Handicap International Luxembourg and Amnesty International Luxembourg will screen a documentary film entitled "Eau Argentée" on Monday 11 January 2016 at 20:30 at the Cinémathèque in Luxembourg city centre.
The screening is part of the cycle "Le Monde en Doc" organised by the Cinémathèque, etika and ATTAC Luxembourg.
The two NGOs have decided to join forces to present a moving documentary which looks at the Syrian conflict. While the country is about to enter its fifth year of conflict and wars are intensifying around the world, the film is made from amateur video filmmakers and traces the evolution of the Syrian revolution. "At the beginning of 2016 and to echo our mobilisation campaign initiated last September, we wanted to discuss again with citizens in Luxembourg, a problem more just news" sais Martin Lagneau, director of Handicap International Luxembourg.
Active since March 2013 in Syrian territory, Handicap International conducts emergency actions in support to vulnerable populations affected by the conflict, relying in particular on local humanitarian organisations. These activities range from the distribution of goods and essential commodities to improve the access of vulnerable people to essential services, by way of psychosocial support and physiotherapy sessions. Finally, the association organises awareness sessions on risks related to the presence of explosive remnants of war for the people in Syria, as well as for Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, in anticipation of a possible return in affected areas by fighting.
Since the beginning of the war in Syria, Amnesty International continues to denounce the serious human rights violations suffered by the civilian population. The research missions by Amnesty International experts in the field have helped to account for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against civilians for almost 5 years. In 2015, Amnesty International also launched the "Open to Syria", which aims to pressure rich countries, based on their populations, so they welcome a greater number of refugees from Syria, thanks to resettlement programmes and humanitarian admission. The organisation is also very active on the issue of enforced disappearances in Syria, a phenomenon that affects all segments of the Syrian population. Recently, Amnesty International Luxembourg launched a petition supporting Rania Alabbasi, a renowned dentist of Damascus and his five children abducted in 2013 by government forces, which can be signed on the www.amnesty.lu website.
"For five years our section mobilises persons in danger in Syria like Rania Alabbasi and her children. And we know that even with the Syrian regime, our signatures and noise can save lives," said Stan Brabant, Director of Amnesty International Luxembourg.
The documentary will be followed by a discussion with Stan Brabant, Director of Amnesty International Luxembourg and Lagneau Martin, director of Handicap International Luxembourg; they will return including the dramatic situation faced by the Syrian civilian population and the means to implement to help the population.
Tickets cost €3.70/person (reduced €2.40) and are available from www.luxembourg-ticket.lu.