The Voice of America won three medals at the 2019 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards ceremony at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas on April 9, 2019.
VOA’s documentary Displaced, detailing the experiences of the Rohingya Muslim refugees currently living in the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, won a Gold World Medal in the International Affairs Documentary category, a Silver World Medal in the Best News Documentary/Special News Program category, as well as a United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) special Bronze Award.
VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren and a camera crew shot the documentary in the Rohingya refugee camp last summer. The team detailed the experiences and current living conditions of more than 700,000 displaced Rohingya Muslims that sought refuge in Bangladesh, after Burmese military operations in neighboring Myanmar caused them to flee.
“The Voice of America chose to spotlight one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world today,” said VOA Director Amanda Bennett. “We are so gratified that the festival judges recognized the importance of sharing with the world the tragic story of the Rohingya refugees.”
In addition to the multi-winner documentary Displaced, VOA’s digital project Cambodia Adrift was a finalist in the Digital Special Event category.