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LIBYA / GRANDI REFUGEE EVACUATION

STORY: LIBYA / GRANDI REFUGEE EVACUATION
TRT: 03:07
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2018, TRIPOLI, LIBYA / NIAMEY, NIGER

SHOTLIST:

19 JUNE 2018, TRIPOLI, LIBYA

1. Wide shot, Grandi speaking to UNHCR staff outside Triq Al Sikka refugee detention
2. Pan left, Grandi speaking to UNHCR staff member
3. Med shot, women hugging
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“On the one hand, it’s a great moment for the people who leave. We observe the departure from this detention center of dozens of refugees who are travelling to Niger, are being evacuated to Niger, from where they will start a resettlement process to other countries and, hopefully, they’ll succeed. On the other hand, we were confronted also with the pain, sometimes the despair, of those that are not leaving. And conditions in this detention, especially on the men’s side, are truly appalling.”
5. Various shots, UNHCR staff calling people’s names
6. Wide shot, refugees standing in line with their luggage
7. Various shots, refugees boarding bus
8. Med shot, Grandi speaking to mother holding child
9. Close up, refugee mother
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
““More than anything else is some of the individual stories that you encounter in places like this – the terrible stories of the journeys that these people have gone through… many women having been raped, many women having delivered children when they arrive – so obviously they’ve been raped on the way because they’re alone – and terrible individual stories of those that probably have little or no chance of resettlement. So, they have to consider other options. But staying here is tough.”
11. Various shots, refugees in line walking to plane
12. Med shot, Grandi speaking to refugee on board plane
13. Wide shot, flight attendant walking down isle
14. Med shot, refugees talking selfie
15. Close up, refugee smiling
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We must not forget that, like this detention center, there’s many others in Libya. To some we have access. To some others, the access is still difficult. So, the work here – heroic work done by our staff on the ground – is really a big battle against all odds, against all obstacles, every day, seven days a week.”

19 JUNE 2018, NIAMEY, NIGER

17. Various shots, refugees descending from plane at airport

STORYLINE:

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi travelled overnight to Niger with more than 100 refugees, mostly women and children, as they were evacuated out of Libya, where they had been held in detention. A total of 121 refugees, many from Eritrea, arrived in Niamey, from where they will be resettled to other host countries under a new international program designed to urgently protect the most vulnerable refugees in Libya. News coverage from detention center, airport and flight to Niamey.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said there are currently some 6,500 migrants and refugees held in official detention centers in Libya, including 2,700 considered people of concern to the agency. Through its evacuation programme which began late last year, UNHCR has been able to evacuate more than 1,600 from detention in Libya to other countries, mostly into neighboring Niger which has agreed to act as an emergency transit destination until the refugees are accepted by third countries. Another 312 refugees were transported straight to Italy, while 10 individuals were evacuated to Romania.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said it was “a great moment” for the people who leave but noted the pain and “sometimes the despair” who are not adding that conditions in the Triq Al Sikka detention centre, “especially on the men’s side, are truly appalling.”

Grandi highlighted some of the terrible stories of the refugees. He said, “Many women having been raped, many women having delivered children when they arrive – so obviously they’ve been raped on the way because they’re alone – and terrible individual stories of those that probably have little or no chance of resettlement. So, they have to consider other options. But staying here is tough.”

The High Commissioner said his Agency had access to some of the detention centres in Libya but access is difficult to others. He underscored the “heroic work” done by UNHCR staff on the ground adding that they faced “a big battle against all odds, against all obstacles, every day, seven days a week.”

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