Access to the Danger Zone
The politics of war zone aid
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Eddie Gregoor (Belgium) has directed a large array of productions and shows for several Belgian television channels.
Eddie has specialised in productions covering music, food and human interest stories.
Peter Casaer (Belgium) has been working in the humanitarian sector since 1989. He held management positions in the field and in headquarters.
Since a few years, he focuses on photography and documentary work. He directed his first documentary "MSF (un)Limited" in 2011.
"We travelled to Afghanistan, Somalia and Eastern Congo, some of the worlds most dangerous places, to investigate the strategies international humanitarian agencies use to be accepted by the different warring parties.
We found out that the humanitarian world is highly divided over the issue. Many agencies, especially those linked to the United Nations or those who depend on (Western) governmental funds, no longer apply the concepts of neutrality and impartiality in these war zones. It results in confusion and endangers the entire aid community. Amongst those most at risk are the locally recruited doctors, nurses and managers. They are the ones who stay behind when the expatriates evacuate and who make sure the medical projects continue in the midst of the insecurity. We listened to the personal stories of courageous patients but who are victims of the violence twice: a first time when they are injured and need urgent help; a second time when the insecurity makes access to life saving care impossible.