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.
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").
Another played a game of introductions to help the villagers remember each other's Arabic names.
One mughamara learned about emotions through the flyswatter game.
Another practiced introductions and common questions through a competition.
During waqt al-fan wa al-riyada (arts and sports time), the soccer team came together to practice for I-day.
One group created scented bouquets of jasmine out of clay.
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!
After dinner, we had our refugee simulation. Villagers started off crowded in boats by the shati ' (beach) to simulate arriving in a new land.
Then, a mean security officer took all of the passports from the travelers, leaving them stranded on shore.
When villagers attempted to cross into Sweden, they were met by an additional officer who refused to let them in without a fight.
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.
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.
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!