SYRIA / GRANDI VISIT

21-Sep-2020 00:02:25
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi ended a two-day visit to Syria with an appeal for increased international assistance to relieve the plight of families still struggling to secure even the most basic provisions years after the end of fighting in some areas. UNHCR
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STORY: SYRIA / GRANDI VISIT
TRT: 2:25
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2020, RURAL DAMASCUS
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17 SEPTEMBER 2020, RURAL DAMASCUS
1. Wide shot, Grandi visiting home of Rida, resident of Eastern Ghouta
2. Close up, Grandi speaking to resident of Eastern Ghouta
3. Close up, Rida speaking to Grandi
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“This is an area that as you can see was severely destroyed and damaged during fighting a few years ago and is now more stable but the destruction is still very prevalent. I visited some families, some stayed here throughout the time of conflict, others had left, were displaced or were refugees but now came back."
5. Wide shot, Grandi visiting AlKally family in Zamalka town, Eastern Ghouta
6. Close up, Grandi speaking to Sameera AlKally
7. Med shot, Grandi speaking to Sameera AlKally
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
"You can see some life starting again but these are tough conditions. These people have real true urgent humanitarian needs. Water is a problem, electricity is very scarce, access to health exists, but if they have to buy medicines, they told me it’s very expensive, so is food.”
9. Wide shot, Grandi speaking to UNHCR staff in Zamalka town, Eastern Ghouta
10. Wide shot, Grandi speaking to teachers at Zamalka school
11. Pan left, Grandi speaking to students in class
12. Med shot, students in class
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The situation in Syria is very complex but I think that we should not forget that there are people in the country, there are people coming back to the country or displaced within the country that are returning home, that have very urgent humanitarian requirements."
14. Tracking, Grandi walking with teams from the Syrian Red Crescent and Premiere Urgence visiting Dweir health quarantine centre
15. Pan left, Grandi speaking to teams from the Syrian Red Crescent and Premiere Urgence as they visit Dweir health quarantine centre
16. Med shot, Grandi speaking to Sameera AlKally in her home
17. Close up, Sameera
18. Wide shot, Grandi speaking to Rida in his home
STORYLINE
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi ended a two-day visit to Syria with an appeal for increased international assistance to relieve the plight of families still struggling to secure even the most basic provisions years after the end of fighting in some areas.

More than nine years into a crisis that has driven 5.5 million refugees to flee to neighbouring countries, a further 6.1 million people remain displaced from their homes inside Syria and a total of 11 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. A crippling economic crisis and the spread of COVID-19 have compounded the suffering for many.

During a visit to the town of Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, which suffered extensive damage during six years of conflict, Grandi met with families who are still struggling to repair their homes, find jobs and secure food and medicine two-and-a-half years after the end of the fighting. Two years after his last visit to the area, the High Commissioner said there were increasing signs of stability but much work remained to be done.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
"You can see some life starting again but these are tough conditions. These people have real true urgent humanitarian needs. Water is a problem, electricity is very scarce, access to health exists, but if they have to buy medicines, they told me it’s very expensive, so is food.”

Grandi said the situation was compounded by COVID-19, with crowded schools making it difficult to maintain social distancing.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The situation in Syria is very complex but I think that we should not forget that there are people in the country, there are people coming back to the country or displaced within the country that are returning home, that have very urgent humanitarian requirements."
Grandi stressed that more was needed to relieve the plight of the Syrian people.
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