The Embassy of Algeria in Switzerland, with the support of the Chancellery of the Canton of Vaud, organized on Saturday 24 March 2018 a ceremony to pay tribute to Charles-Henri Favrod, a Swiss Journalist-photographer and writer for the role he played during Algerian revolution.
This ceremony, which coincided with the 56th anniversary of Victory Day in Algeria, was to acknowledgment the Swiss Government’s and Charles-Henri Favrod’s the role as facilitators between the Algerian Provisional Government and the French colonial authorities during the Evian negotiations.
Present at the ceremony were many Algerian and Swiss politicians and historians, members of Favrod’s family and many members of the Algerian community in Switzerland.
Speeches were delivered at the occasion by the Ambassador of Algeria to Switzerland Mr. Moulay Mohammed Guendil, the Chancellor of State of the Canton Vaud, Mr. Vincent Grandjean, Scientific Collaborator of the Historical Service of the Federal Department of ForeignAffairs (FDFA), Mr. Marc Perrenoud, Journalist-producer at the Swiss Radio Television (RTS) Patrick Ferla, a friend of Charles-Henri Favour, and a member of Favrod’s family Viviane Favrod.
After the speeches, a documentary film made in 1989 on the life of Charles-Henri Favrod and the role he played as a moderator of peace in Algeria was shown.
To a question by journalist from the RTS on what would be his message if he realized his vision in future.
He responded: "A message of exchange and honest sharing. The awareness of the whole planet and particularly, the South which is our future. It is obvious here that some things will happen. If we do not take into account the South, we will lose ourselves! This is my message: EXCHANGE
The ceremony ended with an exhibition of photos taken by the late journalist in several Asian and Africa countries in the fifties followed by a brunch.
Charles-Henri Favrod has distinguished himself during one of the most difficult periods of African history by his personal commitment and his solidarity with the Algerian cause, in the struggle for its independence.
His perseverance and sense of judgement enabled him to accompany representatives of the Algerian FLN throughout the Evian negotiations, which led to the cease-fire on 19 March 1962, ending 132 years of occupation, suffering, oppression, and injustice.
Mr. Favrod is author of many resounding books on Algeria, including "The Algerian Revolution” and “The FLN and Algeria”, published respectively in 1959 and 1962. The books represent a collection of sincere and moving testimonies on the war of Algeria.
The Swiss journalist died on 15 January 2017, at the age of 89, leaving behind a rich heritage of abundant works on economy, literature, sociology, anthropology, abundant works on economy, literature, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, photography, theater, war, diseases, the world today …etc.
In a message of condolences addressed to the family and relatives of the late journalist, the Algeria’s President His Excellency Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, paid him a tribute for his unwavering commitment
Pic: 1 H.E. Moulay Mohammed Guendil
Pic: 2: 1st and 2nd from right H.E. Moulay Mohammed Guendil and Mr. Charles-Henri Favrod’s grand-daughter Viviane Favrod with some guests at the ceremony