New ITV documentary featuring CAFOD’s work in Haiti to be screened 2 July
"A Very British Appeal: 50 years of the Disasters Emergency Committee" is a new documentary to be broadcast on Tuesday July 2 on ITV. CAFOD worked closely with the filmmakers in Haiti and the UK to highlight some of the incredible projects your money has helped fund for those affected by the 2010 earthquake.
In this powerful and at times disturbing film, award-winning journalist Rageh Omaar takes the viewer through the 50-year history of the Disasters Emergency Committee. During its half-century, the DEC has raised over a billion pounds in response to humanitarian disasters around the world. Every time there’s a natural or conflict-driven disaster, 14 of Britain’s biggest aid agencies come together as one under the banner of the DEC – and CAFOD is one of those agencies.
Taking a journey back through 50 years and 62 DEC appeals, the documentary features testimony from veteran aid workers from our peer organisations about the vital lessons the industry learnt having to deal with some of the world’s biggest and most complex humanitarian disasters. There are detailed accounts of the human tragedies in Cambodia, Biafra, Ethiopia, Somalia and Rwanda and there are some very personal and emotional accounts of these disasters from the DEC’s front-line aid worker themselves.
Rageh Omaar travels to Haiti where three years ago 220,000 people died during the most deadly earthquake in modern times. He sees exactly how the £107million the DEC’s Haiti Appeal received from the UK public has been spent on the ground for immediate support and help rebuild the lives and economy of Haiti. CAFOD’s house-building projects in Haiti are featured, showing how the new homes are earthquake and cyclone resistant, as well as giving Haitian builders and engineers the skills and knowledge to keep building homes to a high standard. Our schools evacuation drill project is also in the documentary, showing how children will be ready if disaster strikes again.
The film also follows the story of the DEC’s most recent appeal for Syria. From concept to launch, you can see the DEC team as they begin to raise the vital funds needed to ease the suffering of the hundreds of thousands of refugees currently fleeing the crisis over the border to Jordan.
Please be aware that due to the nature of the content of the documentary, some viewers may find some of the footage of the aftermath of the disasters distressing.