UNHCR / BURUNDI REFUGEES

14-Jan-2019 00:03:15
Alexis Rokundo and his family fled political violence in Burundi two years ago but have since decided to return home to rebuild their lives. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / BURUNDI REFUGEES
TRT: 3:15
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: KISWAHILI / NATS

DATELINE: SEPTEMBER 2018, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA / JULY 2017, RWANDA
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SEPTEMBER 2018, KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA

1. Wide shot, Burundian refugees folding sheets outside tent
2. Various shots, refugees packing suitcase
3. Various shots, refugees loading belongings on a motorcycle
4. Wide shot, Burundian refugee securing suitcase on motorcycle
5. Close up, mirror on motorcycle
6. Wide shot, motorcycle rides off
7. Various shots, refugees carrying bags before leaving camp
8. SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Alexis Rukundo, Burundian refugee:
“I left because there was violence. I wanted to be in a country where there was peace. I have been here in Kalobeiyei for one and a half years. Now I have heard that there is peace at home. What I ran away from is now over. I told my family that there is peace at home and we decided to go back.”
9. Med shot, Rukundo with his wife and children
10. Close up, Rukundo’s son
11. SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Alexis Rukundo, Burundian refugee:
“I have worked and saved up some money. When I get to Burundi, I want to start a life as a businessman.”
12. Various shots, Burundian refugees boarding plane
13. Wide shot, plane takes off

JULY 2017, MAHAMA CAMP, RWANDA

14. Wide shot, man carrying wood walking in camp
15. Wide shots, camp
16. Wide shot, child standing outside tent
17. Wide shot, woman washing dish outside tent
18. Wide shot, children playing
19. Pan right, camp

JULY 2017, NYANZA RECEPTION CENTER, RWANDA

20. Tilt down, family inside tent
21. Close up, boys
22. Wide shot, mother carrying child
23. Wide shot, child sleeping on bench
24. Close up, child sleeping on bench
25. Wide shot, children sitting outside tent
26. Med shot, children sitting on log
STORYLINE
Alexis Rokundo and his family fled political violence in Burundi two years ago but have since decided to return home to rebuild their lives.

The 29-year-old, his wife and their two children have been living in Kenya’s Kakuma camp since then, along with 13,000 other refugees and asylum seekers from Burundi.

SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Alexis Rukundo, Burundian refugee:
“I left because there was violence. I wanted to be in a country where there was peace. I have been here in Kalobeiyei for one and a half years. Now I have heard that there is peace at home. What I ran away from is now over. I told my family that there is peace at home and we decided to go back.”

Rukundo ran a transport business in Kakuma, taking advantage of the inclusive policies of the camp’s Kalobeiyei settlement where refugees are encouraged to economically and socially interact with their host communities.

SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Alexis Rukundo, Burundian refugee:
“I have worked and saved up some money. When I get to Burundi, I want to start a life as a businessman.”

Rokundo and his family were among a group of 280 refugees to leave the settlement and return home through a voluntary repatriation programme late last year.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners are launching an appeal on Tuesday for funding to protect Burundian refugees and support the countries that host them. UNHCR said the Burundian refugee crisis was the least funded crisis in the world.
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