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Monaco: ICRC press prize goes to Croatian documentary

06-07-2005 News Release 05/58

On 1 July the ICRC press prize was awarded to the Croatian journalist Suzana Hetrich and her team for the documentary Djeca – Zrtve Rata (Child Victims of War) at the 45th Monte Carlo Television Festival.

The 42-minute film, produced and broadcast by HRT (Croatian Radio and Television), seeks to find out what has happened to Anita, Martina, Zelkam, Tanja, Dragana, Ivan and Martina, seven children who were wounded at the outbreak of the war in Croatia in 1991 and had already been filmed at that time by Suzana Hetrich in the hospital where they were being treated.

Fourteen years later, the teenagers discuss the traumatic experiences they endured as children, their feelings about war and the lives they are leading now. Using archive material and footage shot in Zagreb, Vukovar and Vinkovci, Suzana Hetrich provides a discreet yet compelling account of the plight of innocent victims and the suffering inflicted on children in armed conflicts.

The press prize, which was created in 2003 with the support of the Red Cross of Monaco and the Monte Carlo Television Festival to mark the ICRC's 140th anniversary, is awarded to the documentary that has best promoted the principles of international humanitarian law by covering a conflict in terms of the suffering it has caused.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Frédéric Joli, ICRC Paris, tel.: +33 1 53 53 00 48  or +33 6 81 87 01 73