“We live in a world of plenty and it is our duty to help those in need.”
With my documentary feature film “A Bond For Life“, I have begun supporting UNICEF Germany in their ongoing aid operation in Syria. Help is provided on the ground in wartorn Syria where children have been suffering greatly. UNICEF provides life-saving health support, food, immunization, water and sanitation, as well as education and child protection.
After more than five years of conflict, Syrians are facing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with grave protection and human rights violations occurring daily. Children are particularly vulnerable to such violations as recruitment into armed groups, exploitation and abuse, including early marriage and child labour. Within the Syrian Arab Republic, some 6.5 million people have been displaced. Nearly 5 million Syrians have been registered as refugees. Many families have lost everything – including, for those who have fled the country, the protections that come with citizenship.
The World Premiere of my film on 12 March 2016 raised 2.500 Euros which I personally handed over to my local UNICEF branch in Braunschweig, Germany. The sum was made up of ticket sales as well as two charity auctions held that night in the C1 Cinema Braunschweig as well as the glamurous Aftershow-Party at Tanzschule Hoffmann.
With several more screenings, among them Spain and Switzerland, I was able to raise even more money for UNICEF and will continue to do so. Seeing that audiences reacted so positively and gave generously everywhere the film was screened, confirmed that I had achieved a good and meaningful thing with my project. At this point, I once again wish to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone involved in the making of this film and naturally to the audience who has helped me to make a significant contribution to the UNICEF aid operation in Syria.
I will continue to support UNICEF with more screenings of “A Bond For Life” and would like to encourage everyone to donate to this worthy cause.