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Sketching the future


In this document we present the testimony and lives of many of the people who lived in the Salala camp during the year 2005. Along with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), they participated in a project that has exceeded initial expectations. This project was based on one of the basic tasks of the Jesuit Refugee Service, to serve, in this case, internally displaced persons in the field through educational tasks.

Category: Refugees

Didactical proposal

Knowing refugees

How would we feel if we were forced to leave our home, family, friends, environment? What is the difference between a refugee and a displaced person?

Surfing in the website of the Jesuit Refugee Service

Do we think that Internet is a suitable way to transmit information?. Does it affect the visual impact and the setting up a website on the perception of the message?

How do we work with refugees?

What injustices are suffered by refugees? How should work with the excluded and the refugees? What kind of needs have to be attended?

Is it possible to create a future horizon for refugees?

What countries in the world have a greater number of refugees? What is the difference between a refugee and a displaced person? What kind of injustices do refugees suffer? What type of needs do organizations working on behalf of refugees serve?

African women presidents?

What do we know about African women? Do we know any holding a political office? What does the media say about African women?

The challenge of reintegration...

What family, economic or educational problems may the displace people find when they return to their homeland?. How can help they solve these problems?

What do we know about Liberia?

Where is Liberia located? What do we know of its people, its economy, its politics?

How can we organize an activity or project?

How would we organize an activity in a refugee camp? What should we look for? What help or materials we would have?

Horizons of past, present and future

Have we thought how our lives have been, how it is now and what hopes do we have for the future? Have we ever thought how refugees feel about their past, present and future?.

Children like us?

What do we know about children at risk in our environment? What kind of risks face children in our society? What kind of risks are there in West Africa?

Children in extreme situation: Child soldiers

Do we know the problems of children in Liberia during the war? What are the consequences being child soldier? Is it possible the integration after the conflict?
We deliver a paper about the situation in Liberia (Tab 11.1) and provoke a brainstorming that we present on the board or flipchart about these questions: What risk have children of Liberia in the war? What problems do they face when conflict ends? What solutions are proposed and what difficulties lie? What solutions we propose to help them to integrate into society?
Then we compare the situation of children in Liberia with the minors of our environment, reviewing the activity on Children like us?.
Tip: You can complete the activity with Javier Bardem video Invisibles about soldier children or with the material available on the subject in ALBOAN.

The conflict tree in Liberia

What do we know about the war in Liberia? Do we know how the situation is today and who the president is? What challenges the country faces?

What is being done for the refugees?

What is being done for the refugees? Do we know any NGO working for them? What can be done?

What does an NGO do?

Do we know any Non Governmental Organization? Do we know how they work, what their objectives are? Do we know which NGOs operate in our city?

Getting to know an organization that works with refugees

Do we know how the Jesuit Refugee Service works? What issues are the focus of this service?
We read card 15.1 and we try to answer the following questions in groups: why is important to ask the deeper reasons for forced migration? What are the main areas where JRS works? How can they influence influence the international protection of refugees? And of IDPs? Is it important to seek durable solutions? How JRS defends people in conditions of exile?

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