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Our world at war: 10 multimedia clips from 8 conflict zones

07-12-2009 Film Ref. V-F-CR-F-01023-A

Five award-winning war photographers from the VII photo agency – James Nachtwey, Franco Pagetti, Antonin Kratchovil, Ron Haviv and Christopher Morris - and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) united to bring individual stories of loss and suffering in war to the forefront of the world’s attention: women struggling to recover from sexual violence, families coping with displacement, and people victimized by gang warfare. The project also drew attention to the inspirational efforts, by ordinary men and women, to limit human suffering in some of the most violent corners of the world. This DVD features 10 multimedia clips from eight war-affected countries.

Afghanistan: sorrow beyond words
James Nachtwey, a celebrated war photographer, went to Afghanistan in 2009 for the ICRC. He witnessed the hardships of some of the country's most vulnerable people. This collection of his work gives a glimpse of the human cost of war through his eyes.
Mines continue to shatter lives in Colombia
In February 2009 Francisco, 20, and a friend from his hamlet set off to earn a day's wage and unknowingly stepped into a mine field. Francisco survived, but at a terrible cost. This is his story. In Colombia, many lives are broken in rural communities who continue to suffer due to the use of landmines.

DR Congo: giving lost children the chance of a new life
In August 2008, hostilities resumed between the military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and fighters of the National Congress for the Defence of the People. Over 250,000 civilians were forced to flee, sometimes repeatedly. In the chaos, families were separated, children were lost. The ICRC works with the Don Bosco centre, an orphanage in Goma, to reunite children with their families.

Haiti: poverty - a breeding ground for violence
A long-term resident of Cite Soleil, the Haitian capital's sprawling seaside slum, 83-year-old Elvanise Tidor was first caught in gangland crossfire in 1993, before stepping into harms way again in 2004. Women in countries affected by violence face enormous risks and often show great resourcefulness in overcoming terrible circumstances.

Haiti: providing a lifeline to the sick and wounded
Red Cross volunteers in Haiti undertake particularly dangerous and stressful work as they evacuate the sick and wounded from the slums of Port-au-Prince, sometimes having to make life and death decisions over the telephone with gang leaders.

Trauma healing and reconciliation in Liberia
Along with their children, the women of Liberia have borne the brunt of 14 years of war, enduring trauma beyond imagination. The Lutheran Church of Liberia's Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Programme provides free counselling to women to help them identify coping mechanisms to deal with past trauma and current hardships.

Lebanon: uprooted by conflict
Hasniyye Yehia Tawiyyeh, 60, is living the nightmare of displacement. "It is hard to describe how much one suffers when one has to leave his house and belongings and just get out with barely the clothes on his back and nothing else. No money, no food, nothing of any kind."

Lebanon: medical volunteers putting their lives on the line
Nahr el Bared is a Palestinian camp in Northern Lebanon, where the Lebanese Army battled an armed group called Fatah al Islam for almost four months in 2007. Said Tawiyyeh, 59, is a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon and has been a Palestine Red Crescent Society medical volunteer for 27 years.

Philippines: protecting the lives and dignity of detainees
James Nachtwey went to the Philippines in 2009 for the the ICRC. He witnessed the hardships of some of the country's most vulnerable people: detainees and people displaced by conflict. For more than 17 years, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has been visiting people detained in connection with armed conflicts and other situations of violence in the Philippines.

Georgia: dilemma of the displaced
Two thousand Georgians living in Upper Kodori Gorge, an area of Abkhazia controlled by Georgia, fled when Russian planes bombed the area in August 2008. They have been living in collective centres in Kutaisi and Tbilisi.


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  • Copyright: ICRC
  • Release year: 2009
  • Production locations: Afghanistan, Colombia, Congo, Geogia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Philippines
  • Running time: 40 min
  • Type of product: DVD
  • Price: CHF 5.-
  • Reference: V-F-CR-F-01023-A