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OneMinutesJr workshop in Ust-Kamenogorsk - Day 3

by Chris Schuepp

UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan, 5 September 2012 - Day 3 of the OneMinutesJr workshop in East Kazakhstan and today we spend the whole day out "in the field" with the teenagers, filming at least six to eight stories so we can meet all the deadlines for the final presentation on Friday.


Filming in Ust-Kamenogorsk near the UMW factory - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

For the first two films of the day, we go out into a small forest near the city. Since there are many wild fires in the summer in the East of Kazakhstan, this is one of the issues the participants of the workshop have first-hand experience on. Additionally, it has been a topic of the DRR training they have received in their school and is part of a board game on disaster risk reduction called "Riskland". Both Tamerlan (16) and Daryn (14) have chosen this as there stories and Daryn even shows us how children who are "in the know" can successfully educate their parents.

The next stop is the top of a mountain overlooking Ust-Kamenogorsk. It shows us that while there is a lot of natural beauty around with the river Irtysh at its center. However, we really came up here to see the extent of heavy industry that is part of the city's skyline. The Ulba Metal Works (UMW) is one of the biggest employers in Ust-Kamenogorsk and has been actively putting out uranium products since the Soviet times. As we can see from the top of the mountain, UMW is also responsible for a high amount of air pollution in the city.

Erzhan (14) has organized several gas masks and we use them outside the factory premises for his OneMinutesJr video. The message is clear: "We, the young generation, want to have cleaner air, more filters and healthier future!"

On to the river and here it is time to look at another natural disaster the children have experienced already: flooding. Erkezhan's friend has lost her parents in a flood and so her story idea goes back to this fatal day in 2011 where the flood destroyed a family.


Daryn (14) filming at the Irtysh River in East Kazakhstan - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

The last film of the day plays in a private home in the evening. Nazerke (14) is sleeping in her bed when an earthquake strikes and her mother and aunt wake her up to flee from the building. There is a high degree of uncertainty among the children when it comes to the question whether or not their homes would survive a serious earthquake. Nazerke knows that you might end up in the streets only with your pyjama and slippers on, but her message for other children with this film is: "Better in your pyjama in the streets than dead in the rubble of your home."

Now we can start with some initial rough editing and then we have tomorrow for the final shooting, more editing and fine-tuning and then everything should be ready for the last day of the workshop and the big presentation.

 

 
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