GREECE / REFUGEES

07-Feb-2019 00:02:47
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is helping the Greek government move thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers from Moria and other Reception and Identification Centres (RICs) on the Greek Aegean Islands to better shelters on the mainland. UNHCR
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STORY: GREECE / REFUGEES
TRT: 02:47
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / GREEK / NATS

DATELINE: 10 -11 DECEMBER 2018, MORIA AND MYTILENE PORT (LESVOS), PIRAEUS PORT (ATTICA), GREECE
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Mohammed and children wait at gates. Children wave to camera
2. Med shot, young girl waves to camera from behind fence
3. Med shot, tents destroyed by rain. Person carries supplies through rain
4. Close up, drainage pipe overflows onto street
5. Wide shot, refugees walk in rain through mud
6. Med shot, camera follows feet in sandals running through puddles
7. Med shot, man and two children sit with belongings, child wrapped in scarf
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Al Ahmad, Syrian Asylum Seeker:
“The situation in Moria is so bad which reminds me of the situation we faced in our home countries.”
9. Med shot, camera follows Mohammed and family leaving center with belongings
10. Close up, Mohammed’s wife
11. Med shot, child asleep in pushchair
12. Close up, Mohammed’s mother sobs in rain
13. Various shots, refugees queue in rain
14. Med shot, moving camera walks through gates towards tent shelters
15. Wide shot, man in raincoat walks through puddles past camera
16. Med shot, Mohammed and others load belongings onto bus
17. Med shot, from inside bus, Mohammed loads belongings
18. Various shots, Mohammed’s family inside bus
19. Pan right, Mohammed, brother and children on bus, wave goodbye to center
20. Various shots, refugee center through bus window, moving shot
21. Close up, Mohammed films road from his seat on the bus
22. Wide shot, bus pulls into ferry port
23. Close up, departure sign on ferry
24. Various shots, Mohammed carries bags onto ferry alongside children
25. Med shot, Mohammed and family board deck of ferry
26. Tilt down, from sky to coastline from ferry deck
27. SOUNDUP (Arabic) Mohammed Al Ahmad, Syrian Asylum Seeker (Arabic):
“Come on, say goodbye to Mytilene.”
28. SOUNDUP (English) Mohammed’s Daughter:
“Goodbye Mytilene.”
29. Close up, sea water behind boat
30. Various shots, hands side-on taking photos of coastline on phone
31. Wide shot, approaching coastline
32 Med shot, couple on deck looking at coastline
33. Wide shot, passengers leaving ferry onto land
34. Med shot, men hug as reunited from ferry
35. Wide shot, Mohammed and family met by UNHCR staff as they disembark ferry
36. Various shots, refugees carrying belongings disembark and are greeted by UNHCR staff
37. Med shot, Mohammed and family wave to camera
STORYLINE
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is helping the Greek government move thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers from Moria and other Reception and Identification Centres (RICs) on the Greek Aegean Islands to better shelters on the mainland.

Some 13,000 people have moved since early September 2018 from the islands to reception sites, hotels, and apartments on the mainland. UNHCR, with funding from the European Commission, assists in the transfers by bussing people to and from sea ports and organizing ferry tickets. Later in 2019, these activities will be handed over to the Greek authorities.

Lesvos and Samos have been given priority for the so-called decongestion operation over other islands as the RICs of Moria and Vathy are in desperate straits. More than half of all transfers have taken place from Moria.

In December alone, over 1,700 asylum seekers were transferred from Lesvos with UNHCR support, after they were authorized to move by the Greek government. Among them were Mohammed Al Ahmad, 33, from Syria’s volatile Idlib province, along with his four young children, pregnant wife and elderly mother. Their destination, together with some 200 asylum seekers, is a former resort beside northern Greece’s Lake Volvi.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Al Ahmad, Syrian Asylum Seeker:
“The situation in Moria is so bad which reminds me of the situation we faced in our home countries.”

Mohammed and his family faced a chilling winter in Moria Reception Centre. Winter on the Greek Aegean Islands brought flooding and freezing temperatures. With the help of UNHCR the family have been given a fresh start on mainland Greece.

UNHCR has helped to move thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers to warmer, dryer shelters.

Since transfers have accelerated, Moria’s population has fallen below 5,000 for the first time since April 2018 - but is still operating at twice its capacity. Authorities have increased their efforts to improve conditions but there are still many waiting for a safer, warmer and healthier place of refuge.
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