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March 5, 2011
ONE VOICE, ONE THOUSAND CHILDREN: PART 1, by Marcus Bleasdale / VII
Recently the Obama administration continued military aid to four countries known for their use of Child Soldiers, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Yemen and Southern Sudan by issuing a waiver to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act. In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Obama said he had determined that the waiver was in “the national interest.”
One Voice, One Thousand Children is a two part series by Marcus Bleasdale looking at Child Soldiers, in the first part, and Young Girls who are conscripted, raped and made the wives of soldiers, in the second. The stories are told by two distinct single voices representing many.
Four photoreporters from the agency VII Photo -- James Nachtwey, Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, and Ron Haviv -- collaborated on a heart-wrenching multimedia documentary about the plight of victims of the 20 years of war and extreme violence in the DRC. It was projected on the exterior walls of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo last month, and will be on display in Paris next week at Espace photo BETC Euro-RSCG, 85-87 rue du faubourg Saint-Martin 75010 Paris, from March 8-13, noon to 8 pm, free.