TANZANIA / REFUGEES GRANDI VISIT

11-Feb-2019 00:04:58
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, urged for greater support for Tanzania, which has hosted refugees for decades, focusing on priorities such as environmental protection and economic development. UNHCR
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TITLE: TANZANIA / REFUGEES GRANDI VISIT
TRT: 04:58
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / SWAHILI / NATS

DATELINE: 7 FEBRUARY 2019, NYARUGUSU, TANZANIA / FILE
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot of, common market
2. Med shot, refugee and host community vendors at market
3. Close up, carrots
4. Various shots, refugees and host community market
5. Med shot, UN High Commissioner for Refugees greeting refugees
6. Med shot, High Commissioner greeting a baby in crowd
7. Tracking shot, High Commissioner waving at refugees
8. Med shot, vendors carrying fish as crowd passes
9. Med shot, High Commissioner at Selemani Boaz’ shop
10. Close up, Boaz talking
11. Med shot, High Commissioner talking to Boaz and his brother in the shop
12. Close up, High Commissioner listening
13. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Boaz Selemani, Congolese Refugee:
“the common market helps us interact with different people, even from outside the camp, especially Tanzanians. There is a lot of diplomacy at the market. We get to know each other, and this helps to unite us.”
14. Various shots, High Commissioner talking to refugees
15. Various shots, Rachel Nyamuhoza carrying firewood on her head
16. Close up, Rachel’s feet as she walks
17. Med shot, Rachel carrying firewood on her head and child on her back
18. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Rachel Nyamuhoza, Burundi Refugee:
“Cutting trees is not good, the authorities do not allow it. The trees are important.”
19. Various shots, Rachel placing firewood in stove for fire
20. Close up, Rachel blowing fire
21. SOUNDBITE (English) High Commissioner for Refugees:
“After so many years a certain impatience that we need to manage. We need to help the government bear the responsibility of this hospitality, which is very expensive. You know, people always think of donors giving money, but the host country is the one that gives the most resources.”
22. Various shots, Apolina Nyassa, Congolese refugee going into refugee housing unit
23. Various shots, Apolina and High Commissioner
24. Wide shot, Apolina siting outside refugee housing unit
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Apolina Nyassa, Congolese Refugee:
“I danced that day, I danced and danced. Cars came here with the people that built it. As they built it, I danced, when they were done, I went in and fell asleep.”
26. Various shots, camp
27. Various shots, High Commissioner walking through camp during visit
28. SOUNDBITE (English) High Commissioner for Refugees:
“There has been a restriction in the policies here and we want to work with the government so that whatever they do is done in accordance as they say they want to do, with international principles and all those conventions that Tanzania has signed.”
29. Various shots, refugees in camp
30. SOUNDBITE (English) High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Conditions are still uncertain in both Congo and in Burundi. Some people volunteer to go back and those need support, not only our support which we provide but donor support especially when they go back home so that it becomes sustainable, but others are still waiting, and I think it is important that nobody is forced back, that repatriation remains a voluntary exercise and we will continue to discuss with the government.”
31. Various shots, Boaz in his shop, taking stock of merchandise
32. Various shots, customer buying goods from Boaz’ shop
33. Close up, customer at shop
STORYLINE
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, urged for greater support for Tanzania, which has hosted refugees for decades, focusing on priorities such as environmental protection and economic development.

Grandi was on a four-day visit to Tanzania – his first as High Commissioner - where he expressed gratitude to the government and its people for their hospitality. He also welcomed Tanzania’s continued commitment to uphold international obligations to provide protection and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

Tanzania hosts 330,000 refugees – 74 percent of them are asylum seekers are from Burundi, and the other 26 percent are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The vast majority live in camps close to the border areas, and many have been there for decades.

Grandi met with refugees in Nyarugusu camp, which hosts 150,000 refugees. He visited a common market that brings together traders from the refugee camp and their host communities where he met 40-year-old Boaz Selemani, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who owns a retail shop.

Once a week, hundreds of traders from the camp and the host community come together so everyone can benefit.

SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Boaz Selemani, Congolese Refugee:
“the common market helps us interact with different people, even from outside the camp, especially Tanzanians. There is a lot of diplomacy at the market. We get to know each other, and this helps to unite us.”

The High Commissioner also heard about the many challenges refugees face, particularly the needs for better health care, education and shelter.

Scarce resources for energy was a particular worry.

Women talked of walking long distances to retrieve firewood, and authorities expressed concern about deforestation in the area.

SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Rachel Nyamuhoza, Burundi Refugee:
“Cutting trees is not good, the authorities do not allow it. The trees are important.”

The high commissioner pledged to mobilize resources to ease pressure on the environment where refugees and hosts share resources.

SOUNDBITE (English) High Commissioner for Refugees:
“After so many years a certain impatience that we need to manage. We need to help the government bear the responsibility of this hospitality, which is very expensive. You know, people always think of donors giving money, but the host country is the one that gives the most resources.”

Grandi then met with 86-year-old Apolina Nyassa, another refugee from Congo who has benefitted from a program that distributes pre-packed shelter units made by Ikea, to vulnerable refugees.

SOUNDBITE (English) Apolina Nyassa, Congolese Refugee:
“I danced that day, I danced and danced. Cars came here with the people that built it. As they built it, I danced, when they were done, I went in and fell asleep.”

One program distributes durable shelters provided by furniture company, Ikea.

Tanzania has a decades-long tradition of hosting refugees.

Earlier in the week, Grandi met with the president and government leaders and welcomed their commitment to uphold their international obligations to provide protection and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

SOUNDBITE (English) High Commissioner for Refugees:
“There has been a restriction in the policies here and we want to work with the government so that whatever they do is done in accordance as they say they want to do, with international principles and all those conventions that Tanzania has signed.”

While over 57,000 Burundian refugees have voluntarily chosen to return home since 2017 the High Commissioner stressed that any returns must be voluntary and that more needs to be done to help those that do choose to go home.

SOUNDBITE (English) High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Conditions are still uncertain in both Congo and in Burundi. Some people volunteer to go back and those need support, not only our support which we provide but donor support especially when they go back home so that it becomes sustainable, but others are still waiting, and I think it is important that nobody is forced back, that repatriation remains a voluntary exercise and we will continue to discuss with the government.”

High Commissioner Grandi also welcomed Tanzania’s adoption of the new UN Global Compact on Refugees, which calls for more inclusion of refugees where they are hosted, and stronger support for host countries so they can continue to extend generosity towards people seeking asylum.
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