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ICRC award-winning report from Nagorno-Karabakh



The 11the The ICRC humanitarian visa d’or was awarded on June 17 in Paris to Antoine Agoudjian, an independent French photojournalist. His work powerfully describes the heavy toll paid by civilians during the latest escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, with intense shelling and fighting in urban areas on both sides of the front line.

Heavy suspicions of war crimes in Nagorno-Karabakh

Reached by phone while reporting in Armenia on the occasion of the elections, he expressed, very moved “A deep gratitude to the members of the jury of the Humanitarian Visa d’Or of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for having recognized this work today. To symbolize my journalistic approach undertaken 30 years ago, I borrow this quote from an author whose name I have not found. I hope he will forgive me: appeasement will not come from silence but from the fermentation of truth. “.
Antoine Agoudjian will officially receive his prize on September 2 in Perpignan during the 33e edition of the international photojournalism festival “Visa pour l’Image”, where his work will be exhibited from August 28 to September 26, 2021.

Antoine Agoudjian, the cry of silence

Endowed with € 8,000, this prize meets the dual objective of promoting the work of a photojournalist covering an armed conflict or another situation of violence, but also of promoting the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law. “For the past four years, the focus of the ICRC’s humanitarian Visa d’Or has focused on the humanitarian consequences of wars in the city. These affect millions of civilians who have no choice but to take refuge or try to flee. Antoine Agoudjian’s photo essay in turn illustrates the plight of the victims of Nagorno-Karabakh and, by extension, the fate of civilians in many contemporary conflicts. ” explains Frédéric Joli, spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in France.

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