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Humanitarian visa d'or for photojournalism on health-care challenges in Syria

05-09-2012 News Release 12/180

Paris (ICRC) – On 6 September, at the 24th Visa pour l'image international photojournalism festival in the southern French town of Perpignan, the second-ever Humanitarian Visa d'or – a prize organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – will be officially presented to photographer Mani by Dr Pierre Micheletti, a former president of Médecins du Monde.

The award, created with support from the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, will go to Mani for his report highlighting the obstacles faced by civilians seeking treatment and by medical personnel providing it. Mani was the unanimous choice of the seven-member prize committee.

"Mani's powerful work, showing just how vital it is to safeguard health care in armed conflicts and other emergencies, whether in Syria or beyond, convinced this year's jury," said Dr Micheletti.

"In armed conflicts – just when the needs are greatest – health care is often the first victim," said Paul-Henri Arni, a jury member and the head of the ICRC's "Health Care in Danger" project. Research carried out by the ICRC has established that millions could be spared worldwide if the wounded, the sick and health-care staff and facilities were better protected.

Mani's pictures will be on display on the premises of the French Red Cross in Perpignan, Palais des Corts, 24 place des Orfèvres, from 1 to 24 September.

The prize of 8,000 euros, made available by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, which supports activities designed to provide continuity of care for injured or displaced people, is awarded for photojournalism that conveys how difficult it is to carry out medical activities unhindered and in safety amid armed conflict or other emergencies.

For further information, please contact:
Frederic Joli ICRC Paris, tel: +33 620494630