Mrs. Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, the president of the AMADE jury, and Mrs. Sofia Amara, the director of "ISIS Next Generation" at the 58th edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Monaco, 19 June 2018
The 58th edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival: The AMADE special prize was awarded to the documentary "ISIS Next Generation," highlighting the situation of children recruited by ISIS fighters
The AMADE Special Prize was awarded this year to the documentary "ISIS Next Generation," produced by the reporter Sofia Amara and CAPA Presse, which denounces the situation of child victims of the recruitment policy conducted by ISIS in the Middle East through exclusive interviews with survivors, families of victims and witnesses of these crimes.
To ensure the continuity of the caliphate, ISIS is now taking aim at children. Hailing from religious minorities massacred by the Islamic State or simply living under their rules, all minors are targeted. The bravest are converted to Islam, indoctrinated and trained in combat. The most vulnerable are used as human bombs, sexual or domestic slaves, and even buried alive, decapitated or crucified.
During the award ceremony, Mrs. Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, the president of the AMADE jury*, emphasised the courage of Sofia Amara to go to Iraq in the footsteps of the coalition forces to collect testimonies of children who were conscripted by force, transformed into human bombs, and little girls reduced to the state of sexual slaves.
During her speech, the director, who actively fights for the psychological care of those suffering kids who are abandoned to themselves, welcomed the support provided by AMADE on behalf of their cause.
Indeed, as part of its intervention programme, AMADE supports the reintegration of children from armed groups as well as the psychosocial care and reintegration of girls who were victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We acknowledge that those children had their fates shattered and rebuilding their lives requires compassion and love.
* The AMADE jury was composed of Mr. Jérôme Froissart, Secretary General of AMADE, Mr. Paulo Uchoa, Member of the Board of Directors of AMADE and Mrs. Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, Founder and Director of the Georges Malaika Foundation.
Click here to watch the presentation of the AMADE Prize at the 2018 Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Click here to watch the documentary "ISIS Next Generation."