EGYPT / REFUGEES CEREBRAL PALSY

01-Feb-2019 00:02:07
Syrian refugees Wafika and Taha have lived most of their lives indoors, struggling to move, communicate and interact with people around them. Facing a lack of specialised services for people living with disability, the parents are pleading to be resettled to provide better care for their children. UNHCR
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STORY: EGYPT / REFUGEES CEREBRAL PALSY
TRT: 2:07
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 24 JANUARY 2019, CAIRO, EGYPT
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24 JANUARY 2019, CAIRO, EGYPT

1. Tilt down, Wafika sitting on matress
2. Med shot, Wafika covering herself with blanket
3. Close up, Taha’s face
4. Close up, Taha and father
5. Wide shot, Maysa feeding daughter Wafika
6. Wide shot, Maysa helping Taha drink water
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“I shave his beard, bath him, and change his clothes. He won’t allow anyone else to shower him. He only allows me to feed him.”
8. Med shot, Maysa feeding Taha
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“My heart is aching for them and I just wish I could offer them something. I haven’t been able to offer them anything.”
10. Wide shot, Maysa giving medicine to Taha
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Samir Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“Because we are unable to provide them enough support here, we are hoping to be resettled to be able to secure a good life for my family and especially the two children.”
12. Wide shot, Wafika crawling onto mattress
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“It is hard to move them in wheelchairs because the roads are not well equipped for them.”
14. Med shot, Wafika’s brother putting her in wheelchair
15. Wide shot, Wafika’s brother bringing her down stairs in wheelchair
16. Wide shot, father sitting outside next to Wafika
17. Rack focus, from Samir to Maysa crying
18. Wide shot, Maysa crying
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“I appreciate her a lot. What she is doing is heroic.”
20. Wide shot, family sitting together
21. Close up, Taha
22. Med shot, Wafika sitting on mattress
STORYLINE
Syrian refugees Wafika and Taha have lived most of their lives indoors, struggling to move, communicate and interact with people around them. Facing a lack of specialised services for people living with disability, the parents are pleading to be resettled to provide better care for their children.

Born with cerebral palsy – a neurological disorder affecting their sight, speech, hearing and movement, Wafika, 35, and Taha, 25, need special medical and social care. Originally from Damascus, the family fled the war in Syria in 2013 and sought shelter in Egypt.

Their mother Maysa provides the siblings with all their daily needs. She said every morning she changes Wafika’s diaper, showers her and change her clothes. Taha is also very attached to her.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“I shave his beard, bath him, and change his clothes. He won’t allow anyone else to shower him. He only allows me to feed him.”

Maysaa said she would like to provide her children with better opportunities, better therapy, and better treatment.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“My heart is aching for them and I just wish I could offer them something. I haven’t been able to offer them anything.”

Their father Samir developed back problems from carrying his children around.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Samir Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“Because we are unable to provide them enough support here, we are hoping to be resettled to be able to secure a good life for my family and especially the two children.”

Accessibility is a major problem for the siblings and their family’s daily life.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“It is hard to move them in wheelchairs because the roads are not well equipped for them.”

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said resettlement could also benefit the rest of the family opening up access to employment and education and freeing up resources for the agency to improve the situation of more refugees in Egypt.

Samir said he wishes he could ease the pressure on his wife.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maysaa Al Sayed, Syrian refugee:
“I appreciate her a lot. What she is doing is heroic.”

UNHCR said expanded resettlement and complementary safe and legal pathways are among the ways communities around the world could help share responsibility for refugees at a time of record forced displacement.

UNHCR implements resettlement programmes in more than 65 countries of asylum worldwide and estimates that 1.4 million refugees will need resettlement in 2019 globally, a 17% increase from 2018.
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