• Short Summary

    Award-winning Visnews cameraman Mohammed Amin received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours list (January 1).

  • Description

    VARIOUS LOCATIONS (DECEMBER 1974 - OCTOBER 1991)
    NAIROBI, KENYA (DECEMBER 1974)
    1. SV/GV/MCU PRESIDENT JOMO KENYATTA ATTENDS INDEPENDENCE DAY CEREMONY 0.17
    SIACHEN GLACER, INDO-PAKISTAN BORDER (JUNE, 1987)
    2. CU/SV/GVS PAKISTANI TROOPS ON PATROL IN ARCTIC FATIGUES, PAKISTANI HELICOPTER, AERIALS OF GLACIER 0.44
    QALAT, AFGHANISTAN (JUNE, 1988)
    3. GVS MUJAHIDEEN GUERRILLAS FIRING AT GOVERNMENT TROOPS, DEAD BODIES FROM FIGHTING 0.59
    KOREM, TIGRE PROVINCE, ETHIOPIA (OCTOBER 1984)
    4. GV/CUS/GV FAMINE VICTIMS SEATED, RUSHING FOR FOOD SUPPLIES 1.31
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 13, 1985)
    5. AERIALS/GVS/SVS 'LIVE AID' CONCERT AT WEMBLEY, STATUS QUO PERFORMING 1.54
    6. MCU MO AMIN INTERVIEWED ON DAY OF 'LIVE AID' CONCERTS AND SPEAKING ABOUT HIS COVERAGE (ENGLISH) 2.19
    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JUNE 4, 1991)
    7. GVS THE AMMUNITION DUMP EXPLOSION IN WHICH AMIN LOST HIS ARM; CU THE BBC'S MICHAEL BUERK DESCRIBES THE EXPLOSION (ENGLISH)/ SVS AMIN ON STRETCHER BEING FLOWN TO NAIROBI, KENYA FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT 3.40
    WARREN, OHIO, UNITED STATES (FILE) (PART MUTE)
    8. MCU/CUS AMIN FITTED WITH ARTIFICIAL ARM 3.58
    HARARE, ZAMBABWE (OCTOBER 18, 1991)
    9. SV AMIN WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER JOHN MAJOR, SHOWS HIS ARM AND DEMONSTRATES ITS USE 4.36
    10. MCU AMIN WITH GROUP OF MEN HOLDING ONE MAN'S THUMB WITH HIS ARTIFICIAL HAND TO SHOW STRENGTH OF GRIP 4.48
    TRANSCRIPT SQ 6:
    AMIN: "WHEN I WAS SHOOTING THE STORY I KNEW THAT'S GOING TO
    AWAKEN A LOT OF PEOPLE TO THE PROBLEM, BUT IN THE PAST THERE
    HAS BEEN STORIES DONE, THEY'VE BEEN SHOWN AND FORGOTTEN VERY
    QUICKLY. FORTUNATELY THESE PARTICULAR PICTURES DID NOT GET
    FORGOTTEN AND IT HAS LITERALLY SAVED MILLIONS OF LIVES IN
    AFRICA".
    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 7:
    BUERK: "WE WERE TRYING TO GET AROUND IN TO A SORT OF GULLY,
    ABOUT HALF A MILE FROM WHERE IT WAS ALL GOING UP, BECAUSE WE
    WERE TOLD THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE HURT AND WANTED TO SEE IF
    THAT WAS RIGHT. AND WE WERE JUST COMING ROUND LIKE THAT QUITE
    CLOSE TOGETHER, BUT MO A LITTLE BIT FURTHER OUT AND JOHN WAS
    A LITTLE BIT FORWARD WHEN SUDDENLY IT WENT OFF LIKE AN ATOMIC
    BOMB".
    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 9:
    MAJOR: "WELCOME BACK. HOW ARE YOU. NICE TO SEE YOU".
    AMIN: "I AM VERY WELL. NICE TO SEE YOU TOO. I'VE GOT A NEW
    ARM NOW. IT'S VERY MOBILE. I CAN RELEASE MY WRIST IN BOTH
    DIRECTIONS, I CAN ALSO DO THE OPENING AND CLOSING AND I CAN
    OPERATE MY LENS WITH IT".
    MAJOR: "WELL, IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU BACK. I HOPE IT WON'T BE
    TO HARD FOR YOU. LOVELY TO SEE YOU."



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
    Background: Award-winning Visnews cameraman Mohammed Amin received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours list (January 1).

    Amin is best known for his emotive coverage of the Ethiopian famine in 1984. His pictures, together with narration by the BBC's (British Broadcasting Corporation) Michael Buerk, triggered a massive international response including the 'Live Aid' rock concerts which raised millions of dollars for famine relief.

    The Nairobi-based cameraman covered a variety of assignments for Visnews including conflicts on the Indo-Pakistan border and in Afghanistan.

    However Amin was severely injured while filming in Addis Ababa during the rebel take over of the Ethiopian capital in June 1991.

    Amin's sound recordist, John Mathai, was killed as the pair were caught in a massive explosion near an ammunition dump.

    Amin lost the lower part of his left arm in the blast. But he was not content to settle for a desk job and visited the United States, where specialists constructed an electronic limb which responds to pressure from muscles in the upper arm. With a specially-adapted camera Amin has been able to resume filming.

    The Visnews cameraman received a special greeting from British Prime Minister John Major while filming at the Commonwealth summit in Harare, Zimbabwe, in October 1991.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA667VVAWCQBUNZA3P8P7IKWD9X
    Media URN:
    VLVA667VVAWCQBUNZA3P8P7IKWD9X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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