BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA REFUGEES SHELTERS

06-Dec-2019 00:02:09
Bamboo, the backbone of Rohingya refugee shelters, wears out after a year or so in Bangladesh’s extreme weather. But thanks to an innovative treatment, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) was able to double and even triple the lifespan of the material, saving forests and lives. UNHCR
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STORY: BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA REFUGEES SHELTERS
TRT: 2:09
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 23 APRIL 2019, KUTUPALONG REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, COX’S BAZAR DISTRICT, BANGLADESH
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1. Med shot, bamboo shoots
2. Wide shot, Kutupalong refugee settlement
3. Med shot, bamboo and people working with it
4. Med shot, man shaving bamboo with machete
5. Close up, man shaving bamboo with machete
6. Pan right, man carrying bamboo shoot
7. Wide shot, men working on bamboo
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Yogesh Gyawali, Associate Field Officer, UNHCR:
“The bamboos are brought here. They are cleaned, they are hollowed through the middle, and then they are stacked up here, after which they go to the tanks for treatment.”
9. Close up, bamboo being filed
10. Med shot, man filing bamboo
11. Wide shot, bamboo workshop
12. Aerial shot, Kutupalong refugee settlement
13. Wide shot, man working on settlement roof
14. Close up,man working on roof
15. Tilt down, from family in shelter to mudslide
16. Med shot, men working on shelter
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Yogesh Gyawali, Associate Field Officer, UNHCR:
“The idea was to increase the life of a bamboo because, you know, it takes a toll on the finances, the budgeting. Also, it has an environmental toll.”
18. Various shots, men treating bamboo
19. Various shots, man carrying a treated bamboo shoot
20. Med shot, man working on bamboo
21. Close up, man’s face
22. Wide shot, truck carrying bamboo drives by
23. Wide shot, Kutupalong refugee settlement
STORYLINE
Bamboo, the backbone of Rohingya refugee shelters, wears out after a year or so in Bangladesh’s extreme weather. But thanks to an innovative treatment, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) was able to double and even triple the lifespan of the material, saving forests and lives.

UNHCR opened two sites inside the Kutupalong refugee settlement, in December 2018 and January 2019, to treat bamboo. Using a technique established by local NGO BRAC, refugee workers at the sites hollow out the bamboo stalks, make cuts in the exterior in order to increase absorption, and then soak them for 12-15 days in tanks filled with a solution made from boric acid and borax - with 90 percent water for 10 percent of chemicals. The result is bamboo that can last twice as long – or more – than an average bamboo. The goal of UNHCR’s project is to create more durable and safer shelters, and to preserve Bangladesh’s forests.
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