BEIRUT / GRANDI VISIT REFUGEES

20-Aug-2020 00:02:53
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited families impacted by the blast in Beirut to support and listen to the plight of all those affected by the explosion and to mobilize necessary aid efforts for the country to get back on its feet. UNHCR
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STORY: BEIRUT / GRANDI VISIT REFUGEES
TRT: 2:53
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC /ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 4 / 19 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON
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19 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

1. Close up, Syrian refugee, al-Hamad, holding his injured daughter Sama and looking out the broken window of his home
2. Med shot, al-Hamad holding his injured daughter Sama and looking out the window
3. Wide shot, al-Hamad holding his injured daughter Sama and looking out the window
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Makhoul Al-Hamad, Syrian refugee:
“The most terrifying thing was seeing her bleeding from her eye after it was hit. It was clear that her eye was badly injured.”
5. Close up, Sama standing by the broken window

4 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

6. Family cellphone video showing moment of the explosion

19 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

7. Med shot, Makhoul walking onto the roof top where he can see the port
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Makhoul Al-Hamad, Syrian refugee:
“When the explosion happened, we didn’t know whether we were still alive or dreaming. That maybe this was a nightmare we were going through.”
9. Wide shot, Grandi, entering the flat of al-Hamad family
10. Various shots, Grandi with family
11. UPSOUND (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“You have a beautiful family”
12. UPSOUND (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Has she already undergone any treatment?”
13. Med shot, Sama sitting on her mother’s lap
14. Tracking shot, Grandi walking in the destroyed parts of Beirut
15. Wide shot, Grandi looking at one building destroyed by the blast
16. Wide shot, high shot of a flat with no roof
17. Various shots, Sama playing with her brother Ahmed
18. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sama Al-Hamad, Syrian refugee:
“I love school. I would love to be a doctor.”
19. Close up, Sama looking out of window
20. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sama Al-Hamad, Syrian refugee:
“So, tomorrow when there is another explosion like this I would be a doctor.”
21. Med shot, Sama at the window
22. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sama Al-Hamad, Syrian refugee:
“So, when the injured come, I carry them in the ambulance and I drive the car. [Reporter: “You want an ambulance car?”] Sama: “Yes a big one, a real one.”
23. Close up, Sama looking out of the window
STORYLINE
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited families impacted by the blast in Beirut to support and listen to the plight of all those affected by the explosion and to mobilize necessary aid efforts for the country to get back on its feet.

Grandi visited Al-Hamad family from Syria, living in a building some 700 meters from the site of explosion. Little Sama lost sight in her left eye in the Beirut blast.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Makhoul Al-Hamad, Syrian refugee:
“The most terrifying thing was seeing her bleeding from her eye after it was hit. It was clear that her eye was badly injured.”

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, is in Beirut this week on a four-day visit to support and listen to the plight of all those affected by the devastating blast a fortnight ago – the people of Lebanon, migrants and refugees alike. This is the first field mission for the High Commissioner since the COVID-19 first wave lockdown and it is a reaffirmation of UNHCR’s solidarity and commitment to stand with Lebanon. Operations in support of Lebanese communities and refugees remain a top priority for UNHCR. Relative to its national population, Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees in the world.

UNHCR is using USD 35 million to aid the hardest-hit households.
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