AFGHANISTAN / VIOLENCE DISPLACED

30-Jul-2021 00:03:09
A widowed mother-of-four struggling to take care of her family is among the 330,000 Afghans displaced since the start of the year by the latest upsurge in fighting. UNHCR
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STORY: AFGHANISTAN / VIOLENCE DISPLACED
TRT: 3:09
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: FARSI /ENGLISH /NATS

DATELLINE: 11-12 JULY 2021, MAZAR-E SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
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1.Tracking shot, displaced in camp
2. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Maryam, internally displaced Afghani:
“There was war. Bombs were being dropped. My father was killed there, and a lot of my relatives were killed as well and we had to flee. I was responsible for my children and I didn’t want them to be killed. So, I came here with my elderly mother.
3. Tracking shot, makeshift shelters
4. Med shot, children pouring tea
5. Med shot, children eating
6. Various shots, child walking to fetch water in dry terrain
7. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Maryam, internally displaced Afghani:
“Our situation is very difficult. As you can see, we are all displaced. Our children need food. They would ask for anything, they are children, they don’t know whether we have it or not.”
8. Various shots, camp
9. Various shot, children in camp
10. Wide shot, camp
11. Tracking shot, family in makeshift tent
12. Various shots, children in camp
13. Tracking shot, child sleeping in makeshift tent, water bottles net to him
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Fahim Hamdard, Senior Field Assistant, UN Refugee Agency:
“Over the last year, families have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a devastating drought and now increased violence in the north and northeast regions is driving more people from their homes every day.”
15. Tracking shot, shelters in camp
16. Various shots, Hamdard talking to displaced people
17. Med shot, young Afghanis at water point
18. Wide shot, young boys walking in very dry area
19. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Maryam, internally displaced Afghani:
“We want a normal life just like everyone else. I want my children to become something in Afghanistan, to become doctors, engineers or something. That is my hope.”
20. Various shots, children collecting plastic bottles in dry area
21. Close up, young girl looking into camera
STORYLINE
A widowed mother-of-four struggling to take care of her family is among the 330,000 Afghans displaced since the start of the year by the latest upsurge in fighting.

Maryam [not her real name] and her family huddle in the shade of a makeshift shelter in a camp on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif city in northern Afghanistan seeking respite from the 45-degree-Celsius heat outside. They fled their home to escape clashes between government and opposition forces.

Maryam came with her four children, parents and brother, after opposition forces stormed their area and engaged in running battles with government forces. Maryam said she heard gunfire breaking out all around their home as the two sides fought for control of the area.

Though plastic tents are available, the stifling heat renders them unusable, so camp residents rely on the most basic materials to protect themselves from the fierce sun and frequent dust storms.

Maryam and her family are among an estimated 330,000 Afghans who have been newly displaced inside the country since the start of this year by an upsurge in violence. As conflict intensifies in northern Afghanistan and other parts of the country, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis, saying failure to reach a peace agreement will see further displacement.

Amid an overall increase in civilian casualties, the proportion of women and children affected by violence has risen sharply since January, adding to the toll Afghanistan’s decades-long conflict has taken on people like Maryam and her family.

UNHCR and its partners are assisting newly displaced Afghans with emergency shelter, food, health care, water and sanitation support and cash assistance, but a shortage of funding means humanitarian resources are falling dramatically short.
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