RWANDA / GRANDI BURUNDIAN REFUGEES

29-Apr-2021 00:02:43
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Fillipo Grandi urges for more support to help Burundian refugees choosing to go back home. He met a group travelling from Rwanda and heard first-hand about their hopes and concerns. UNHCR
Size
Format
Acquire
386.71 MB
1080p/29.97
386.68 MB
1080i/29.97
386.61 MB
1080i/25
DESCRIPTION
STORY: RWANDA / GRANDI BURUNDIAN REFUGEES
TRT: 2:43
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / KIRUNDI / NATS

DATELINE: 27 APRIL 2021, RWANDA-BURUNDI BORDER, KINAZI TRANSIT CENTER
SHOTLIST
1.Close up, shift focus Donatien and other refugees at transit center
2. Med shot, family
3. SOUNDBITE (Kirundi) Donatien, Burundian returnee:
“We came back to our country because a country is like a parent. When you are away from your parents you feel like something is missing.”
4. Various shots, Donatien and his family at the border
5. Various shots, returning refugees at border
6. SOUNDBITE (Kirundi) Donatien, Burundian returnee:
“The first thing is to talk to relatives, friends and neighbors who remained, so we can know what progress there is in our community so far. We have no idea what happened when we left, we would like to know what is going on. Secondly, we need to know how we will survive on a daily basis because we are back, and we want to use our strength to work hard and send our kids back to school.”
7. Close up, woman in face in mask
8. Various shots, Burundi returnees at transit center
9. Various shots, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Fillipo Grandi meeting Donatien’s family
10. Various shots, Burundian returnees
11. Wide shot, Grandi meeting returnees
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“What is now very important is for those who go back to Burundi, to ensure that their return is sustainable, that they are safe, they can have access to jobs, to services. I saw some kids that haven’t gone to school for quite some time, so it will be important that once they are back home that they can have access to all this.”
13. Close up, Donatien
14. Med shot, Donatien with his daughter at transit center
STORYLINE
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Fillipo Grandi urges for more support to help Burundian refugees choosing to go back home. He met a group travelling from Rwanda and heard first-hand about their hopes and concerns.

Ending a two-day visit to Burundi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi praised progress made towards helping refugees find long-term solutions in the heart of Africa’s Great Lakes Region.

Donatien fled Burundi in 2016 with his family. He is moving back home from Rwanda with his wife and three children. He has kept touch with friends and family back home and decided it was time to return. He plans to rent a house and find any job to support his family.

SOUNDBITE (Kirundi) Donatien, Burundian returnee:
“We came back to our country because a country is like a parent. When you are away from your parents you feel like something is missing.”

SOUNDBITE (Kirundi) Donatien, Burundian returnee:
“The first thing is to talk to relatives, friends and neighbors who remained, so we can know what progress there is in our community so far. We have no idea what happened when we left, we would like to know what is going on. Secondly, we need to know how we will survive on a daily basis because we are back, and we want to use our strength to work hard and send our kids back to school.”

Grandi noted that in a region known for violent and complex conflicts resulting in forced displacement, he was encouraged to see an increased focus on finding solutions for refugees, especially for Burundians.
SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“What is now very important is for those who go back to Burundi, to ensure that their return is sustainable, that they are safe, they can have access to jobs, to services. I saw some kids that haven’t gone to school for quite some time, so it will be important that once they are back home that they can have access to all this.”

Since 2017 at least 145,000 Burundian refugees have been assisted to return home with more than 25,000 coming from Rwanda in recent months. On average, 2,000 people are being assisted to voluntarily return each week from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

The High Commissioner accompanied the most recent convoy from Rwanda transporting 159 Burundian refugees returning home after years of living in exile. He spoke to families who were aware of the challenges awaiting them, but expressed happiness to finally be going home.

Grandi reiterated UNHCR’s commitment to continue to facilitate the return of Burundian refugees who have made an informed and voluntary choice to go back.

In February, UNHCR together with the government of Burundi and 19 partners launched the Joint Refugee Return and Reintegration Plan which appeals for US$104.3 million from the international community to assist returnees and the communities where they are returning.

Less than ten percent of the funding needed to support re-integration in Burundi has been committed, despite the increase of refugees returning from around the region.
Category
Topical Subjects
Geographic Subjects
Source
Alternate Title
unifeed210429b