DRC / GRANDI REFUGEES

13-Apr-2018 00:04:06
During a visit to Rwanda and Burundi, UN Refugee Chief Filippo Grandi met with Congolese refugees and praised the host countries for their continued hospitality. He also called for renewed global efforts to find and support long-term solutions for those who are displaced. UNHCR
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STORY: DRC / GRANDI REFUGEES
TRT: 04:06
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRCITION: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 8 APRIL 2018, GIHEMBE, RWANDA / 11 APRIL 2018, MUSASA REFUGEE CAMP, BURUNDI / 11 APRIL 2018, RETURNEE TRANSIT CENTER, HIGIRO, BURUNDI
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8 APRIL 2018, GIHEMBE, RWANDA

1. Various shots, refugee camp
2. Wide shot, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi walking
3. Various shots, Grandi talking to refugees
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I think there has to be more recognition of this effort that has been going on for many years. So the generosity of host communities often sharing meagre resources and of host countries needs to be recognised. But then this generosity should not be taken for granted, these countries need support.”
5. Various shots, Grandi meeting Lubingo Ibulisho, DR Congo Refugee
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Lubingo Ibulisho, DR Congo Refugee:
“How do you go from zero to be someone, the calculations are there, what profits can be made, what expense is needed and that’s where UNHCR helped. They gave me the training and help with an advance to be able to get going.”

11 APRIL 2018, MUSASA REFUGEE CAMP, BURUNDI

7. Various shots, view of camp
8. Various shots, Grandi seated, listening to Ruzigama Gentil, DR Congo Refugee
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Ruzigama Gentil, DR Congo Refugee:
“No work, Even if I have luck and get my High School diploma, I can’t work and no more studies, there is no work, when you work it helps you in life.”
10. Wide shot, Grandi seated with refugees and UNHCR officials
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The future is theirs to build. And we need to help them to do that, not just hand out relief items and food. But also help them learn jobs, help them to have a better education, help them have more mobility in the country so that they can go and look for employment, help the local community improve their own economy so that it can absorb an additional number of people.”
12. Various shots, refugees at the camp

11 APRIL 2018, RETURNEE TRANSIT CENTER, HIGIRO, BURUNDI

13. Various shots, refugees at the centre
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“What are needed are two things, one is security, people need to be confident that there is security, and two a good program of reintegration so that they can rebuild their lives in their home country.”
15. Various shots, refugees standing in line
STORYLINE
There are over 750,000 Congolese refugees spread across 15 countries in Africa.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited Rwanda and Burundi, two countries hosting some of the largest and oldest Congolese refugee communities.

Many have lived in exile for at least a decade. Some for more than twenty years

Grandi thanked the host countries for their hospitality and urged more global support for long-term solutions.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I think there has to be more recognition of this effort that has been going on for many years. So the generosity of these host countries and host communities who are sharing meager resources needs to be recognized. But then this generosity should not be taken for granted, these countries need support.”

In Rwanda he met with Lubingo Ibulisho who is living in Gihimbe refugee camp. As a refugee Lubingo received skills training, Now he’s a successful carpenter

SOUNDBITE (French) Lubingo Ibulisho, DR Congo Refugee:
“How do you go from zero to be someone, the calculations are there, what profits can be made, what expense is needed and that’s where UNHCR helped… they gave me the training and help with an advance to be able to get going.”

In Burundi, the high commissioner met with groups of young refugees, who told him they need better opportunities.

Ruzigama Gentil arrived as a child. Now as an adult, he and other young people are appealing for education, training and other support, to help them provide for themselves.

SOUNDBITE (French) Ruzigama Gentil, DR Congo Refugee:
“No work, even if I have luck and get my High School diploma, I can’t work and no more studies, there is no work, when you work it helps you in life.”

The High Commissioner said the challenges these young people face are examples of why humanitarian and development agencies must provide assistance that helps both refugees and the often poor communities hosting them, not just survive, but thrive

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The future is theirs to build. And we need to help them to do that, not just hand out relief items and food. But also help them learn jobs, help them to have a better education, help them to have better mobility in the country so that they can go out and look for employment, help the local community so that their own economy can absorb an additional number of people.”

While Burundi continues to receive refugees primarily from the Congo, there are also some former Burundian refugees choosing to return home.

The High Commission met with some of those who choose to return.

He stressed that the choice must be voluntary, with refugees being well-informed about conditions inside the country before returning. Those who do choose to return voluntary must receive support with reintegration

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“What are needed are two things: one is security, people need to be confident that there is security; and two, a good program of reintegration so that people can rebuild their lives in their own country

High Commissioner Grandi ended his trip to the region, which included a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, with an appeal to the international community. He urged them not to forget the needs of millions of people, who continue to be affected by some of the world’s most complex, and long-term displacement crises.
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