Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

The BBC’s interactive “Syrian journey”

beirutBBC News today features a short interactive simulation in which the player assumes the role of a Syrian refugee trying to find asylum in Europe:

The Syrian conflict has torn the country apart, leaving thousands dead and driving millions to flee their homes. Many seek refuge in neighbouring countries but others pay traffickers to take them to Europe – risking death, capture and deportation.

If you were fleeing Syria for Europe, what choices would you make for you and your family? Take our journey to understand the real dilemmas the migrants face. This journey is based on extensive research and real stories of Syrians who have made the journey.

It includes links to personal stories, background information, and further discussion on social media. Overall, it is a simple but effective example of how interactive fiction can be used to explore difficult humanitarian challenges in a way that makes them readily understandable to a broader audience.

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