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LIBYA / GRANDI LOST MIGRANT LIVES

STORY: LIBYA / GRANDI LOST MIGRANT LIVES
TRT: 3:33
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 18 JUN 2018, TRIPOLI, LIBYA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, pier
2.Wide shot, Grandi walking on pier
3. Tracking shot, Grandi walking
4. Pan left, Grandi throwing flowers
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“There’s a lot of talk about numbers. People arriving in Libya, crossing through Libya, people trying to cross the sea from this coastline. It’s always numbers. People arriving in Europe. People being disembarked. It’s always, always numbers. And I think it’s not about numbers, it’s about people. These are women. These are men. These are children. Desperate people that are risking their lives, and often losing their lives, to go to a better future. And for many of them, the end is tragic, and I think it’s particularly those that have lost their lives that we want to remember here and now on this jetty.”
6. Close up, flowers in water
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It’s a very long chain and we need to work at every step of the chain. This is not a situation that can be resolved only in one point – only in Libya, or only in Europe, or only in Niger. This is why I’m visiting Libya, but also Niger and Mali – countries that are countries are transit, as well, and of destination of refugees – to mark the fact that this is a very complex situation that needs very strategic cooperation. And this means cooperation between different states, and the international community as a whole.”
8. Wide shot, Libyan Coast Guard ships
9. Tracking shot, Grandi talking with Libyan Coast Guard officers
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Yesterday, here where we are standing now, 65 people that had been rescued at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard in Libyan waters were disembarked, were received here by humanitarian organisations including UNHCR, were registered. And we must now work with Libyan authorities to ensure that there are solutions for these people that are not for them to go back to the situation of abuse, of exploitation, sometimes of torture, that they went through when they attempted the crossing. This is what we need to do.”
11. Wide shot, Triq Al Sikka Detention Centre, Tripoli
12. Various shots, women and children in detention centre

STORYLINE:

During his two-day visit to Libya, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi held a solemn moment of silence on Monday on the Libyan coast to remember the thousands of women, men and children who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of safety and a better life.

Grandi visited the Abu Setta Naval Base where more than 80 per cent of refugees and migrants intercepted offshore by Libyan Coast Guards are disembarked. At that site, and others in Libya, United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and its partners provide support to meet the basic and immediate needs of those taken ashore, including medical aid.

Grandi said “there’s a lot of talk about numbers. People arriving in Libya, crossing through Libya, people trying to cross the sea from this coastline. It’s always numbers. People arriving in Europe. People being disembarked. It’s always, always numbers. And I think it’s not about numbers, it’s about people. These are women. These are men. These are children. Desperate people that are risking their lives, and often losing their lives, to go to a better future. And for many of them, the end is tragic, and I think it’s particularly those that have lost their lives that we want to remember here and now on this jetty.”

The Libyan Coast Guard (LCG) has as of 18 June 2018, disembarked 7,323 refugees and migrants intercepted at sea. UNHCR and its partner International Medical Corps provide primary healthcare, hygiene kits and identified persons in need of international protection both at the disembarkation point and at the detention centre where they are subsequently transferred by the authorities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It’s a very long chain and we need to work at every step of the chain. This is not a situation that can be resolved only in one point – only in Libya, or only in Europe, or only in Niger. This is why I’m visiting Libya, but also Niger and Mali – countries that are countries are transit, as well, and of destination of refugees – to mark the fact that this is a very complex situation that needs very strategic cooperation. And this means cooperation between different states, and the international community as a whole.”

UNHCR’s primary objective when intervening at disembarkation points in Libya is to save lives, as well as ensure the early identification and immediate protection of UNHCR persons of concern, mainly refugees and asylum-seekers. As part of the responses to mixed migration movements by sea, appropriate disembarkation and reception arrangements are needed to make sure that the immediate basic needs of people involved in such movements can be met and tailored according to their specific needs. UNHCR undertakes protection monitoring in all disembarkation points and provides assistance in six. It has notably contributed to the improvement of reception conditions at those six through the construction of water and sanitation facilities, health posts and shaded areas to protect refugees and migrants from the elements, including rain and high temperatures.

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