Children Shall Lead Us
Children of Tsunami captures
how affected families are rebuilding their lives and
slowly returning to normalcy.
To personalise the mass of statistics,
aid pledges and recovery plans, we look at how all this
affects eight children, their immediate families and
From February to December 2005, local
TV journalists and film-makers in India, Indonesia,
Sri Lanka and Thailand will make monthly visits to the
chosen families. They will find out what progress --
if any -- has been made, and record impressions of the
children and family members.
By following the evolving stories
of our eight children -- through monthly video reports
and the website -- audiences will be able to find out
answers to questions:
- How are individuals coping with
the losses and grief?
- What are the unmet needs and unresolved
issues in recovery?
- Are the pledges of aid and debt
relief really working?
- What happens to the human rights
of affected persons?
- How and where can individuals
and aid donor countries influence a more systematic
and equitable approach to rebuilding?
Although our stories will be centred
around eight children, our media products will also
cover the experiences of their families and communities.
This ‘bull’s eye’
illustrates how this will be done. The stories will
be told against the backdrop of relief and rebuilding
efforts and processes being carried out by governments,
aid workers and NGOs -- who fall into the outer ring
of our bull’s eye.
The challenge to our journalists and
film-makers is to stay focused on the children while
taking note of what’s going on in the background.