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One childhood

Shanta Devarajan's picture

Rarely do we come across a video that is visually beautiful, intellectually stimulating and emotionally inspiring.  “One childhood” is a documentary about how schools and schoolteachers in Eritrea are part of the campaign to improve children’s health.  Based on the actual findings of two thorough technical evaluations that showed the wide coverage and effectiveness of the Eritrea programs, the film tells the story of how school health is now being delivered in the mountains of Eritrea, in the arid lands of the Red Sea coast and in urban Asmara.  Available on YouTube, where it has been seen by 14,000 people in a month—probably 13,980 more than read the two technical reports—the film has won the CINE Golden Eagle award.  It can also be viewed here.

Truth in advertising:  The film’s executive producer, Don Bundy, is a colleague and may be a distant cousin of mine [don’t ask!].

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Submitted by alberto on
Good film, beautifully filmed, clearly written and enjoyable to watch. "Eritrea has become a threat - "a threat of a good example", a beacon of hope in a continent filled with misery and despair, and where Africans, despite their abundant resources, because of corruption and greed, and most of all because of economic programs prescribed by self-serving external forces, have been relegated to live on handouts from the "generous" west" ~ (Sophia Tesfamariam)

Submitted by Jasmin on
Very informal and to the point "improve children’s health" We need more videos like this on wider health awareness
Thank You

Submitted by michael on
Dear Shanta! Thank you for sharing this excellent film. Unfortunaly, misery and despair torture African continent.

Submitted by Abebe on
I became more demoralized after watching that movie. Eritrea during the war was very democratic and well organized. Very advanced in education with a highly advanced medical department. as soon as Eritrea became independent, Isayas Afeworki's dictatorial regime got reed of most of the educated people in the military, administrative, medical; basically all that formed the backbone of the Eritrean organization .The leaders of the defunct field hospital (Orota) during the war such as Dr. Nerayu, Dr.Asefaw and so many others are now serving in other African countries or Europe/USA. War heroes are now refugees in the west surviving on European or American welfare systems. As a result Eritrea was brought back to the level it was more than 30 years ago. Eritrea was even better during Ethiopian colonization. As far as education is concerned, this film is cheap propaganda. This government is totally against education of the Eritrean people. The first action of Isayas was to close the university not to educate Eritrean youth. Eritrean youth is all over the country prevented from having any education imprisoned in the “sawa” system without any hope of improving themselves consequently trying to escape from the country. Trying to escape from isayas’s dictatorial regime, Eritrean youth are being herded in Ethiopian refugee camps, dispersed in Sudan, dying in the read sea or Mediterranean water and being killed by Egyptian soldiers trying to reach a better life in Israel through Egyptian deserts. They are being victimized by Eritrea, Sudanese and Egyptian smugglers all over their journey to the dream life away from the dictator Isayas.

Submitted by Nursing on
This film is very inpirational. Thanks for sharing!

Submitted by EritreanAmerican on
First of all the "Abebe" character can very well be none other than Meles Zenawi. He has been known to frequent websites and Radio programs to spew his venom on the peace loving, hard working Eritrean people and their beloved leaders including his excellency President Issias Afwerki who refuses to steal, cheat and take money from his people. Meanhile, I am highly impressed by the video and it is a classic example of what creative work can do despite economic hardship. The Eritrean people don't deserve the terrible treatment that they are getting from the few powerful and corrupt organizations of the world, instead they must be encouraged to help expedite the work of the international community to give poor people in countries throughout the world the most basic human rights which is food security, health and education. Eritrea has been on the forefront of that challenge and continues to build and develop at a very good pace. One child hood is a witness to the great work of the Eritrean people and leadership. Thanks to the world bank for cooperating on a such a great project in partnership with Eritrea. I also want to say to all that Eritrean health minister featured in the film Minister Saleh Meky played a huge role in the project. May he rest in peace! Eritrean American

Submitted by error fix on
Eritrean youth are being herded in Ethiopian refugee camps, dispersed in Sudan, dying in the read sea or Mediterranean water and being killed by Egyptian soldiers trying to reach a better life in Israel through Egyptian deserts. They are being victimized by Eritrea, Sudanese and Egyptian smugglers all over their journey to the dream life away from the dictator Isayas.

Submitted by Anonymous on
This one of the few films that show the reality in Eritrea. With minimum resources, getting out maximum results. Imagine the kind of developments once Eritrea has a better economy. A great piece of work to Mr. Bundy!

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