In 2002, MAGNA’s founders became eyewitnesses of a tragedy in Cambodia, as AIDS struck the country and caused enormous loss of life.
Parents who had succumbed to the disease left behind orphaned children, many of whom were infected at birth and died on the streets without any medical assistance.
This experience – witnessing the inactivity and silence causing the deaths of thousands of people – was part of what motivated some young Slovaks to create an effective and flexible system of health and humanitarian aid. They were frustrated and outraged by the inability of large organizations to provide immediate help and provide life-saving treatment to the people in Cambodia, despite its already being available all over the world.
MAGNA was founded not only to provide assistance in disasters and conflicts, but also to talk about what we see. We believe that silence can kill. We hope that by revealing injustice we can help put an end to it.
Testimony, talking about what is happening to people, and being willing to help them formed the basis for creating MAGNA. Today it is still the basis of what we do. We treat and, at the same time, document the fate of disaster victims: bringing pictorial and written stories from forgotten parts of the world that would otherwise never reach the general public.
STORIES AND TESTIMONIES
RAPE OR DEATH
TRANSPORT TO EUROPE
CHILDREN HAVING CHILDREN
WHERE THE LIGHT WENT OUT
REALITY AFTER EUPHORIA