PERU / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES

14-Dec-2018 00:02:05
Over 500,000 Venezuelans have arrived in Peru since 2015. Beyond food and shelter, many are in need of further support to help them shoulder the responsibility of caring for others. UNHCR

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STORY: PERU / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES
TRT: 01:37
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: SPANISH /NATS

DATELINE: 9-10 OCTOBER 2018, LIMA, PERU
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Migsoe Moreno and her daughter enter to the conference room
2. Wide shot, the conference room with people listening
3. Med shot, Venezuelans sitting on the floor
4. Wide shot, Venezuelans sitting on the floor
5. Med shot, Venezuelan man shouts: three soles three soles!
6. Med shot, Venezuelan man carrying blue box, announces “two soles: tequeños!”
7. Med shot, Migsoe Moreno standing talking to Julio from back
8. Med shot, Migsoe Moreno standing listening to Julio from front
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Migsoe Moreno, Venezuelan:
‘We are prepared people and we came to give our best. We did not come to take anything from anyone, but to contribute what we know, so we can all help each other.”
10. Med shot, Migsoe Moreno caresses her daughter
11. Med shot, man and woman talking each other
12. Close up, Migsoe Moreno wipes his tears
13. Med shot, group of Venezuelans listening and woman with baby watching her cellphone
14. Wide shot, Julio Rondinel talking in front of Venezuelans
15. Med shot, Venezuelans listening to Julio Rondinel
16. Wide shot, Venezuelans paying attention
17. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Julio Rondinel, Psychologist:
“They represent the hope for the whole family to survive. Being here means ‘I came to save the others.’”
18. Close up, young woman with black hair listening
19. Wide shot Venezuelan man in pink selling
20. Wide shot, Square with Peruvian flag
21. Wide shot, Building of the migration offices
22. Med shot, Signboard in the building "Superintendency of Migrations of Peru".
23. Med shot, Migsoe Moreno caresses her daughter, zoom in to daughter
24. Close up, girl face
STORYLINE
Over 500,000 Venezuelans have arrived in Peru since 2015. Beyond food and shelter, many are in need of further support to help them shoulder the responsibility of caring for others.

Since the troubles in Venezuela began more than three years ago, over two million Venezuelans have left their country. Over 500,000 have travelled to Peru, the highest arrivals figure after Colombia, which has nearly one million Venezuelans within its territory. Peru has also become the top destination country for Venezuelans seeking refugee protection, with over 150,000 asylum requests.

In the streets of Lima, the number of informal vendors has multiplied since 2015. The newcomers are mostly Venezuelans and they are easy to recognize – they wear caps with a shiny V on the front and jackets with their homeland’s yellow, blue and red flag across their chest. They also sell atypical products for Peruvians, like Venezuelan pastries and arepas, a national staple made from maize flour.

Venezuelan refugees and migrants arriving in Peru are in dire need of advice and support. Beyond food and shelter, the difficult journeys they have gone through has had a lasting impact on their mental health.

Migsoe came to Peru to protect her daughters. Like thousands of other Venezuelans, she was forced to leave her home. Migsoe was a schoolteacher, and now sells food on the streets.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Migsoe Moreno, Venezuelan:
‘We are prepared people and we came to give our best. We did not come to take anything from anyone, but to contribute what we know, so we can all help each other.”

The struggle to find work and provide for family takes a toll on young and old alike. At this centre in Lima, families receive counselling and support.

Psychologist Julio Rondinel sees new arrivals struggle with emotional challenges.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Julio Rondinel, Psychologist:
“They represent the hope for the whole family to survive. Being here means ‘I came to save the others.’”

Over 150,000 Venezuelans have applied for asylum since 2015. Others have sought a temporary residency permit. All seeking the prospect of stability and peace of mind.
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