Child Refugee Awareness Choral Project | Dig Deeper2018-02-10T17:59:54+00:00
Refugees Named in the Song
There are seven refugees named in the “free sing” part of this song, along with Lamiya.  Some of the names are from novels, both fictional and non-fiction, and one is a famous musician.
Guled – born in Somalia in 1993 in the midst of a “permanent state of civil war”. Guled was kidnapped with other boys while at school by the militant group Al-Shabab.  After some time, and after experiencing multiple acts of terror perpetrated by Al-Shabab, Guled finally managed to escape to Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya.
Miguel – a fictional character in Alexandra Diaz’ “The Only Road”. Miguel and his cousin, Jaime, refused to join the local terrorist gang, The Alphas. Now the memory of Miguel is all that Jaime and his cousin Angela have left, as they flee Guatemela to save their lives, in what will be a harrowing journey.
A summary article of “The Only Road”, including a word or two about tween readiness for this novel are discussed here:
Wyclef – Wyclef Jean is a famous musician, rapper, and actor. He is Haitian and come to America as a child with his parents to escape the Duvalier Dynasty.

Angela – a fictional character in Alexandra Diaz’ “The Only Road”. Angela and her cousin, Jaime, are soon to be “recruited” into the local terrorist gang, The Alphas. After Angela’s brother, Miguel, and Jamie refuse to join, Angela and Jamie flee Guatemela to save their own lives, in what will be a harrowing journey.  Angela is an example of a young girl who becomes a heroine through this journey, by thinking quickly and protecting everyone around her in any way she can, including the severely injured dog she saves, Vida.

A summary article of “The Only Road”, including a word or two about tween readiness for this novel are discussed here:
Nisho – Born en route to the largest refugee camp in Kenya, named Dadaab, Nisho is a worker in the market known as Bosnia in the Ifo camp. As an adult, Nisho cares for his mother, who has fallen ill from the psychological trauma she experienced in Somalia.
Professor White Eyes – Born in Ifo. Was blind as a child, but regained his sight partially, though his eyes remained cloudy.
Of course, these are merely suggestions. It is up to the individual choir as to what level they wish to explore this topic. 

Director’s Kit
A director’s kit will include activity suggestions both in the rehearsal and interactively with the composer.
Activity suggestions include:
  1. Discovering stories of real life refugees – using the first name of the discovered refugee in the “free name” part of the song.
  2. Writing a fictional story about a refugee, based on stories discovered.
  3. Discovering the songs and musical culture of the oppressed family, their community and their culture
  4. With permission, submitting a photograph of a refugee, a host family with a refugee guest, or a refugee with the child who is singing the concert for the YouTube video to be created about the project. (There may be more than one video).
  5. Bringing in a guest speaker, a former refugee or a host family.
  6. For older students, researching the causes and struggles of refugees
  7. For older students, discovering the helpers. Looking to the helpers. Who are the people who are coming up with solutions for refugee communities.
Of course, these are merely suggestions. It is up to the individual choir as to what level they wish to explore this topic. 

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