When we hear about devastating world events on the news, it is easy for us to read the headlines, be appalled for a few moments and then switch back to our own world. We all do it. However, even though self-indulgence is a natural human trait, so is empathy. Great suffering should not and does not go unnoticed and many people around the world are trying to help.
The refugee crisis is the perfect example of such a case. With such a dynamic, complex issue, it is easy for us to disconnect from the situation. It is easy to forget that countless children have lost their parents on the desperate journey to a better life and are now caught up in the world of sex trafficking. It is easy to forget how many parents and grandparents have sacrificed their own lives in order to give their families a chance to live in a better world. We must not disengage with what’s happening to humanity at the present time because we are part of it. Our team at TrueTube have attempted to translate the importance of empathy in our short drama on the refugee crisis. It explores the hypothetical concept of our country becoming a warzone and a family having to leave their home in search of refuge. It takes us on an inverted journey and reveals how even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference.
This film offers a powerful way to focus on the refugee crisis with your students, by making them think how they might feel if it happened to them. It will provide you with a platform to discuss the topic openly as a class. Teacher’s notes, an assembly script and another film on the same issue are also available on our website.
Many students around the world may feel confused and overwhelmed by the refugee crisis – as do many adults. Whatever their opinion may be, this film will connect your students to the complex situation on a human level and stir the emotion needed to keep humanity from breaking. It is a type of connection which makes us human in the first place.