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CPWG + DTJ launches video series on child protection

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Over the last year DTJ has been working on an exciting educational media project that is now due to launch. For this film series, we partnered with the Global Child Protection Working Group, the global level forum for coordination and collaboration on child protection in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and other partners under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies. The CPWG is comprised of 14 core member organizations included UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and War Child, and over 25 associate institutions.

So what did DTJ do?

DTJ was tasked with producing a series of educational films highlighting the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), to be used to educate child protection workers around the word on how best to care for children in emergencies. We covered best practices for child survivors of sexual violence, children in armed conflict, unaccompanied and separated children, mental health and psychosocial support and children engaged in the worst forms of child labour.

In 2010, the members of the global Child Protection Working Group agreed on the need for child protection standards in humanitarian settings. The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were finalized in September 2012.  Over 400 individuals from 30 agencies in over 40 countries, including child protection practitioners, humanitarian actors from other sectors, academics and policy makers, were involved in their development.

The CPMS aim to:
-Establish common principles among those working in child protection
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-Improve the quality of child protection programming.
-Improve accountability within child protection work
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-Provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date
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-Enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.

This education film series is now being rolled out as a kind of mobile university to educate child protection workers on the front-lines, from places like Syria to Central African Republic, to ensure that children in emergencies receive the care they need.

We are absolutely thrilled to have been part of this project and to introduce yet another way to capitalize on the medium of film to translate to better care for children, in every corner of the world.

Below are a few stills from the series:

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Investigating the Impact of the LRA

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DTJ‘s Lindsay Branham and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Jocelyn Kelly have returned from their research assessment in NE DRC investigating the effects of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on communities in the Haut Uele region of DRC. The LRA continues to wreak havoc on communities in northern DRC, South Sudan and eastern CAR, abducting children for forced conscription, looting communities and killing civilians. Lindsay and Jocelyn investigated the impact these communities feel from the LRA’s presence; the protection mechanisms they have created; the psycho-social situation facing children who have been abducted by the LRA and community capacity to reintegrate the children. A report detailing the findings from the trip will be released in early March. DTJ is thankful for the many people who made this investigation possible, especially those in the communities DTJ visited who so openly and eloquently framed their needs and described the ongoing impact of the LRA.

// Photograph taken by Lindsay Branham in an LRA affected community, NE DRC.

DTJ Communiqué N° 002

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DTJ went to eastern DR Congo in March to film the work of Global Strategies and their prevention of HIV through Heal Africa and to continue rehabilitation and reintegration work with former child soldiers in DTJs program. DTJ also had the privilege of holding preliminary conversations developing a new DTJ initiative called Mobile Cinema in DRC.

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FARDC soldiers walk between Ishasha and Rutshuru, North Kivu

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Rain storm returning from Ishasha to Rutshuru.

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Kiwanja, North Kivu

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A mother and her child, Binza, North Kivu

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A clinic in Ishasha where women come to receive maternal health care, the only one in the area.

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Ushindi, Heal Africa, Goma

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Merveille and her little brother, Heal Africa, Goma

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Rutshuru, North Kivu

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Women in a support group at Heal Africa. Goma, DRC.

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Lake Kivu, Goma, North Kivu

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To Binza, North Kivu to see a rural health care program run by Global Strategies through Heal Africa that addresses prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

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A woman recounts her story. Heal Africa, Goma, DRC.

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On the road to Rutshuru, North Kivu, DRC.

Photographs taken by Jonathan Olinger and Lindsay Branham

DTJ Communiqué N° 001

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In January DTJ screened a short film we directed, shot and produced called “Let us Be Free: A Plea for Relief from the LRA” at a Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. hosted by Human Rights Watch and Resolve. Our film served to advocate directly to US Congressmen and senior staff to implement the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, signed in 2009 by President Obama. DTJ’s media was screened alongside the talented photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale who recently chronicled the LRA crisis in Central Africa with the Pulitzer Center.

DTJ partnered with Resolve, an advocacy organization based in D.C., committed to seeing the end of the LRA’s atrocities in Central Africa. This unique partnership allowed us to travel to Sudan in 2010 and be on the ground in Western Equatoria, a remote part of Sudan, where people from DR Congo, Central African Republic and Sudan have all fled from LRA attacks. We interviewed Congolese children who had been abducted by the LRA, mothers who had lost their children to the LRA, men who showed us in a few handfuls, the food they had that was expected to last for the next two months. We asked them if they could say something to the US Government or to the American people, what they would say. With bravery, people explained how they want peace.

Photograph by Lindsay Branham of young boy who recently escaped from the LRA in Yambio, Southern Sudan.

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