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OneMinutesJr workshop in Turkey - Day 5

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey, 27 April 2014 - The last day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in the Kahramanmaraş Refugee Camp has come, but there is still so much on the agenda that it will be difficult to finish everything in time...

The child friendly space where we have been holding the workshop over the last few days is occupied today. The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, and his partner, the UNICEF Germany patroness, Ms Daniela Schadt, are visiting Kahramanmaraş today and will pay a visit to the children's facility run by UNICEF Turkey and the Turkish Red Crescent at around 11 am. So we need to move to one of the school tents nearby and try to work more on the finalization of the movies. 

The German President arriving in the Kahramanmaraş Refugee Camp  - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014

Then the German President arrives and with him a great number of journalists. Only a few of them are allowed into the child friendly space container where some younger children are performing a song and a small theatre play for the guest. Then it's our turn and we can show two films to the visitors from Germany and the UNICEF Representative in Turkey. Mohammed and Majad are very proud that we the premiere of their films on the big screen happens in front of such a special audience. One of the the films is rather sad, the other one much happier and this is a mirror image of the atmosphere among the children in the camp. They are happy children at times, but most of them have already seen terrible things and all of them miss their homes.

The German President, Mr Joachim Gauck, and his partner, the UNICEF Germany patroness Daniela Schadt, with children in the Kahramanmaraş Refugee Camp  - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014

After the visit everybody is ready to work on the last few details of our OneMinutesJr films. A couple of Syrian teachers come over to the workshop room and help with translations from Arabic into English. The voice-overs take a lot of time as well and so it takes the whole afternoon to get everything done.

Finally - just before dark - we are ready to show all 15 films to the participants. The father of two of the girls from the group comes to the child friendly space to ask why his daughters are not home yet. We invite him to watch the videos with us and to see his proud face lighten up with joy after seeing the films his daughters and the other children produced gives a little glimpse of what we have achieved together here this week.

Happy and proud participants at the end of the workshop - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014

Now we give out the certificates of participation and take the mandatory group photos before we wrap up this truly amazing and encouraging OneMinutesJr workshop.

Click Kahramanmaraş OneMinutesJr playlist to watch all 15 videos.

For more videos, go to or the UNICEF CEECIS youtube channel.





OneMinutesJr workshop in Turkey


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