Girl in a pink top carrying a bowl of water on her head

Girl carrying water in camp for displaced people in Rakhine state
© Joe Cropp/IFRC

A new video produced by the Myanmar Red Cross shows volunteers responding to humanitarian needs in Rakhine state following outbreaks of violence in 2012.

Tensions continue to run high between ethnic Rakhine and Muslim communities. Communications which demonstrate the impartiality and neutrality of the Red Cross are vital to ensure good access to affected populations.

British Red Cross communications delegate Becky Webb is in Myanmar is working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, she says: “We organised training for the Myanmar Red Cross communications team due to an increased demand for good quality footage, particularly in relation to Rakhine State where outbreaks of violence have left dozens dead and up to 100,000 people displaced.

“The team worked with a CNN cameraman learning how to write a script, set up a shoot and edit a film. During the ten-day training the team took to the streets of Yangon to learn how to use the cameras and what makes a good shot. They then travelled to Rakhine to film the Red Cross in action before heading back to Yangon to edit their footage.”

Myanmar Red Cross head of communications Dwe Shwe Cin Myint said: “The video training was successful as it not only helped us profile our role and work in Rakhine, but also we are now less reliant on using external providers to meet video content needs.”

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