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Our Walls Bear Witness (Voices on Genocide Prevention)

From: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Length: 21:20

Ron Haviv discusses the challenges he faces as a crisis photographer, what brought him to Darfur and his work in the Balkans.
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The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum projected wall-sized images of the genocide in Darfur onto its facade every night during Thanksgiving week 2006, marking the first time the national memorial's exterior was used to highlight contemporary genocide. The photographs were drawn from the work of some of the world's premier photojournalists, including VoGP guest, Ron Haviv. Ron discusses the challenges he faces as a crisis photographer, what brought him to Darfur and his work in the Balkans.

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Review of Our Walls Bear Witness (Voices on Genocide Prevention)

The interview gets off to a slow start, but once it's rolling the discussion is engaging and the topic is certainly timely.

Sound quality is an issue... while you can certainly understand the interviewer and interview subject, the sound is a bit muffled - as if on cassette or by phone.

Another consideration is the source of the interview. The interview is with a photographer whose work is being displayed at the Holocaust Museum and the interview program is produced by the Holocaust Museum. This could raise ethical questions for some news organizations that have policies against airing programs paid for and produced by the sources being interviewed.

Broadcast History

Posted to US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Web site on November 16, 2006 and is available on various Web-based distributions sites, namely iTunes.

Transcript

JERRY FOWLER: During Thanksgiving week, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is going to project wall-sized images of the escalating crisis in Darfur onto the outside of the building. The photographs are drawn from the work of some of the world?s premier photojournalists, including my guest today, Ron Haviv. Ron has won numerous awards for his work and has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises in the past fifteen years. He is truly one of the most acclaimed photojournalists at work today. Ron, thanks so much for taking the time to be with us.

RON HAVIV: Thank you for having me.

JERRY FOWLER: Let us first start talking about Darfur. When did you go to Darfur?

RON HAVIV: I spent part of the summer of 2005 in Darfur.

JERRY FOWLER: You have been in a lot of conflict areas?most notably the Balkans, but many other places besides...
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