Between Frontlines - ICRC Delegates at Work
Six-part documentary series beginning 28 March 2014, 9 p.m., SRF 1
For the first time ever, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has allowed an insight into its operations for one year for a television series. The series, produced by SRF, RSI and RTS together, documents the work of the ICRC's delegates in areas of conflict, crisis and war.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a multi-national operation for humanity with 13,000 employees around the world. The six-part documentary series takes us from Switzerland to Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel and Afghanistan.
Experienced ICRC delegate Abraham Doblado, who grew up in Geneva, is setting out with his team to north-west Colombia for a field trip fraught with risks and unknown dangers. In the first stage, he visits desperate farmers whose harvests have been destroyed. They are caught up in between government troops and drug barons, and have lost everything.
ICRC president Peter Maurer visits the Don Bosco orphanage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 3,000 children live here. They are all extremely vulnerable and victims of the ever-burning conflict.
The story of a number of ICRC staff being taken hostage in Syria shocks young delegate Stéphanie Eller in Tel Aviv. Even though she knows that this is a risk that her job carries, the event causes her great concern. But day-to-day jobs still need to be done and she visits Palestinian minors in an Israeli prison.
Najmuddin, the Director of the Orthopaedic Centre in Kabul takes a trip back to his childhood. He grew up in the Panjshir Valley. He recalls the times when he didn't need to wear prostheses and when he could climb any hill and swim in the river.
Ursula Kayali, an experienced delegate, is working on a special project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Originally from Zurich, she organizes a market for the inhabitants of three villages in North Kivu. All their possessions were stolen by armed groups during the turmoils of war. In contrast to the usual distributions of goods, here those affected can decide for themselves at the ICRC market what they most urgently need.
ICRC delegate Abraham Doblado helps Colombian Indios who have been driven out of their villages and reflects on Colombia's future. In Afghanistan Najmuddin visits a lame man at home. His family is forced to live in poverty-stricken circumstances. Najmuddin is deeply moved in the face of such misery. In Geneva President Peter Maurer mingles with the public at a marathon in honour of ICRC founder Henry Dunant. Stéphanie Eller is nervous. A performance review in Geneva is imminent. One of the points to be discussed is where her next mission will take her.