LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

26-Jul-2019 00:02:39
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners are providing plastic sheets, wood and other shelter materials to help Syrian refugee families replace their dismantled shelters in Lebanon’s Arsal following a decision to take down refugee structures made of concrete. UNHCR
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STORY: LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES
TRT: 2:39
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 15 JULY 2019, ARSAL, LEBANON
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15 JULY 2019, ARSAL, LEBANON

1. Various shots, dismantled shelters and rubble
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
“When we came, we didn’t know that by building these solid shelters we were violating the law.”
3. Various shots, Hind standing outside her shelter
4. Wide shot, refugee man fixing wood on his shelter roof
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sarah Farou, Senior Field Assistant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“As the UN refugee agency, we were working with local communities and coordinating with the relevant authorities to provide alternative solutions.”
6. Med shots, refugee man fixing wood on his shelter roof
7. Wide shot, Hind and family
8. Close up, Hind’s granddaughter
9. Med shot, Hind’s daughter and granddaughter fixing wood
10. Med shot, Hind
11. Close up, Hind’s daughter working
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
“NGOs gave us wood and materials to reconstruct our home with support from UNHCR.”
13. Various shots, Hind and family arranging plastic sheet for their shelter roof
14. Wide shot, exterior of shelter
15. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
‘’We were safer before. We used to lock the door and sleep. Now we don’t dare sleep. We’re always scared that someone will knock down the door and break in. We’re all children and women here.’’
16. Various shots, refugees fixing their shelter
17. Med shot, Hind inside shelter
18. Wide shot, Hind’s daughter fixing plastic sheet
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
‘’I want safety. Maybe they can support us with some stronger sheets to avoid water leaks because wood all broke down.”
20. Various shots, refugees walking outside dismantled shelters
STORYLINE
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners are providing plastic sheets, wood and other shelter materials to help Syrian refugee families replace their dismantled shelters in Lebanon’s Arsal following a decision to take down refugee structures made of concrete.

Shelters with concrete structures were dismantled in several informal settlements in Arsal, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, following an order to take down shelters made of any material other than plastic and wood.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
“When we came, we didn’t know that by building these solid shelters we were violating the law.”

Many of these structures were established as a result of an agreement between refugees and their landlords, and were generally constructed either by the refugees themselves, or their landlords, to protect families from strong winds, heavy rains and snow that result in floods, leakages, and damaged shelters.

According to an assessment conducted by UN agencies (including UNHCR), some 35,000 Syrian refugees across Lebanon may be affected by this decision.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sarah Farou, Senior Field Assistant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“As the UN refugee agency, we were working with local communities and coordinating with the relevant authorities to provide alternative solutions.”

In Arsal, over 15,000 refugees are potentially affected. Authorities and municipalities are assisting in removing the rubble. UNHCR and its partners are providing support in the form of materials to put up a temporary shed to replace the demolished structures.

Hind lives with her daughters and granddaughters. They’re doing most of the work themselves.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
“NGOs gave us wood and materials to reconstruct our home with support from UNHCR.”

But Hind said she worries for her safety and that of her family following the decision.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
‘’We were safer before. We used to lock the door and sleep. Now we don’t dare sleep. We’re always scared that someone will knock down the door and break in. We’re all children and women here.’’

UNHCR said the dismantling of the settlements has created an additional financial burden on refugees, forcing them to spend money they don’t have. The weather in the area is also a major concern.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hind Nassif, Syrian refugee:
‘’I want safety. Maybe they can support us with some stronger sheets to avoid water leaks because wood all broke down.”

Arsal hosts one of the most vulnerable refugee groups in Lebanon. There are 2,500 structures to be dismantled in Arsal. About 1,597 have so far been dismantled.
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