Thursday, October 27 was World Day for Audiovisual Heritage so we thought we’d highlight a few gems from the Intercross archives. It also so happens that this past week, StoryCorps – the world’s largest oral history initiative – and Upworthy got together to launch the #WhoWeAre campaign, aimed at sharing the stories of everyday Americans in an effort to build compassion and “offer hope to a divided nation.” What better excuse then, to highlight some conversations from the Red Cross StoryCorps Initiative? These clips certainly highlight the best of #WhoWeAre!
(For our American fans, don’t forget that each year, StoryCorps invites high school students across the US and the elders they admire to take part in the Great Thanksgiving Listen. Check it out!)
The story of Black Hawk Down and the ICRC
October 3 marked 23 years since the infamous Battle of Mogadishu, when retired U.S. military pilot and former POW Mike Durant was held captive in Somalia after his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down. During his StoryCorps conversation with fellow veteran and ex-ICRC employee, Gary Brown, Mike recounted the harrowing moments and days he lived through in Somalia. He also talked about Suzanne Hofstetter, the ICRC delegate, who risked her life to visit him in captivity. Listen to their moving conversation here.
Relive the entire Red Cross StoryCorps experience here (including a video conversation from Mike Durant’s reunion with Suzanne Hofstetter 20 years later.)
A family’s story of love and war
Kim, Ben, and MeiLee Dozier each had their own private war story to tell when they took part in the Red Cross StoryCorps initiative. Kim was almost mortally wounded in an I.E.D. attack in Iraq in 2006 while serving as the Bureau Chief for CBS News in Baghdad. Ben was a World War II Veteran, who survived the Battle of Iwo Jima. MeiLee was orphaned by the Vietnam War and adopted by Ben and his wife at a Red Cross refugee camp in Guam. Sadly, Ben has since passed away but his memory definitely lives on. In this clip, he describes how MeiLee came to be his daughter, and Kim’s little sister. Listen here.
Going where you’re needed
Tracy Reines talked to her colleague and friend Stacy Ragan about their work at the American Red Cross. During their StoryCorps interview, they discussed what inspired them to do relief work, the places they've traveled in the world, and the amazing people, including Red Cross volunteers, they've met along the way. They day after their interview took place in November 2014, Tracy was deployed to Liberia to support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's response to the Ebola crisis. Listen here.
A mother and daughter story of inspiration and courage
Samantha Cohen was diagnosed with Sickle Cell disease at birth, and has required more than 1,000 blood transfusions over the past 14 years. Those life-saving transfusions were made possible thanks to the generosity of countless American Red Cross blood donors. In this clip, Kelleye Cohen, is talking to her inspirational daughter about the time Samantha came home following brain surgery. Listen here.
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