--By the Hollywood Teen Book Council
There have always been conflicts in the world that leave innocent populations vulnerable. Currently, there has been a lot of recent news around refugees from various parts of the world. We are always curious to learn more either through fiction or from true accounts. Here are some of the resources that we have found particularly meaningful in understanding our world better, and what others are facing.
While exploring conflicts in Central America in the 1980, this podcast explores the “social movement based on the ancient religious concept of ‘sanctuary,’ the idea that churches have a duty to shelter people fleeing persecution.”
This podcast looks at the government response to churches’ response as being sanctuaries by launching a full-scale investigation into the sanctuary movement.
Staff members of This American Life explore a refugee camp in Greece. They discuss how the Greek government is handling the refugee crisis; explore an abandoned baseball stadium in Athens where about a thousand Afghans are living; talk to a mother about what it is like to be a parent in a refugee camp; and what it is like for a refuge to call the asylum office via Skype.
The second part of the staff's visit to Greece explores what it is like to build a life living in a refugee camp.
Many of this year's Oscar nominated documentary shorts were about current refugee experiences. Look for these:
Short documentary that follows a coast guard captain on a small Greek island who is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.
Ten different TedTalks about that explore the refugee crisis and refugees' experiences.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Migrants and Refugees Sept. 28, 2015
By Derek Thompson in The Atlantic
Explores how taking in people who have no safe home isn't about GDP growth; it's about basic decency.