ROMANIA / ERITREAN REFUGEES

05-May-2021 00:02:30
UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Centres give vulnerable refugees evacuated from Libya a place of safety, an opportunity to transition to a new life in Europe - like one Eritrean family headed for resettlement in the Netherlands. UNHCR
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STORY: ROMANIA / ERITREAN REFUGEES
TRT: 02:30
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: TIGRINYA / ENGLISH / ROMANIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 17 FEBRUARY 2021, TIMIȘOARA ROMANIA
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1. Wide shot, little girl Feruz looking at the camera in the kitchen
2. Med shot, Feruz looking at the big bowl filled with cream
3. Wide shot, ETC's kitchen with women using a mixer and children playing around
4. Close up, hands of Mariam preparing the cream with her daughter watching
5. Close up, hands of UNHCR staff spreading the cream in the plate and girl watching
6. Close up, Mariam cutting the cake
7. Close up, hands taking the cake’s plate
8. Close up, Karim (7), Mariam oldest son tries some cream and is very excited
9. Med shot, blurred, contra-jour shot of Mariam and Muhammad
10. Close up, hands caressing her daughter's head
11. Close up, daughter of Mariam tries to climb Mariam's lap
12. SOUNDBITE (Tigrinya) Muhammad, Refugee from Eritrea:
“It was hard to earn money. Sometimes I could not find work, sometimes I couldn't pay the rent, other times we had nothing to eat.”
13. Zoom out, door opens from inside towards the front yard of ETC
14. Pan right, ETC sign
15. Wide shot, young men walking and pushing stroller outside near ETC sign
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Camelia Nițu-Frățilă, Coordinator, UNHCR Emergency Transit Centre:
“The most important thing is the fact that they learn again how to trust, how to smile and how to have hopes.”
17. Med shot, inside educational room, two UNHCR / AIDROM staff have a dialogue with a refugee woman. UNHCR / AIDROM staff wears protection masks and children are seen playing in the back.
18. Med shot, educational room with children playing with Lego like pieces
19. Close up, hands pouring coffee into cups
20. Med shot, kids playing inside educational room
21. Tilt up, from Mariam’s daughter playing with a toy to a poster on the wall with “Education” text on it
22. SOUNDBITE (Romanian) Sofia Damșe, Psychologist, AIDROM:
“We try to provide them with a sense of structure, because having this structure in their activities helps them create order, inside and emotionally. In this educational environment the children can change very quickly.”
23. Close up, children of Mariam and Muhammad smiling and saying bye-bye close to someone
24. Close up, hands of Muhammad
25. Close up, baby sitting on the knees of Sofia Damse
STORYLINE
UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Centres give vulnerable refugees evacuated from Libya a place of safety, an opportunity to transition to a new life in Europe - like one Eritrean family headed for resettlement in the Netherlands.

Mariam (34) and her husband Muhammad (37) were forced to leave Eritrea 10 years ago. They first fled to Sudan, where they stayed for eight years until Sudan too became unsafe for them. After that they went to Libya. Because of the instability, they were selected for resettlement through UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Mechanism and evacuated, first to Niger, and then on to Romania. The Netherlands will be their final destination, but until the resettlement process is completed, the ETC is their home.

SOUNDBITE (Tigrinya) Muhammad, Refugee from Eritrea:
“It was hard to earn money. Sometimes I could not find work, sometimes I couldn't pay the rent, other times we had nothing to eat.”

Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) Timisoara, Europe’s first evacuation facility, opened its doors in May 2008 as part of a Tripartite Agreement between Romania, UNHCR, and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

SOUNDBITE (English) Camelia Nițu-Frățilă, Coordinator, UNHCR Emergency Transit Centre:
“The most important thing is the fact that they learn again how to trust, how to smile and how to have hopes.”

The facility provides temporary shelter to refugees who are in need of immediate evacuation from their first country of refuge. Such evacuations occur when refugees face life-threatening risks – forcible return to areas where they would face persecution, or residence in an unstable, inhumane, or dangerous environment. The ETC is hosted within the premises of the Timisoara Regional Accommodation Centre’s with a total capacity of 250 places. Out of these, 200 are dedicated to refugees evacuated to the ETC, while the remaining 50 are used as a reception centre for asylum-seekers arriving in Romania


SOUNDBITE (Romanian) Sofia Damșe, Psychologist, AIDROM:
“We try to provide them with a sense of structure, because having this structure in their activities helps them create order, inside and emotionally. In this educational environment the children can change very quickly.”

The ETC enables UNHCR to bring refugees to a safe place where they can prepare for resettlement in a new home. The transit centre is also a secure venue where resettlement countries can conduct interviews with refugees and conclude the final arrangements for providing new homes for these people. Medical examinations and treatment can be carried out in the ETC. Refugees can attend orientation workshops and language courses geared to the countries where they will be resettling. All refugees are encouraged to take part in educational activities within the ETC, tailored for different age groups. In some cases, enrolment in educational activities outside the ETC (local schools) can be arranged by partner AIDROM for refugees that stay longer.
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