(4 Jan 2005)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 4 January 2005
1. Exterior of school
2. Girls coming in to attend school
3. Wide shot of young girls sitting at morning assembly
4. Various of a girl with tear-filled eyes
5. Principal addressing students through microphone
6. Wide shot of students
7. Girl crying while speaking of her experiences
8. Girl in audience crying
9. Close-up of girl
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sister Gyanaselvamani, School Principal:
"It takes time for them to (get) rid from the fear of the things, they have just ran away from the waves and they escaped alive and the problems they faced, they are not able to come out of it. And now we are making the children to speak in the microphone in front of all the other children so that by talking over and over again they can come out of it and not get afraid of these waves again."
11. Wide shot of classroom with girl students writing on slates
12. Girl writing on slate
13. Wide shot of girls reciting poetry
14. Wide shot of teacher conducting class
15. SOUNDBITE: (Tamil) Poongodi, student:
"I kept running. My brother saved me. I was crying out to my mother not to leave me. I was praying that my sister should be safe. Later, I was told my mother is safe and I found her when I returned home."
Port Blair, Andaman Islands, 4 January 2005
16. Exterior of school
17. Wide shot of classroom
18. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi) K Lakshmi, Student:
"It seems difficult settling down again. But I will cover my syllabus gradually. I am not afraid, only when I am sitting alone, I
remember everything I have lost."
19. Lakshmi sitting with classmates
20. Teacher teaching class
21. Tilt down from Lakshmi''s face to hand
22. Lakshmi entering relief camp
23. Wide shot of camp
24. Lakshmi talking with her relatives
25. Wide of Lakshmi sitting; writing in her book
26. Close-up of hand writing
27. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi) K Lakshmi, Student:
"There was no noise back home. Here, there is noise all around, so it is difficult to study."
28. Boys studying in relief camp
29. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi) P Vishwanath, Student:
"Exams are approaching. I am managing by borrowing books from here and there."
30. Wide shot of class in camp
31. Exterior of school
Schools in Indian towns that bore the brunt of last week''s tsunami re-opened on Tuesday to help their traumatised pupils cope with the tragedy.
At the St. Raphael''s school in Chennai, capital of the coastal Tamil Nadu state, teachers coaxed their young students to recount the horror of what they saw on December 26 in an open assembly.
The exercise proved to be therapeutic in many ways. With tears rolling down their cheeks, children relived the tragic morning when the tsunami waves swept away their homes.
Among the dead and missing in Tamil Nadu are a large number of children, while thousands more have been orphaned.
Meanwhile, schools have also reopened in the Tsunami-ravaged Andaman and Nicobar islands, where thousands are still missing on the three dozen inhabited islands in the southern reaches of the Bay of Bengal.
Dozens of makeshift classrooms opened in relief camps in Port Blair, capital of the tropical Indian archipelago where more than 5,600 are still missing and 818 have been buried or cremated.
Many of these refugee centres are actually located within the school buildings.
New books, stationery and uniforms have been handed out to the displaced children - but settling down in a new environment may pose a few problems for them.
Attending the classes along with the regular students were thousands of children displaced by the disaster.
One of them was 15-year-old K Lakshmi. She had to abandon her home in the Car Nicobar islands that have been completely destroyed by the tsunami waves.
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