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OneMinutesJr workshop in Kotor - Day 3

Dobrota, MONTENEGRO, 25 September 2013 - Day 3 of the workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction is packed with more than ten stories that the children and their trainers want to film today in and around Kotor.

The day starts with Vlado's story. Actually, it is his mother's story since she witnessed the big Montenegro earthquake in 1979. Today she is a teacher at a primary school here in Dobrota and we film her telling her class about earthquakes and how to be prepared for an emergency.

Sara and the fire-engine that took her back to the workshop - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

After that we are off to the Kotor fire brigade. Sara (13) wants to know how exactly a fire-extinguisher works. There are two on every floor here in the school where we hold the workshop, but none of the students have ever seen one "in action". The head of the fire department is very supportive of an ad hoc training session and before we know it, we sit in the fire truck and go back to the school for a really interesting presentation. 

At the end the children are also allowed to use the fire-extinguisher and the water hose. They also get reminded that fire-extinguishers in schools (and elsewhere) should only be used in emergencies and not "for fun".

First hand experience with emergency measures thanks to the Kotor Fire Brigade - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

In the afternoon we move with a small group to the Old Town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town was partly destroyed during the 1979 earthquake and workshop participant Irina (13) has a personal story to tell. Her grandfather took photos of the destruction back in April of 1979 and today Irina is back here where it all happened with the black and white photos in her hands. She is trying to find the exact places where the photos were taken and then show in her OneMinutesJr video how the locations have changed so the audience can get a better idea of what can happen during an earthquake.

Kotor in 1979 right after the earthquake and today - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

Jovana (12) also uses the historic setting for her film. She walks along the old wall of the city and touches the stones, trying to feel the history and hear the stories the walls can tell. Then, all of a sudden, a bunch of screaming children runs past her, reminding her of the chaos and the panic during the earthquake. 

Another group of children is spending some time at the beach. But not with towels and swimsuits! They are standing knee-deep in the water filming videos about flooding and the power of water. Katarina (14) and her family live in a house right on the sea and when the water level rises in the rainy season, they are always in danger of having their basement and sometimes even the ground floor flooded. 

In the evening we have filmed 19 of 20 films and can almost fully focus on the editing process. Quite a challenge in a primary school with school bells and many, many children running around while trying to get everything ready for the deadline of the workshop on Friday.





OneMinutesJr workshop in Kotor


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