DRC / CENTRAL AFRICAN REFUGEES

22-Apr-2021 00:06:24
More than 92,000 refugees have sought safety in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past four months according to local authorities following post-election violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). As of 22 April, UNHCR had registered over 52,000 refugees, and registration is still continuing. UNHCR
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TITLE: DRC / CENTRAL AFRICAN REFUGEES
TRT: 6:42
SOURCE: UNHCR
CREDITS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGES: YAKOMA / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 APRIL 2021, Modale, Democratic Republic of Congo
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, sign reading in French “Relocation of Central African refugees to Modale” / people waiting to receive convoy
2. Close up, woman ululating
3. Various shots, women singing and dancing
4. Various shots, truck carrying refugees arriving
5. Various shots, Central African refugees inside truck
6. Wide shot, refugees at Modale site waiting for new arrivals
7. Various shots, refugees being assisted to come down from truck
8. Wide shot, refugees arriving
9. Close up, feet walking
10. Various shots, registration process at Modale site
11. Various shots, refugees waiting for registration
12. Various shots, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi meeting new arrivals
13. Close up, children
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugee:
“Here are many Central African refugees that have been fleeing for the last few months from violence - brutal violence in their communities in the Central African Republic following the election. I have met many of them. The refugees are scattered along the border and many of them wish to move further away to a safer, more supported area, such as here in Modale where we are helping, we are building structures. UNHCR and its partners are building structures to receive refugees and to ensure, for example that the children can go to school using local structures, existing schools for the local community. So, it's really an inclusion effort that we are carrying out here. We don't want to create a camp. We want to create a place of inclusion for the time during which refugees have to wait here before the situation improves in their country and they go back.”
15. Wide shot, refugees in transit area at Modale site
16. Various shots, Micheline, Central African refugee gathering belongings at transit area
17. Close up, Micheline carrying her baby
18. Various shots, Micheline’s family moving to new shelter
19. SOUNDBITE (YAKOMA) Micheline, Central African refugee:
“When I returned to the village in CAR, the army was there but I had to look for my children. Thank God, I found them.”
20. SOUNDBITE (YAKOMA) Micheline, Central African refugee:
“Right now, I do not know what life has in store for us - for my children. Whatever God decides is what me and my family will do. I will stay there because I have no other choice.”
21. Various shots, Micheline’s family outside their new shelter
STORYLINE
More than 92,000 refugees have sought safety in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past four months according to local authorities following post-election violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). As of 22 April, UNHCR had registered over 52,000 refugees, and registration is still continuing.

The UN High Commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi visited DRC and met with refugees in the remote area of the country marked by the Ubangi river. Grandi heard accounts of brutal violence, and personal loss from refugees just relocated to a new site away from border areas where conditions have been dire.

Refugees along the border in DRC sleep in makeshift shelters, in the open. They have little or no access to drinking water, sanitation, and food. Some have been welcomed in host families. The security situation along the border also remains volatile.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugee:
“Here are many Central African refugees that have been fleeing for the last few months from violence - brutal violence in their communities in the Central African Republic following the election. I have met many of them. The refugees are scattered along the border and many of them wish to move further away to a safer, more supported area, such as here in Modale where we are helping, we are building structures. UNHCR and its partners are building structures to receive refugees and to ensure, for example that the children can go to school using local structures, existing schools for the local community. So, it's really an inclusion effort that we are carrying out here. We don't want to create a camp. We want to create a place of inclusion for the time during which refugees have to wait here before the situation improves in their country and they go back.”


UNHCR is working to relocate thousands further inland, to safer sites, such as the village of Modale where the local community have offered land to the newly arrived families.

Micheline, a mother of seven is among more than 300 people relocated to Modale so far. She has received a modest shelter where she is trying to settle in and is glad to have access to water, health facilities and soon, school for her children.

Micheline fled her village in CAR, first with only the two children she had with her at the market when news of attacks sparked chaos forcing people to flee. A difficult choice - her husband was at the hospital in a nearby town. Micheline and the two children travelled by boat across the Ubangi river then she had to take a great risk to return in search of the rest.

SOUNDBITE (YAKOMA) Micheline, Central African refugee:
“Right now, I do not know what life has in store for us - for my children. Whatever God decides is what me and my family will do. I will stay there because I have no other choice.”
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