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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02077-N
Date : 01/11/2017
Country/Region : IRAQ
Title : Irak : bâtir un avenir : les filles retournent à l’école à Ramadi = Iraq : building the future : girls go back to school in Ramadi
Duration : 00:03:46
Cameraman : QUSAY, Anmar
Editor : FOULKES, Imogen
Person appearing :
RITZ, Katharina (head of delegation, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV715N
Description : When fighting stops, there is so much to do. During the battle for Ramadi last year, the Al-Rajaa school for girls was on the front line. It suffered huge damage. The school director, Zainab Faisai, has worked there for 36 years, and she was one of the last to leave.
Perhaps those memories can never be erased, but Zainab and her dedicated team of teachers were determined to re-open their school. Over the past few months, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been working to help Al-Rajaa get up and running again. When an ICRC team first visited the school, they found not just major destruction, but huge danger as well.
ICRC demining staff removed the unexploded ordinance, and the builders and decorators got to work. Across Iraq, conflict has taken its toll on the education system. As building engineer Omar Khaled explains, Al-Rajaa is by no means the only school in need of repair.
And so when Al-Rajaa was re-opened, it was a happy day for everyone. The school is home to almost 600 students, and it is the only school in Ramadi to provide a science curriculum for girls. The enthusiasm is infectious, because, as student Duha Hareth points out, a renovation like this improves much more than the physical surroundings.
Al-Rajaa is the ICRC’s first access to education project in Iraq, but it won’t be the last. For now though, ICRC delegate Maria Carolina can allow herself a quiet moment of satisfaction at what has been achieved.
The girls of Al-Rajaa school face many more challenges in the future too, not least, supporting their country as it, hopefully, emerges from conflict. A good education, in a school where they can learn in peace and safety, will help them meet that challenge.
Original language : International soundtrack
French title : Irak : bâtir un avenir : les filles retournent à l’école à Ramadi
English title : Iraq : building the future : girls go back to school in Ramadi
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422