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refugee simulation night!

Published: August 8, 2018

Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome back to Al-Wāḥa! Today, after several days of unusual schedules, we returned to our regular activities.

In the istikshaf or exploration hour, some told stories about courage, which is our International Day (I-day) theme this year. Others teamed up for the International Day dance, for the Model UN team, or for the Iron Chef team.

the wimpy goose turns into a crocodile!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a brainstorming circle with the dance team...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

learning about governments in the Arab world with the MUN team...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

learning how to make hummus with the cooking team...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following lunch, we enjoyed nap time and free time. Afterward, we went to our second mughamara, our non-traditional instruction time. 

One class started off with a game of  "batta, batta, wizza" ("Duck, Duck, Goose").

going around the circle twice...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another played a game of introductions to help the villagers remember each other's Arabic names.

connecting each name with a gesture...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One mughamara learned about emotions through the flyswatter game.

swatting away...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another practiced introductions and common questions through a competition.

who will answer "ma ismoka?" ("What is your name?") the fastest?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During waqt al-fan wa al-riyada (arts and sports time), the soccer team came together to practice for I-day.

racing for the ball...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One group created scented bouquets of jasmine out of clay.

ah, smells delightful...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a lovely bouquet...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the new edition of the musalsal, the credit villagers took charge and both wrote and performed the show. In the musalsal, Yasmeen (Jasmine) leaves Aladdin because he's always asking her to make food for him. She winds up hungry, thirsty, and tired in the desert. There, she finds a teapot. When she rubs  the teapot, a genie comes out and tells her that he will grant her a wish. She wishes to become a queen and is transported to another planet. There, she meets some of the planet's defenders and fights them. Suddenly, her lost son appears, and both end up in prison. What happens next? Stay tuned to find out!

Yasmeen versus the planet's defenders...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner, we had our refugee simulation. Villagers started off crowded in boats by the shati '   (beach) to simulate arriving in a new land.

holding passports up high...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, a mean security officer took all of the passports from the travelers, leaving them stranded on  shore.

stomping away, passports in hand...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When villagers attempted to cross into Sweden, they were met by an additional officer who refused to let them in without a fight.

mwahaha! you shall never pass!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The officers then decided they were tired of the proceedings and threw all of the passports to the ground for villagers to pick through them and find their own passports.

an extreme inconvenience...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the villagers retrieved their passports, villagers divided into families to try for different countries. Some also had to pass through additional checkpoints at the khaima (tent) or at the Seven Sisters' Garden. Aside from the security checkpoints, villagers also had to jump through some hoops, like singing and dancing, to get into their new countries.

dancing at one of the security checkpoints + an interluder...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

delayed by a game at another security checkpoint...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jumping jacks to get Canadian citizenship...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

interrogations...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not permitted to enter after a long night of traveling...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the conclusion of the simulation, we had a debriefing session to discuss the importance of knowing the stories of refugees. One of our counselors also talked about her experience as a refugee at that time.

Thank you for stopping by!

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