TURKEY / SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMEN

16-Feb-2018 00:01:29
A Syrian refugee women choir has recently released their first CD in Turkey. They sing songs about precious memory from their home country. UNHCR
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STORY: TURKEY / SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMEN
TRT: 01:29
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 13 AND 14 FEBRRUARY 2018, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
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14 FEBRRUARY 2018, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

1. Various shots, refugee women arriving at the community centre2
2. Wide shot, refugee women singing

13 FEBRRUARY 2018, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

3. Various shots, Hevin looking out the window
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hevin, Syrian Refugee:
"We were hostages for three days. We saw death with our own eyes.”
5. Various shots, Hevin with her daughter
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hevin, Syrian Refugee:
“I decided not to stay in Syria for a minute, for the sake of my children."
7. Various shots, Hevin and her daughter in the bedroom

14 FEBRRUARY 2018, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

8. Various shots, Hevin and other refugees in the bus
9. Wide shot, refugees in the bus
10. Various shots, refugee meeting with the High Commissioner
STORYLINE
A Syrian refugee women choir has recently released their first CD in Turkey. They sing songs about precious memory from their home country.

Hevin fled rural Aleppo five years ago. In flight, her family was taken by armed groups.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hevin, Syrian Refugee:
"We were hostages for three days. We saw death with our own eyes. I decided not to stay in Syria for a minute, for the sake of my children."

Turkey gave Hevin's family and millions of Syrians refugees a safe haven.

But there are many challenges.

On his latest visit to Turkey, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met with the women’s choir that Hevin is in and took notes of their needs.

These women have found joy through song.

They refuse to let the horrors and the struggle of exile defeats them.

According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), Turkey hosts over 3.5 million Syrian Refugees as well as hundreds of thousands who fled conflict and instability in countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Around 70 per cent of Turkey's refugee population is comprised of women and children. More than 90 per cent of refugees in the country live outside camps in urban and rural areas across the country, alongside their Turkish hosts.

Syrians were granted the right to work in 2016, and while the language barrier presents a challenge for many in finding a job, the authorities have also organised language courses and vocational training. There are almost a million school-aged Syrian children in the country. 60 % are enrolled, mostly in public schools. The goal is to reach 100%.
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