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|Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving|
KQED Public Radio Debuts International Documentary on "Children of War"
Charlayne Hunter-Gault Hosts and Reports about Child Soldiers, Child Victims and Ways Out of Conflict for Children
San Francisco, California, February 24, 2003 -- KQED Public Radio will premiere the documentary Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving, Saturday, March 8, at 1:00 pm. The documentary will be released to public radio stations across the country on March 19.
Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving, hosted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault of CNN and National Public Radio, takes listeners to the battlegrounds and refugee camps that impact millions of children around the globe. Listeners will hear about child soldiers, children fleeing conflict, and the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children touched by war.
"Children of War truly conveys the complexity of this international tragedy," said Raúl Ramirez, director of news and public affairs for KQED Public Radio. "We are proud to present a documentary of such wide scope and pertinence to the global community."
Stories featured in the documentary include:
"A Tale of Two Brothers"
Charlayne Hunter-Gault meets two brothers who fought on opposite sides of Angola's civil war. One was kidnapped by UNITA rebels and the other fought for the government. The two brothers didn't see each other for 22 years. The story illuminates the problem of child soldiers and how Angola is taking steps toward reconciliation.
"Britain's Very Young Guns"
Child soldiers aren't just a problem in the developing world. Veteran BBC correspondent Max Easterman looks at the impact of the British military's recruitment of soldiers as young as 15. These teen soldiers face many of the same problems as their counterparts in underdeveloped countries.
"The Hidden Killer"
Producer Reese Erlich visits southern Iraq to investigate how the United States' use of depleted uranium affects children. Doctors report high rates of childhood cancer, as do doctors in Bosnia, where depleted uranium was also used.
Common Ground co-host Keith Porter travels to refugee camps in Kosovo to explore how escaping a war can be almost as dangerous as war itself, even after the shooting stops. He also discovers what can be done to help children displaced by conflict.
"Hope for Healing"
Even when war ends, children are still in danger. Perhaps the greatest danger is the prospect for another conflict. Common Ground co-host Kristin McHugh reports from Kosovo, Macedonia and Cambodia on three successful NGO programs designed to help heal the mind, body, and spirit of child war victims.
"What Can the World Do?"
In recent years, the United Nations has passed numerous agreements protecting the rights of children and banning child soldiers. But are these international treaties having any impact? Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviews U.N. officials and human rights activists, and visits an Angolan food distribution center to find out.
Charlyane Hunter-Gault is CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. Hunter-Gault joined CNN in April 1999 from National Public Radio, where she worked as the network's chief correspondent in Africa. Her commentaries still appear on NPR.
Hunter-Gault joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she was a national correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody Awards (one for her work on Apartheid's People, a NewsHour series on life during apartheid in South Africa, and the second for general reporting on Africa in 1998).
Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving, is the third project produced and presented in association with KQED Public Radio, produced by Reese Erlich, made possible by the Stanley Foundation and distributed by the Ken Mills Agency. In 2002 the same team presented The Russia Project, a radio documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite. It won the In-Depth reporting prize for broadcast journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California Chapter. The Russia Project was heard on more than 200 national and international public radio stations including a station in Moscow. The same team produced a one-hour radio documentary The Iran Project, in 2001, also hosted by Cronkite.
Historically ranked among the top-rated public radio stations in the nation, KQED currently is the most-listened-to public radio station in the country, with more than 740,700 listeners each week. Reaching listeners as far north as Ukiah and the North Coast, as far south as Monterey Bay and the Central Coast, and as far east as the Sierra Nevada, KQED 88.5 FM broadcasts at 110,000 watts of power with one of the strongest signals for public radio within the state of California. The recent purchase of 89.3 FM in Sacramento adds an additional 3,100 watts of power. KQED Public Radio also can be heard over the Internet with live streaming at KQED.org.
KQED operates KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station, and Digital Television 9, Northern California's only public television digital signal; KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation; KQED.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.
The Stanley Foundation is a private operating foundation working toward a secure peace with freedom and justice. The foundation promotes public understanding, constructive dialogue and cooperative action on critical international issues.
The Ken Mills Agency (KMA) is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. KMA is known for the creation and distribution of public radio news programs worldwide.
Children of War web site: warchildren.org
KQED Public Radio web site: kqed.org/radio
The Stanley Foundation web site: stanleyfoundation.org
The Russia Project web site: russiaproject.org
The Iran Project web site: iranproject.org
The Ken Mills Agency web site: kenmillsagency.com