BURKINA FASO / MALIAN REFUGEES

31-Mar-2021 00:01:46
Last year, deadly attacks and threats left Malian refugees no choice but to flee both of Burkina Faso’s camps, Goudoubo near Dori and Mentao near Djibo. After having organized the return of over 5,200 to Goudoubo camp, a place some call home, UNHCR and its partners recently organised the relocation of 1,211 from Djibo to that camp. UNHCR
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STORY: BURKINA FASO / MALIAN REFUGEES
TRT: 1:46
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: TAMASHEK /NATS

DATELINE: 18-19 FEBRUARY 2021, GOUDOUBO CAMP, BURKINA FASO
SHOTLIST
1.Med shot, Fatimata looking at camera
2.SOUNDBITE (Tamashek) Fatimata, Malian refugee:
“Since our childhood and now in refuge we live perfectly well together.”
3.Wide shot, Fatimata with her family
4.Wide shot, Ramata carrying her baby
5.SOUNDBITE (Tamashek) Ramata, Malian refugee:
“We all fled for the same reason.”
6. Wide shot, people walking through the camp
7. Various shots, refugee women and children sitting and waiting
8. Wide shot, people walking through the camp
9. Wide shot, UNHCR staff calling out names
10. Close up, old lady looking for papers
11. Med shot, woman checking her belongings
12. Close up, young refugee girl
13. Med shot, two young boys looking on
14. Wide shot, family sitting outside their tent family
15. Med shot, man in turban calling out names
16. Med shot, Aissata walking by
17. Wide shot, Aissata walking with her kids in the camp
18. SOUNDBITE (Tamashek) Aïssata, Malian refugee:
“I am happy here. There is peace and I will receive support.”
19. Pan left, refugee woman carrying her belongings
20. Wide shot, two refugee women pushing a buggy of belongings
21. Med shot, Aissata picking up her belongings
22. Wide shot, household goods
23. Wide shot, women at a water station
24. Close up, water bucket
25. Med shot, boy hearding goats in a little enclosed pasture
26. Med shot, medical centre
27. Pan left, Aissata and her husband and children on a tricycle passing by
28. Pan right, Aissata’s husband pulling a bag of belongings into tent
29. Med shot, little girl on a swing crossbar
STORYLINE
Last year, deadly attacks and threats left Malian refugees no choice but to flee both of Burkina Faso’s camps, Goudoubo near Dori and Mentao near Djibo. After having organized the return of over 5,200 to Goudoubo camp, a place some call home, UNHCR and its partners recently organised the relocation of 1,211 from Djibo to that camp.

Fatimata and her twin are 70 years old

SOUNDBITE (Tamashek) Fatimata, Malian refugee:
“Since our childhood and now in refuge we live perfectly well together.”

The twins fled Mali first, in 2013. Their younger sister Ramata followed in 2019, all because of insecurity.

SOUNDBITE (Tamashek) Ramata, Malian refugee:
“We all fled for the same reason.”

Across the Sahel, safety is hard to find. A year ago, 9,000 Malian refugees fled goudoubo Camp due to threats and ultimatums. In 2020, UNHCR rebuilt the camp, installing 1,500 new shelters. Security was strengthened and thousands of refugees have returned.

The twins’ family spans four generations, 30 people and multiple displacements including for their niece Aïssata.

SOUNDBITE (Tamashek) Aïssata, Malian refugee:
“I am happy here. There is peace and I will receive support.”

Over 6,500 refugees have returned to the camp so far. Here they will have access to water, places for their animals and health care.

Goudoubo camp had been hosting 9,000 refugees until March last year when a series of violent attacks and ultimatums by armed extremists forced all refugees to abandon the site. Some 5,000 Malian refugees returned home to a country still in turmoil. The remaining Malians fled and found refuge in towns where the host community also faced dire conditions and struggled to find adequate shelter, clean water and health services. On the other side, activities by armed groups near Mentao refugee camp forced its 6,500 population to move to Djibo town. In the cities of Dori and Djibo, refugees lived amongst the host community and Burkinabes who were also forcibly displaced by violence. They received assistance from UNHCR and partners for their rent and supplies of drinkable water. Goudoubo camp underwent refurbishing with improved security to welcome many back. Over 5,200 returned and recently, UNHCR organised a convoy for 1,500 refugees in Djibo to relocate to Goudoubo.
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