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ICBUW Germany celebrates the UN conflict and environment day

ICBUW Germany marked the UN day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict with a night of film and photography in Berlin.
1 December 2015 - Johanna Meier

ICBUW Germany conflict and envirornment day exhibition 2015

On Thursday the 12th November ICBUW Germany and the Toxic Remnants of War Network organised an information and discussion evening at the Coop Anti-War-Café in Berlin Mitte, shortly after the UN Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Visitors were given some insights by the film “Rizophora” by Julia Metzger-Traber and David de Lillis as well as an exhibition on the topic of toxic environmental damage in war and conflicts.

The movie examines the life of 11 residents of the Friendship Village in Hanoi, which accommodates young people with different physical and mental genetic diseases caused by the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Through surreal dance they are given an extraordinary voice. We were very happy to be joined by the director David de Lillis, Editor Kately Stiles and the sound artist Barnaby Tree with whom we discussed the origin of the movie as well as their work with the performers.

Afterwards our spokesperson Prof. Manfred Mohr took the stage and opened the exhibition, which deals with toxic environmental damage caused by depleted uranium and other substances used in war in war zones such as Iraq, Gaza or south Lebanon.

There was a lively interest in the topic and it was hotly debated over ensuing drinks. We would like to thank Heinrich Bücker for making the evening possible with his hospitality and catering.

The exhibition is still showing. Anyone who missed the event is invited to see it in the cellar of the Anti-War-Café on Rochstr. 3 in Berlin-Mitte. A Trailer for the movie can be found here: https://vimeo.com/123498557.

We would like to thank all participants and are very much looking forward to next time!