JORDAN / A CHANGING LANDSCAPE

11-Jun-2013 00:02:04
A donation by Saudi Arabia is changing the landscape of Za’atri Refugee Camp and improving the lives of thousands of Syrians.  UNHCR
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STORY: JORDAN / A CHANGING LANDSCAPE
TRT: 2.04
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 9 MAY 2013, ZAATARI CAMP, JORDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Zaatari Camp
2. Wide shot, crowded street at Zaatari
3. Wide shot, Zaatari Camp
4. Med shot, UNHCR tent
5. Med shot, child by the caravan
6. Wide shot, prefab homes
7. Wide shot, prefab homes
8. Wide shot, prefab homes
9. Wide shot, Killian pointing at map
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Killian Kleinschmidt, Senior Field Co-ordinator:
"The Saudi national campaign has actually started a new era at the camp, when it comes to shelter. Because until they brought the first pre-fabricated houses to Zaatari people were living in tents. People did not have a sense of stability.”
11. Wide shot, Mohamed and his family sitting
12. Med shot, someone getting water out of bottle
13. Med shot, children looking out of window
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed Gohar, Mosque Servant:
"Our life has improved drastically. In this prefab home we feel safe and secure. It also protects our children from any kind of harm.”
15. Wide shot, child outside in wind
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Harper, UNHCR representative in Jordan:
"The idea at the start of the project was that we could move these caravans and prefab s back to Syria. So that we move from a refugee operation into actually a return operation as soon as possible. Because in the end we do not want to have a refugee camp here indefinitely in Jordan. But we want to make sure that the assets being provided for the refugee camp can one day be used to support the reconstruction inside Syria.”
17. Wide shot, children by prefab homes
18. Wide shot, kids playing in sand
19. Wide Shot, woman doing washing
20. Wide shot, crowded street at Zaatari
21. Wide shot, crowded street at Zaatari
22. Wide shot, prefab homes and vehicles
STORYLINE
A donation by Saudi Arabia is changing the landscape of Za’atri Refugee Camp and improving the lives of thousands of Syrians.

Zaatari Refugee Camp is the size of a small city. Everyone here lives in a temporary shelter, until now a tent.

But Zaatari is changing. These days it’s prefab homes that dominate the site. More then 12,000 have already been built. 12,000 more will go up in coming months. It’s a 75 million dollar project funded mostly by Saudi Arabia.

SOUNDBITE Killian Kleinschmidt, Senior Field Co-ordinator for the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR)
"The Saudi national campaign has actually started a new era at the camp, when it comes to shelter. Because until they brought the first pre-fabricated houses to Za’atri people were living in tents. People did not have a sense of stability. People had the sense that they were really not at home. And so with this program they brought that new concept to Za’atri that yes people needed to be taken care of properly and that in fact incited so many other donors to come forward as well. "

Mohamed and his family barely escaped the shelling of their village in rural Damascus two weeks ago. At first they were living in a tent. Now they have a prefab.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed Gohar, Mosque Servant:
"Our life has improved drastically. In this prefab home we feel safe and secure. It also protects our children from any kind of harm. We now feel free to move around because we know that our kids are OK. But when we were in a tent, it was different. We were always afraid that the kids might set the tent on fire and cause a catastrophe.”

This is phase one. Phase two will help the refugees when they go home.

SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Harper, UNHCR representative in Jordan:
"The idea at the start of the project was that we could move these caravans and prefab s back to Syria. So that we move from a refugee operation into actually a return operation as soon as possible. Because in the end we do not want to have a refugee camp here indefinitely in Jordan. But we want to make sure that the assets being provided for the refugee camp can one day be used to support the reconstruction inside Syria.”

Temporary relief in a hardship situation accounts for a lot here; increased safety, better protection from the sun and sand, and a bit of privacy: small but welcomes measures for the thousands of refugees who just long to go home.
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