do in life. Just taking care of them, if possible, if God blesses me, just to have a place where elderly people can come, and I’d help them.”
9. Wide shot, Radwa speaking to nurse
10. Various shots, Rita checking elderly woman’s blood pressure
11. SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Ilona Karpati, 93-year-old resident of the elderly home:
“I am happy to see them here. I know that they want to learn. If I can, I help them.”
12. Wide shot, Radwa and Rita speaking to Ilona
13. SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Ilona Karpati, 93-year-old resident of the elderly home:
“Everybody is equal. Nobody is bigger, nobody is more. And nobody is inferior than the other one. This is what I believe in.”
14. Zoom out, Rita standing at bedside of elderly woman
15. Wide shot, Radwa speaking to elderly woman
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Radwa Al Nazer, Syrian Refugee:
“When you see the change with people, and see how people are happy, you feel very happy.”
17. Wide shot, Radwa giving water to elderly woman
18. Close up, Radwa giving water to elderly woman
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Radwa Al Nazer, Syrian Refugee:
“I feel like a member here, not like a volunteer or someone just on a course. I feel like all, like my grandma and grandpa.”
20. Various shots, Radwa and Rita speaking to Ilona
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Joy Osazee, Nigerian Refugee:
“The main point is to grant them asylum, to accept the refugees. If they accept them, they would give back.”
22. Various shots, Radwa and Rita helping elderly woman
STORYLINE
Refugees, training to look after the elderly in a Hungarian care home, are proving to be an asset to a society with a mixed record of welcoming asylum seekers.

Rita and Radwa finished their training course at the Albert Schweitzer Reformed Elderly Home in Budapest which was organized by MigHelp, an NGO that aims to help refugees and migrants into employment by giving them skills to boost their chances of getting jobs. The age care course involved 60 hours of lectures and practice.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Joy Osazee, Nigerian Refugee:
“I’m not a carer of kids. But if you tell me to take care about elderly people, oh, I like it! I don’t know why, I don’t know. I just love it!”

Rita was a fruit seller back in Nigeria. After traffickers lured her to Greece, She made a difficult journey to safety and now aspires to a brighter future.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Joy Osazee, Nigerian Refugee:
“I want to take care of the elderly people here. This is what I want to do in life. Just taking care of them, if possible, if God blesses me, just to have a place where elderly people can come, and I’d help them.”

Ilona Karpati, a 93-year-old former resident of Canada is happy to be cared for by the refugees and enjoys the opportunity to strengthen her fading English with them.

SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Ilona Karpati, 93-year-old resident of the elderly home:
“I am happy to see them here. I know that they want to learn. If I can, I help them.”

She lived for 46 years in Canada before returning to her birthplace.

SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Ilona Karpati, 93-year-old resident of the elderly home:
“Everybody is equal. Nobody is bigger, nobody is more. And nobody is inferior than the other one. This is what I believe in.”

By caring for others, the refugees are starting to put behind them the traumas that forced them to flee their homes. Radwa and her family left Syria four years ago because of the war. They chose to come to Hungary because Radwa’s father had studied medicine in Communist times and spoke Hungarian.

SOUNDBITE (English) Radwa Al Nazer, Syrian Refugee:
“When you see the change with people, and see how people are happy, you feel very happy.”

Radwa, who studied psychology at Damascus University, has taught Arabic and done art work in Hungary.

SOUNDBITE (English) Radwa Al Nazer, Syrian Refugee:
“I feel like a member here, not like a volunteer or someone just on a course. I feel like all, like my grandma and grandpa.”

Rita said spent 15 months in Bicske reception centre before Hungary granted her asylum in 2016.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Joy Osazee, Nigerian Refugee:
“The main point is to grant them asylum, to accept the refugees. If they accept them, they would give back.”
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