ITALY / REFUGEES RELOCATION

06-Nov-2019 00:02:36
Some 54 vulnerable refugees were relocated from Niger to Italy on Tuesday (05 Nov). The group included 23 children, 13 of whom had been separated from their families. UNHCR
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STORY: ITALY / REFUGEES RELOCATION
TRT: 2:36
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 05 NOVEMBER 2019, FIUMICINO AIRPORT, ROME, ITALY
SHOTLIST
1.Various shots, terminal 5 ext Fiumicino Airport
2.Various shots, bus approaching
3.Various shots, UNHCR staff waiting outside airport
4.Med shot, refugees waiting inside of bus
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Molinario, UNHCR Public Information Associate in Italy:
“54 refugees arrived today in Rome from Niger after having been evacuated from Libya. Half of them are children and teenagers, many separated from their families. In Libya they faced terrible conditions including appalling human rights abuses. UNHCR has evacuated 5,100 persons out of Libya since 2017, however thousands more are still at risk this is why we are calling on more countries to offer more places and help us bring people to safety.”
6. Various shots, UNHCR staff talking to refugees
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Adam, Refugee from Sudan:
“Now I’m very happy that my life and my future will change in Italy.”
8.Wide shot, UNHCR staff talking to refugees
9.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Adam, Refugee from Sudan:
“I think that the most important thing is being healthy, there can be nothing without health. Now I think only about my health and that of my children.”
10. Wide shot, refugees walking in the airport
STORYLINE
Some 54 vulnerable refugees were relocated from Niger to Italy on Tuesday (05 Nov). The group included 23 children, 13 of whom had been separated from their families.

Most had previously been in detention in Libya where they faced terrible conditions, appalling human rights abuses and the risk of being caught in the country’s hostilities. Following today’s flight 913 vulnerable people previously at risk in Libya have been relocated to Italy.

SOUNDBITE (English) Interview with Barbara Molinario, UNHCR Public Information Associate in Italy:
“54 refugees arrived today in Rome from Niger after having been evacuated from Libya. Half of them are children and teenagers, many separated from their families. In Libya they faced terrible conditions including appalling human rights abuses. UNHCR has evacuated 5,100 persons out of Libya since 2017, however thousands more are still at risk this is why we are calling on more countries to offer more places and help us bring people to safety.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Adam, Refugee from Sudan:
“Now I’m very happy that my life and my future will change in Italy.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Adam, Refugee from Sudan:
“I think that the most important thing is being healthy, there can be nothing without health. Now I think only about my health and that of my children.”

The operation on Tuesday (05 Nov) was co-funded by the European Commission under the AMIF “Life Saving Assistance through humanitarian evacuations from Libya and Niger to Italy” project.

UNHCR has evacuated 5,100 refugees and asylum seekers out of Libya since 2017, including 2,913 to Niger, and 189 to Rwanda. Among intensifying violence in Libya humanitarian evacuations are a lifeline for vulnerable refugees in desperate need of security and protection. UNHCR has called on other states to come forward with more places to help bring refugees to safety.
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