GREECE / LESVOS THOUSANDS HOMELESS

16-Sep-2020 00:03:22
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said some 11,000 asylum-seekers and refugees are still sleeping rough after devastating fires levelled Greece’s Moria camp on Lesvos island last week. The Agency said it is supporting the Greek-led response by setting up temporary shelter and providing relief items to a vulnerable and exposed population, including thousands of children. UNHCR
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STORY: GREECE / LESVOS THOUSANDS HOMELESS
TRT: 3:22
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10-15 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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11 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEAR KARA TEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

1. Med shot, young boy sleeping on sidewalk
2. Med shot, man and young boy sleeping on sidewalk
3. Wide shot, families gathered under tarps in makeshift shelter on street

10 SEPTEMBER 2020, MORIA RECEPTION & IDENTIFICATION CENTER, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

4. Wide shots, fire burning in Zone 11 of Moria camp
5. Aerial shots, destruction of Moria camp from fire

12 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEAR KARA TEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

6. Med shot, man and children transport their belongings on cart

10 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEAR KARA TEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

7. Various shots, Afghan asylum-seeker Mostafa Bahadori with his brother and others sitting with belongings on roadside next to garbage bin
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mostafa Bahadori, Afghan asylum-seeker:
“You can see our situation. We don’t have any place to – there isn’t any toilet. There is no enough water, no food.”
9. Various shots, Afghan asylum-seeker Mostafa Bahadori with his brother and others sitting with belongings on roadside

13 SEPTEMBER 2020, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

9. Aerial shot, site prepared and run by Greek authorities with UNHCR-provided tents

11 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEAR KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

10. Wide shot, UNHCR workers unloading rolled up tents from truck
11. Med shot, UNHCR worker hammering a tent pin into the ground

11 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEAR KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Astrid Castelein, Head of sub-office, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“What is needed? Access to water, sanitation, hygiene. Access to medical assistance, and all the immediate relief items.”

15 SEPTEMBER 2020, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

14. Med shot, girl walking outside tent
15. Med shot, family of Afghan asylum-seekers sitting inside tent
16. Close up, child legs and feet
17. Wide shot, UNHCR tents with water in background

12 SEPTEMBER 2020,NEAR KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

18. Med shot, UNHCR staff speaking to refugees
19. Med shot, mother and child setting up camp


10 SEPTEMBER 2020, MORIA RECEPTION & IDENTIFICATION CENTER, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

30. Wide shot, men walking carrying their belongings, smoke in the background


12 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEAR KARA TEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

31. Med shot, women carrying their belongings in strollers
32. Med shot, children
33. Close up, elderly woman
STORYLINE
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said some 11,000 asylum-seekers and refugees are still sleeping rough after devastating fires levelled Greece’s Moria camp on Lesvos island last week. The Agency said it is supporting the Greek-led response by setting up temporary shelter and providing relief items to a vulnerable and exposed population, including thousands of children.

With only pavement for a bed, this boy and his family have slept in the street for days. Fires destroyed their home in a camp for asylum-seekers on Greece’s Lesvos island.

UNHCR said some 12,000 people lost their shelters in the blaze that levelled Moria camp. Mostafa, an Afghan asylum-seeker, said he was looking after his parents and siblings but could provide them with the protection they need.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mostafa Bahadori, Afghan asylum-seeker:
“You can see our situation. We don’t have any place to – there isn’t any toilet. There is no enough water, no food.”

Greek authorities, who hold overall responsibility for the management and coordination of the humanitarian response, have now identified a location on Lesvos, close to Mytilene town, in the area of Kara Tepe, to temporarily house the most vulnerable people. UNHCR said it was assisting in the setup of this new temporary tented facility to accommodate those most at risk and providing technical advice and sharing expertise regarding site setup and planning.

SOUNDBITE (English) Astrid Castelein, Head of sub-office, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“What is needed? Access to water, sanitation, hygiene. Access to medical assistance, and all the immediate relief items.”

UNHCR and its partners are supporting Greek authorities leading on humanitarian efforts, but the Agency said needs are still great. UNHCR said, beyond short-term relief, the answer lies in long-term solutions. It stressed that those who fled dangers at home in search of safety are looking for a life of dignity that the street cannot provide.
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