The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has organised a re-building programme for a Moslem village in Lebanon and on Sunday (12 June) the Commission started returning the villagers to their homes.
GV ZOOM OUT FROM: village of Majd al Tarshish in Lebanon
SV: damaged buildings
SV: Sewer pipes and bullet scarred walls. (3 shots)
GV: Mosque in village (3 shots)
SV: villagers dancing with young children and old men watching. (4 shots)
SV ZOOM BACK FROM Lebanese flag and UNHCR flag on pylon TO crowd standing on road as UNHCR visitors arrive.
SV: young children giving flowers to visitors.
CU: Jacques Cuenod of UNHCR speaking.
CUENOD: "The government decided, the Lebanese government decided to contribute financially to the programme by setting aside an amount of one million Lebanese pounds towards the cost of this programme. And, also at the village level, one should emphasise the participation of the local people, because this programme is going to be implemented on a circle basis. There will be no salaries paid to the villagers themselves. They are, in fact, very anxious to rebuild their villages and all that they need and ask for is some material which they cannot afford to buy so that they can build, rebuild their houses, rebuild their schools, dispensaries and everything."
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Background: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has organised a re-building programme for a Moslem village in Lebanon and on Sunday (12 June) the Commission started returning the villagers to their homes.
SYNOPSIS: Majd al Tarshish is a Shiite Moslem village near mount Lebanon -- and it's the only Moslem settlement in an area inhabited by Maronite Christians. During the civil war the Moslems moved out to take refuge in safer areas near Beirut. On Sunday some of them returned home for the first time since the end of the fighting. They now face the task of re-establishing their village.
The villagers found that although their houses has been almost completely looted, there was surprisingly little damage to the buildings. Only one house had been hit by rockets or shells.
There was also a reunion with the Christians from the neighbouring villages. The two groups were on good terms before the war began, and many of the Moslems took refuge in Christian areas in Beirut. The United Nations Commission chose Majd al Tarshish to give aid to so relations between the two communities could be restored. The officials received a warm welcome when they arrived.
Much of the money will go towards replacing crops and repairing sanitation services and other essential supplies. Similar aid is planned for other villages.
Jacques Cuenod explained the background to the project.