UGANDA / REFUGEE MOTHER

18-Apr-2019 00:02:33
South Sudanese refugee Queen Chandia is able to take care of her family of 22 children in Uganda through a rice growing scheme, thanks to the generosity of a local farmer who was willing to share his land. UNHCR
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STORY: UGANDA / REFUGEE MOTHER
TRT: 2:33
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ACHOLI / NATS

DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2018, OLIGI SETTLEMENT, UGANDA
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, Queen Chandia
2. Various shots, Queen in her field
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“With farming you can even dig, you can even sow some green vegetables then you can eat, which means when you are self-reliant you can do everything on your own.”
4. Various shots, Queen’s children in the farm
5. Med shot, Samuel Lagu walking through rice field
6. SOUNDBITE (Acholi) Lagu Samuel, Queen’s landlord:
“When we were in South Sudan, I remembered how kind they were to us, so I felt I should help them here in Uganda. And Queen was one of those who asked me for some land, so I gave her some land, so she could do some farming.”
7.Wide shot, Samuel’s land
8. Various shots, people working the land
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Minoru Yoshino, Japan International Cooperation Agency “Rice is a food crop and a cash crop. From the rice cultivation, the rice cultivation contributes to food security for them and it improves their livelihoods.”
10. Wide shot, Queen lifting her child
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“Whatever knowledge I got from rice production I was able to implement it in all other types of crops I have in my family.”
12. Wide shot, Queen and her children outside their house
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“The money I earn from these fields, one, I use it paying school fees of my children.”
14. Various shots, Queen with her children
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“I usually use that money again for a balanced diet.”
16. Various shots, Queen in the field
STORYLINE
The conflict in Sudan and South Sudan raged for decades, and hundreds of thousands of refugees were forced to cross the border into Uganda looking for safety. In the early 1990s, Queen Chandia fled to the Oliji settlement where she settled with her mother and sister. In recent years, as civil war broke out in South Sudan, hundreds of thousands new refugees crossed the border, and Queen started taking in orphans and unaccompanied children.

SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“With farming you can even dig, you can even sow some green vegetables then you can eat, which means when you are self-reliant you can do everything on your own.”

Samuel, once a refugee himself lend Queen his land to farm.

SOUNDBITE (Acholi) Lagu Samuel, Queen’s landlord:
“When we were in South Sudan, I remembered how kind they were to us, so I felt I should help them here in Uganda. And Queen was one of those who asked me for some land, so I gave her some land, so she could do some farming.”

Samuel’s land is also used by development agencies to train both refugees and Ugandans on how best to cultivate rice. Rice is so profitable it is helping Uganda reach its development goals.

SOUNDBITE (English) Minoru Yoshino, Japan International Cooperation Agency:
“Rice is a food crop and a cash crop. From the rice cultivation, the rice cultivation contributes to food security for them and it improves their livelihoods.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“Whatever knowledge I got from rice production I was able to implement it in all other types of crops I have in my family.”

For Queen the farm is a source of pride for her family. She looks after over 22 children. Most of them are orphans and unaccompanied children she is raising as her own.

SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“The money I earn from these fields, one, I use it paying school fees of my children.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Chandia, South Sudanese refugee:
“I usually use that money again for a balanced diet.”
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