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Vulnerable adolescents in Moldova ask for a second chance in life in one-minute films

   30 May, 2014, Balti, Moldova – Thirteen vulnerable and under-privileged teenagers came together in a OneMinutesJr. workshop from 26–30 May 2014 in Balti, northern Moldova, to give voice to their struggles, ideas and aspirations. A team of international experts helped the young people to produce short films about their lives and present them to decision makers.

   The OneMinutesJr. is a UNICEF initiative that teaches adolescents and young people basic camera and directing skills, story-telling, teamwork and how to think creatively about issues affecting their lives. Each participant develops his/her own story and produces a 60-second video that is screened at the end of the workshop.

                                                © Photo UNICEF Moldova, 2014

   Nine boys and four girls between the ages of 14 and 19 participated in the 2014 Moldovan edition of OneMinutesJr. They came from different backgrounds. Some were living in residential institutions, others were affected by HIV, drug abuse and commercial sex work or had been in conflict with the law.

   The stories of the adolescents were profound and heart-breaking. Oleg, for instance, is only 19 years old, but he already knows how “to fall into darkness and get back to the light”, as he was previously in prison. Another participant was abandoned by his mother at the age of eight months, and his father kept telling him all his life that she had died. When he finally found the truth and tried to reach his mother, she didn’t want to know him and she never has. 

                                                © Photo UNICEF Moldova, 2014

   The 13 one-minute movies were screened in a public event on 30 May 2014 at an Youth Friendly Health Centre in Balti. The screening was attended by the teens, the Deputy Speaker, Liliana Palihovici, UNICEF Representative in Moldova, Nune Mangasaryan, and UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, Nicola Harrington-Buhay.

   This year the workshop was dedicated to vulnerable adolescents because they represent a specific group that needs specific approaches. „Whether they live on the streets, are affected by HIV, drugs, or are in conflict with the law, these young people have equal rights with their peers and need protection and support to get a second chance in life,” said UNICEF Representative in Moldova, Nune Mangasaryan.

   The Deputy Speaker, Liliana Palihovici, appreciated the OneMinutes Jr. initiative and spoke about how she relived some of the emotions from her own adolescence while watching the short movies.
„It is very important for the authorities to hear directly from children their concerns and expectations in order to take the best decisions for them,” she added.

                                                © Photo UNICEF Moldova, 2014
Happy teenagers at the end of the OneMinutesJr. Workshop in Balti

   The 2014 OneMinutesJr. workshop was organized by the Youth Media Centre and the Youth for the Right to Live NGOs, with the support of UNICEF. The workshop was the fifth edition in Moldova, and had previously been held in a boarding school in Străşeni (2009), the former juvenile prison in Lipcani (2010) and the Centre for Children and Youth with Disabilities in Călărași (2012). The films will be used to advocate for the rights of the country’s most vulnerable children and adolescents and to ensure that their concerns are heard by society at large.

For further contact:

Irina Lipcanu, Media Officer, UNICEF Moldova,
E-mail:; Tel. (+373 22) 269 235;

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