RFE/RL’s Maja Nikolić wins Annual Regional Media Award
Maja Nikolić’s documentary Each Morning, New Fear portrays the ordeal of children from the Bosnian village of Potocani who set out before dawn every morning to walk seven kilometers of gravel road through the woods to reach the nearest school in the city of Zvornik.
In the documentary, Nikolić shadows the children on their arduous trek, speaking to them about how the journey impacts their learning. She interviews parents and school administrators, who blame the lack of transportation on political elites who are indifferent to the problems of Bosnians. Just days after the video was published on the Balkan Service’s website, a group of Bosnians living in Switzerland donated a van that is now used to transport the children to school.
“Your help, support, and interest in topics related to the protection and promotion of children’s rights are very important to us. I can not say how important it is that the media are champions of the rights of children and their friends, those who understand the rights of the child. Year after year, more and more applications to this competition, and most importantly — the application are all better. All who have signed up to this competition and showed interest in the promotion of children’s rights, therefore are the winners, and thanks to the jury which chose the best among a large number of high-quality entries,” said assigning awards Ayman Abulaban, UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle: prenatal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education.