UNHCR / GRF 2023 PORTUGAL FUNDAO

07-Dec-2023 00:04:34
As an intercultural mediator, Sediqa, a refugee from Afghanistan, helps acclimate her compatriots to life in a small Portuguese city that is committed to welcoming refugees and migrants. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / GRF 2023 PORTUGAL FUNDAO
TRT: 04:34
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGES: PORTUGUESE / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT, FUNDÃO, PORTUGAL
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, Sediqa Nawrozi walking through street
2. Wide shot, Sediqa Nawrozi passing on a street
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sediqa Nawrozi, Refugee, Afghanistan:
“My name is Sediqa Nawrozi, I was in Afghanistan.”
4. Wide shot, buildings
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sediqa Nawrozi, Refugee, Afghanistan:
“Just with two clothes, I ran away from my country. It was a very hard time but I didn’t have any other choice.”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sediqa Nawrozi, Refugee, Afghanistan:
“And I came to Portugal.”
7. Wide shot, Sediqa Nawrozi passing on a street
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sediqa Nawrozi, Refugee, Afghanistan:
“Here we are safe. At least we are safe and peaceful.”
9. Tilt down, Sediqa Nawrozi reading in the book
10. Wide shot, Sediqa Nawrozi seats in the cafe terrace
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Sediqa Nawrozi, Refugee, Afghanistan:
“I feel like Fundão is my city.”
12. Wide shot, Paulo Fernandes enters his office
13. SOUNDUP (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“I like this painting.”
14. Close up, painting
15. SOUNDUP (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“Maybe he is scared”
16. Close up, painting
17. Wide shot, street
18. Wide shot, street
19. Wide shot, portuguese buldings
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“The economic crisis in 2012 was very strong.”
21. Med shot, lantern
22. Wide shot, older man walking down the street
SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“We needed new local policy, we need innovation”
23. Close up, building corner with a sign
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“And I think this painting.”
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“Is my response.”
26. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“Of the fear.”
27. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“The fear to make new local politics.”
28. Med shot, Paulo Fernandes meets Sediqa Nawrozi at the cafe terrace
29. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Paulo Fernandes
“Welcoming and receiving those in need is a moral imperative for us, but it is also part of our development strategy.”
30. Med shot, Paulo Fernandes meet Sediqa Nawrozi chatting
31. Wide shot, Migration Centre building
32. SOUNDBITE (English) Ana Filipa Batista, Migration Center Coordinator:
“Ten years ago, our schools were closing”
33. Wide shot, abandoned building
34. Med shot, building indoors
35. Wide shot, elder women walking on the street
36. SOUNDBITE (English) Ana Filipa Batista
“Companies didn’t have workforce to continue”
37. SOUNDBITE (English) Ana Filipa Batista, Migration Center Coordinator:
“And right now for us, it’s incredible to see that we open new schools”
38. Aerial shot, school at the edge of town
39. Wide shot, Ana Filipa Batista and Sediqa Nawrozi walking in the garden
40. SOUNDBITE (English) Ana Filipa Batista, Migration Center Coordinator:
“Our companies have the possibility to grow. “
41. SOUNDBITE (English) Ana Filipa Batista, Migration Center Coordinator:
“I think the link we have with each other is that we are all human beings with needs.”
42. Wide shot, Ana Filipa Batista and Sediqa Nawrozi walking in the garden
43. Pan left, Sediqa Nawrozi walking upstairs
44. SOUNDBITE (English) Sediqa Nawrozi, Refugee, Afghanistan:
“In Afghanistan I also did social work with people, to help them.”
45. SOUNDBITE (English) Sediqa Nawrozi, Refugee, Afghanistan:
“When you help refugees you help for the future.”
46. Med shot, Sediqa Nawrozi at work
47. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“Above all, we want to give opportunities for people to have a life project in our community.”
48. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Paulo Fernandes, Mayor, Fundão:
“We don’t want to just think that we are just receiving refugees. We want ‘Fundaneses.”
49. Med shot, Sediqa Nawrozi speaking with a man
50. Wide shot, Sediqa Nawrozi speaking with men
51. Still frame, Paulo Fernandes and Sediqa Nawrozi
STORYLINE
As an intercultural mediator, Sediqa, a refugee from Afghanistan, helps acclimate her compatriots to life in a small Portuguese city that is committed to welcoming refugees and migrants.

Sediqa's escape from Afghanistan led her to Fundão, Portugal, where she found a safe haven and a sense of purpose. This small city in Portugal has strengthened its community by welcoming refugees and migrants and embracing diversity.

The city strives for inclusivity and growth, inviting refugees and migrants to join their community. The Mayor, Paulo Fernandes, envisions a new generation of “Fundanenses,” made up of a diverse tapestry of nationalities woven into the city's fabric.

Fundão's warm welcome and diverse community have been a source of strength for Sediqa and her family. Together, they're building a future where unity and compassion prevail.

The 29-year-old spent seven years at an NGO dedicated to defending the human rights of some of the country’s most vulnerable women and girls. When, after the 2021 takeover by the current de facto authorities, Sediqa suddenly found herself plunged into that very category and escaped to safety via a humanitarian flight to Portugal, her heart broke for the women and girls she was leaving behind.

Fundão is a shining example of how both refugees and the communities welcoming them can benefit from inclusive policies and practices, boosting the self-reliance of new arrivals and reinvigorating local economies.
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