UNHCR / DEAF REFUGEE BOYS

01-Feb-2018 00:03:12
Syrian refugee brothers Mohamed and Issam have been deaf since birth. A twitter video that went viral thrust their case into the spotlight. The Kuwaiti Red Crescent has funded a life-changing operation that allows them to hear for the first time. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / DEAF REFUGEE BOYS
TRT: 03:12
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 01 JUNE 2017 JIYEH AND HAZMIEH, LEBANON / 01 AUGUST 2017 JIYEH AND HAZMIEH, LEBANON / OCTOBER 12, 2017 JIYEH AND HAZMIEH
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, Badrieh and her 3 children Mohamad, Issam and Haneen packing clothes before going to the surgery
2. Close up, Issam watching his mother packing his clothes into bag with a pan to Mohamed his older brother
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
“Someone from UNHCR contacted me. He said they will do a surgery for my children. I couldn’t believe it. I just started crying. I didn’t know if they were tears of sadness or joy.”
4. Wide shot, kids playing with phone before leaving to surgery.
5. Med shot, Badrie dowing sign language to Mohammed explaining him that he will have an implant in his ear
6. Med shot, Mohammed watching videos on his father’s phone
7. Close up, video of Rima Maktabi doing sign language to Mohammed
8. Close up, screen recording of Rima Maktabi’s twitter account with the video where she chats with Issam in Jiyeh
9. Med shot, nurse preparing Issam to surgery
10. Med shot, nurse checking Mohammed’s height
11. Med shot, Mohammed and Issam laying in hospital beds moments before the operation
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
“I am happy that they will soon be able to speak just like any other child.”
13. Various shots, nurses in green clothes in the Hospital’s corridors taking Mohammed and Issam to surgery
14. Med shot, Mohammed and Issam walking in the field.
15. Various shots, with up sound Mohammed and Issam counting to 4.
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
‘’They are very happy. They can’t believe that they are able to hear.’’
17. Various shots, the family sitting together and the kids playing with a music instrument.
18. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
‘They already missed a lot. The most important thing for them is to speak, read and write.”
19. Close up, the hearing device on Mohammed’s head
20. Med shot, Mohamed and Issa sitting next to each other
21. Close up, Mohammed reacting and laughing to Issa.
STORYLINE
Born deaf and living as Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Mohamed and his brother Issam were struggling to make the most of their lives. But last year, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) organised a media influencer mission to Lebanon where the boys had the chance to meet the popular Arab journalist Rima Maktabi.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
“Someone from UNHCR contacted me. He said they will do a surgery for my children. I couldn’t believe it. I just started crying. I didn’t know if they were tears of sadness or joy.”

It is four am at dawn, Mohamed and Issam are getting ready for their cochlear implants operation.

If successful, they will be able to hear for the first time ever.

[Rima MaKtabi, in sign language, telling one of the boy: ‘’You are very handsome’’.]
[Bo, in sign language, saying: ‘’You are pretty too’’.]

Moved by their story, Maktabi posted a video tweet featuring the boys interacting with her silently.

The tweet travelled well and reached the Kuwaiti Red Crescent who offered to pay for the almost $55,000 surgery.

UNHCR partner Makhzoumi Foundation helped make it happen.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
“I am happy that they will soon be able to speak just like any other child.’’

The surgery was a success.

UPSOUND: Mohamed speaking …counting in Arabic: one, two, three.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
“They are very happy. They can’t believe that they are able to hear.’’

The boys are attending a special school and are slowly exploring sounds.

UPSOUND: Mohamed and Issam playing a toy guitar

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Badriyeh, Syrian refugee:
“They already missed a lot. The most important thing for them is to speak, read and write.”

Now that Mohamed and Issam can finally hear, the world is theirs to discover.
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