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Audio and video

A Story from Gaza 
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (2010)

A mother asks what to say to a child when passing a dead body and the child keeps saying "I don't want you to die". A Red Crescent ambulance driver realizes he might need help, when he gets used to picking up injured people, and goes directly for coffee breaks after washing the blood of his hands. A deaf girl talks about the horror of seeing and feeling the shelling and everybody around her being scared but nobody telling her what was going on... To view the Arabic version, click here.


Rebuilding hope
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (2009) 9:52
Community-based psychosocial support is an integral part of Red Cross Red Crescent work. This ten-minute long film, produced by the International Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, explains why such support is so important, and gives some examples of how psychosocial support is provided in the Movement. Rebuilding Hope is also viewable in French, Spanish and Arabic (click on the respective language to watch).

Pakistan after 2005 earthquake. Jakob Dall/Danish Red Cross
Click here to see Rebuilding hope on YouTube.

Joe, the boy from nowhere
Danish Red Cross (2010) 1:41

Psychosocial delegate Ea Akasha tells the story of Joe, an unaccompanied boy, left at the Norwegian Red Cross field hospital in the center of Haiti's shattered capital, Port-au-Prince. IN DANISH ONLY.


Working with children in a field hospital in Haiti
Danish Red Cross (2010) 2:35
A short interview with psychosocial delegate Ea Akasha, about working with children in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, 12 January 2010. IN DANISH ONLY.


DRC: The lost children of Goma
ICRC (2010) 8:00
In the chaos of conflict, adults and children often get separated and lost. In the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been ravaged by decades of war, hundreds of children are missing or separated. 17 year old Shukuru hasn’t seen his parents for 8 months, but with help from the ICRC tracing team, he's found at least part of his family, and he can't wait to see them.


Psychosocial support in a field hospital, Haiti
IFRC (2010) 1:55
An interview with Karine Giroux, a psychosocial delegate, shot in Port Au Prince, a couple of days after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, 12 January 2010. The psychosocial support component to the Emergency Response Unit, was deployed for the first time, as an integrated part of emergency relief operations.


The affect on children - After school
Danish Red Cross / IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
(2009) 2:48

"One day my sister and I were outside our house, when soldiers came and started to grab some people. We got scared and ran into the house”. - These words from an 11-year old girl in Hebron illustrate how the conflict between Israel and Palestine affects the daily life of children – and why there is a need to assist these children. To create a free space from the conflict the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) runs workshops in more than 100 schools across the West Bank. Here the children do different activities such as playing, singing and drawing. And they get the chance to talk about what is on their minds. Watch The affect on children - After school by clicking here.


With the heart at home
Danish Red Cross / IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
(2009) 2:49

Although the number of casualties is much higher on the Palestinian side, the conflict has humanitarian consequences for the civilian population in Israel as well. Humanitarian workers in Israel and Palestine, share the same vision. "I pray that we can live in peace. There is no other way," says Rachel Ikar Cohen who works for the Magen David Adom in Israel. During the conflict in December 2008 and January 2009, she chose to go to work and leave her children at home. "I felt like I had to do something ... My head was at work, my heart was at home with my children". Watch With the heart at home by clicking here.


Left with nothing
Danish Red Cross / IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
(2009) 1:52

The West Bank barrier, 670 kilometre long, part-wall, part-fence, has had huge consequences for thousands of people. Israel started to build the West Bank Barrier in 2002 to prevent attacks on the civilian population in Israel. Since the construction of the West Bank Barrier the life of Palestinians has deteriorated. In many places the barrier lies inside Palestinian territory and cuts through farmers land. It is also a factor behind a reduced number of incidents of suicide bombings. The barrier is highly controversial. According to International Humanitarian Law the routing of the barrier is illegal. Watch Left with nothing by clicking here.


Passing a check point
Danish Red Cross / IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
(2009) 2:08

Checkpoints are a  major obstacle in the daily life of Palestinians in the West Bank. Sometimes people pass smoothly, sometimes they are questioned and have to wait for hours – and sometimes they are not allowed to pass at all. "We feel humiliated," says Abdelhadi A'Arag who lives in a small village just outside Qalqilya. The obstacles have effectively divided the West Bank into sectors. Before the Palestinian uprising in 2000, obstacles in the West Bank were relatively few. According to the World Bank, the checkpoints and the barrier, reduce the potential size of the Palestinian economy by 5 percent a year. Watch Passing a check point by clicking here.


Difficult dreams
Danish Red Cross / IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
(2009) 2:32

Workers and volunteers from the Palestine Red Crescent Society and the Magen David Adom in Israel share the same humanitarian values. They want to make a difference. Noor Beda, a marketing student from Qalqilya, signed up as a volunteer after a military incursion in his village in the outskirts of Qalqilya. "I had a friend who volunteered and I could see people in need of help,"he says. He dreams of a future in freedom without occupation so people can move freely, get jobs and do not have to be afraid of military confrontations all the time. "And I dream to go to other countries to see how other people live. It is very difficult for us here in Palestine now". Watch Difficult Dreams by clicking here.


Understanding the people
Danish Red Cross / IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
(2009) 8:26

A group of young European Red Cross-volunteers visits Palestine and Israel to get a first hand impression of the conflict and its humanitarian consequences. They were invited by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and the national Red Cross Societies of Italy, France, Iceland and Denmark who support psychosocial projects in 130 schools throughout the West Bank. "Our stay showed us that ordinary people on both sides feel the consequences of the conflict", said Semine Lykke Brorson, volunteer from the Danish Red Cross Youth. Watch Understanding the people by clicking here.


Beslan - three years later
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
The 2004 school siege in Beslan, Russian Federation, affected the whole town. 344 people lost their lives in the three-day siege. The Russian Red Cross, supported by the International Federation and its Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, set up a psychosocial programme to support the people of Beslan. Visiting nurses and a community centre with various activities helped restore normalicy in the small town. Three years later, in December 2007, the final evaluation took place. As a part of it, the photos in this slide show were made. Click on the photo or the link below to see it.

Woman weeping at her daughters grave in Beslan, Russian Federation. Asta Ytre/PS Centre
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Discrimination in disaster response
IFRC 11:25
Discrimination in disaster response chronicles the relief efforts of the Mexican Red Cross following the floods in Tabasco, Mexico in October of 2007 when over 1 million people were left homeless. Vulnerable groups such as the elderly and disabled are often neglected after disasters and are therefore, doubly affected. The film highlights the importance of prioritizing these often “invisible” groups and recognizing the important contribution that they can make in preparing for and responding to disasters. The film is available in English, French and Spanish.


Counselling rape victims
ICRC 1:38

Charlotte Tabaro is a psychosocial worker for the Red Cross in DRC. By offering a listening ear to victims of sexual violence, she helps them to share their experiences and deal with the pain of the traumatic events they have gone through. Watch the video by clicking here.

Together for humanity
IFRC (2007) 0:30
Watch Together for humanity

Ethiopia. Jose Cendon/International Federation
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