UNHCR / REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM FAMILIES

28-Jul-2021 00:04:40
Families of the refugee athletes who come from Kenya’s Kakuma settlement sent messages of hope and well wishes as the IOC Refugee Olympic Team competes at Tokyo 2020. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM FAMILIES
TRT: 04:40
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: SWAHILI / DINKA / NATS

DATELINE: 23 JULY 2021, KAKUMA, ITEN, NGONG, NAIROBI, KENYA / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE - NAIROBI, KENYA

1. Med shot, Rose Nathike, Refugee Olympic Team Athlete running
2. Wide shot, Refugee Olympic Team athletes running with other athletes
3. Med shot, Rose running

23 JULY 2021, KAKUMA, KENYA

4. Close up, hands holding cell phone
5. Close up, Veronica Nahidishi, Rose’s mother surrounded by children watching Olympic opening
6. Wide shot, Veronica and children watching Olympic opening on cell phone
7. Close up, John Lokonye, Rose Nathike’s father holding a young boy
8. Close up, Veronica’s face as she watches opening of games
9. SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Veronica Nahidishi, Rose Nathike’s Mother:
“May God grant you a pure heart, run with it, run as you normally do, and I pray you attain the first position so that when you come back, we will all celebrate your victory.”
10. Med shot, Veronica holding cell phone
11. Close up, Veronica with children looking at cell phone
12. SOUNDBITE (Dinka) John Lokonye, Rose Nathike’s Father:
“I pray that God helps you do well, and you come back with something good.”
13. Close up, Mary Natukoi Victor, Anjelina Nadai Lohalith’s Aunt smiling
14. Wide shot, Mary cleaning floor
15. Med shot, Mary’s hands as she makes earthen floor
16. Med shot, Mary applies mud paste on wall
17. SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Mary Natukoi Victor, Anjelina Nadai Lohalith’s Aunt:
“I think she is a role model. She inspires me a lot. If I was young, I would have definitely loved to be an athlete. I keep encouraging my own kids to look up to Anjelina and so they can travel and see the world like she has.”

FILE - NAIROBI, KENYA

18. Wide shot, Anjelina Nadai Lohalith and James Chiengjiek Nyang, Refugee Olympic Team Athletes running
19. Med shot, Anjelina training
20. Med shot, runners at starting line
21. Wide shot, Anjelina running in local competition

23 JULY 2021, KAKUMA, KENYA

22. Med shot, Regina Nakang Aloitho, Anjelina’s sister watching refugee athletics team feature
23. Close up, Regina looking at cell phone
24. Wide shot, Regina watching athletes’ news feature
25. Close up, Regina’s face
26. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Regina Nakang Aloitho, Anjelina’s Sister:
“I am happy that God has helped Anjelina, and she shouldn’t panic. She should run with confidence knowing God is helping her.”
27. Wide shot, Regina picking clothes from clothing line
28. Close up, Regina’s face

FILE – ITEN, KENYA

29. Close up, Paulo Amotun, Refugee Olympic Team Athlete smiling
30. Wide shot, Paulo running up hill

FILE – NGONG, KENYA

31. Med shot, Paulo running with other athletes
32. Wide shot, Paulo training with other athletes

23 JULY 2021, KAKUMA, KENYA

33. Close up, Regina Leah, Paulo Amotun’s sister looking on
34. Close up, old photos of Paulo in photo album
35. Various shots, Regina looking through photo album
36. Close up, photos of Paulo running
37. SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Regina Leah, Paulo Amotun’s Sister:
“I pray that you get a good position during the marathon, I will be so happy. I want to encourage you and pray that God guide you to victory.”

FILE - NAIROBI, KENYA

38. Close up, Anjelina’s face as she trains
39. Med shot, Anjelina training
40. Wide shot, Anjelina running among athletes in competition
STORYLINE
Families of the refugee athletes who come from Kenya’s Kakuma settlement sent messages of hope and well wishes as the IOC Refugee Olympic Team competes at Tokyo 2020.

Having fled conflict in South Sudan, all the runners were living in Kakuma refugee settlement when their athletic prowess was first discovered. Since then, they have lived and trained in Kakuma and a training centre in Ngong near the capital Nairobi, before heading to Tokyo to compete in their second Olympics.

The members of the Refugee Olympic Team have all endured hardships fleeing from their homelands amid conflict or persecution, and faced difficulties adjusting to new cultures.

Rose Nathike has been training hard for years to become an elite athlete. She made history as part of the first ever refugee Olympic team at Rio in 2016. At this year’s games in Tokyo, Rose is hoping to win a medal.

In Kenya’s Kakuma refugee settlement, her parents are cheering her on, as their daughter competes on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Veronica Nahidishi, Rose Nathike’s Mother:
“May God grant you a pure heart, run with it, run as you normally do, and I pray you attain the first position so that when you come back, we will all celebrate your victory.”

SOUNDBITE (Dinka) John Lokonye, Rose Nathike’s Father:
“I pray that God helps you do well, and you come back with something good.”

Anjelina Nadai Lohalith escaped war in South Sudan when she was six years old. She hasn’t seen her parents since. Like Rose, she ran at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At Tokyo 2020, she’ll be going for gold in the 1500m.

In Kakuma, Anjelina lives with relatives. Her success has given her family hope for a brighter future.

SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Mary Natukoi Victor, Anjelina Nadai Lohalith’s Aunt:
“I think she is a role model. She inspires me a lot. If I was young, I would have definitely loved to be an athlete. I keep encouraging my own kids to look up to Anjelina and so they can travel and see the world like she has.”

SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Regina Nakang Aloitho, Anjelina’s Sister:
“I am happy that God has helped Anjelina, and she shouldn’t panic. She should run with confidence knowing God is helping her.”

While living in Kakuma, Paulo Amotun excelled in school sports. He too was a member of the first Refugee Olympic Team in Rio in 2016. He and his sister Regina fled conflict in South Sudan. Today, she keeps photos of Paulo as treasured memories, celebrating his achievements. She’s praying for his success at Tokyo2020.

SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Regina Leah, Paulo Amotun’s Sister:
“I pray that you get a good position during the marathon, I will be so happy. I want to encourage you and pray that God guide you to victory.”

Each refugee athlete has their own story. Their own journey. They carry their families’ dreams as they compete against world’s best and represent refugees from all over the world.
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