13-Mar-2023 00:07:19
Visiting earthquake-ravaged areas of Türkiye and Syria, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urges more support for survivors trying to rebuild. UNHCR
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1. Med shot, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi walks with people
2. Med shot, Grandi enters a community building
3. Wide shot, Grandi enters a room with people
4. Med shot, Grandi listens to people talking
5. Wide shot, Grandi greets elder men
6. Med shot, Grandi walks though rubble with UNCHR staff
7. Wide shot, Grandi walks though rubble with UNCHR staff
8. Wide shot, Grandi inspects earthquake damages
9. Wide shot, Grandi and UNHCR staff talking to Emad Syrian affected by earthquake
10. Various shots, Emad talks to Grandi and UNCHR staff
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Emad Meken:
“From war to sanctions to destruction to COVID-19. And then we were hit by a severe economic crisis and a devastating earthquake.”
12. Med shot, damaged building
13. Wide shot, damaged building
14. Med shot, damaged building entrance
15. Med shot, damaged car
16. Various shots, graves
17. Various shots, damaged buildings
18. Wide shot, Emad looking at rubble
19. Wide shot, Piles of rubble
20. Med shot, child in the window
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
“This is, as you can see, is one of the areas that has been most affected by the recent earthquake. Only in this neighborhood where we are now, um, several buildings collapsed. 150 people died and hundreds of families were obliged to leave their homes and to take shelter with relatives or in collective centers.”
22. Wide shot, ban on cutches walks through corridor
23. Med shot, blankets and other humanitarian aid
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
“UNHCR, my organization together with the rest of the aid community, has stepped up very quickly with first aid relief items that people needed, especially in the first few days after the earthquake. Help with the documentation. Many people lost all their documents. Help with psychological support. One feature that is really very striking is how traumatized people are, how afraid they are, because, of course, after the first earthquake, there's been many other aftershocks that have terrified people. So, on all these fronts, UNHCR and other humanitarian partners are very active. But the authorities and the people told me that the main the main challenges at the moment are, first of all, uh, housing repairs are needed, reconstruction is needed.”
25. Med shot, door opens
26. Med shot, man pours water into a kettle/ food in containers
27. Med shot, child is eating
28. Various shots, children studying
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
“This is medium, long-term work that needs to be done. The international community has mobilized the considerable assistance. That effort needs to be sustained because as you can see from this destruction, it will take a long time to help these people go back to normal lives. And that effort in a country like Syria that has been so impacted by many years of crisis can only be sustained if international assistance continues to flow.”


30. Various aerial shots, earthquake-damaged buildings
31. Various tracking shots, damaged buildings
32. Med shot, car under rubble
33. Various shots, destructed buildings
34. Wide shot, people in street / damaged buildings
35. Various shots, damaged buildings
36. Various shots, HC looking at damaged buildings
37. Various shots, damaged buildings
Visiting earthquake-ravaged areas of Türkiye and Syria, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urges more support for survivors trying to rebuild.

Filippo Grandi, concluded a five-day visit to earthquake-devastated areas of Syria and Türkiye, visiting survivors and affected people, as well as humanitarian staff on the ground providing urgent support to people in need.

The earthquake has claimed 54,000 lives in the two countries and caused massive destruction to an area where more than 23 million people live, including many who had been displaced either within Syria or across the border into Türkiye as refugees during 12 years of conflict.

“The level of destruction and devastation is shocking and in many places it is apocalyptic,” Grandi said. “Millions have suffered loss, injury and trauma, and many others have been displaced by this tragic and terrible event.”

While surveying the damage, Grandi also reviewed and discussed the immediate humanitarian response with authorities in the two countries. In addition to Ankara, Grandi visited Hatay and Gaziantep in Türkiye. In Syria, he visited Latakia, Hama, and Damascus and undertook a cross-border visit to earthquake-affected and other displaced people in northwest Syria.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and humanitarian partners, especially national and local responders, continue to step up their assistance in the two countries, something that requires greater and urgent international support. Since the earthquake, UNHCR alone has delivered tens of thousands of tents, beds, mattresses, thermal blankets and other desperately needed support.

“The needs on the ground in both countries are enormous and the response must be better resourced,” Grandi added. “While it is critical to think about and support longer-term efforts, much more humanitarian aid and early recovery resources are needed so that people can begin to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.”

In Türkiye, the High Commissioner met Turkish and Syrian families who had lost everything in the earthquake and were now, along with thousands of others, accommodated in a container camp. They expressed their gratitude to the authorities for the help and noted how the humanitarian community and the Turkish authorities are providing assistance for all in need, irrespective of citizenship or status.

In Syria, Grandi met families in collective shelters who had been displaced multiple times – first by the crisis in Syria and now by the earthquake. Their plight exemplified the extraordinary hardship that 12 years of conflict have had on the Syrian people and the infrastructure of the country, including basic services like water and electricity. More than 90 percent of people in Syria today live below the poverty line.

“I have been coming to Syria regularly for almost 20 years, but never have I seen such levels of deprivation and desperation — everywhere I have been. It is unconscionable that so many people have been left with so little for so long. They need and deserve much more support. Stepping up our relief and early recovery activities throughout the country today is a humanitarian imperative. Access to all those in need wherever they are is critical.”

The UN has asked for USD 1 billion for the humanitarian response to the earthquake in Türkiye and nearly USD 400 million for Syria. UNHCR’s part of the response plans totals $201 million. The appeals are just 2 percent (Türkiye) and 10 percent (Syria) funded.
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