Asian Threads, Season 1, Episode # 27, “Girl in the Green Dress,” won a gold award in the current affairs category at the New York Festivals International Radio Programming & Promotions Awards.
Asian Threads on RTHK Radio 3 is a half hour story series that spins tales of Asian communities and cultures. From personal accounts and histories to ancient traditions and current events; storyteller, Reenita Malhotra Hora distills the epic moments that are woven deep into the fabric of Asia.
Agence France-Presse photographer, Massoud Hossaini, took a photo on December 6th, 2011 that stunned the world. Known as the “Girl in the Green Dress” it shows an Afghan Shia Muslim girl, Tarana Akbari, crying over the dying and injured following explosions during a religious ceremony at the Abul Fazel shrine in Kabul.
To mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, Tarana wore her best green dress. In a flash, she lost seven family members, including her little brother, Shoaib.
Massoud Hossaini went on to win the most prestigious US journalism prize, but the glory of the Pulitzer cannot dissipate the memories of pain and fear he suffered that day.
This episode of Asian Threads features Massoud’s firsthand account of the heartbreaking image he captured. Reenita, shares this story with the people of Hong Kong; 250,000 of whom tuned in to listen to Massoud’s poignant and emotional experiences of what can happen in just one day in Kabul.
For a complete of episodes from Season # 1, please click here.
To listen to the show podcast on the New York Festivals’ Worlds Best Radio award site please click here.
Here is the gold award winning podcast for Girl in the Green Dress. You can download or play from this website.