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| Information Zone|
If you lived in a war zone, what do you think would be your greatest
fear? Getting shot at? Standing on a landmine? Being captured by enemy solders?
Having a bomb land on your house while you were asleep?
|War breaks up families|
Ask a child who is living with all those fears and you might be surprised at
the answer. Almost all children caught in a war say their biggest fear is of
being separated from their parents. They say as long as Mum or Dad is with them,
they can face almost anything.
Sadly, more than one million children have been orphaned in wars in the last
decade and many more have been separated from their parents. It sometimes takes
years for agencies like World Vision and the Red Cross to find these children’s
families. Until then, many must grow up in orphanages or camps for unaccompanied
||A time of separation
- Think of a time when you were separated
from your parents. Perhaps you got lost at the shopping centre, or went
to camp for the first time, or just went to stay with a friend. Write down
at least five adjectives (describing words) to show how you felt.
- In a group of four or five, share the words you chose and explain why you
- Imagine you had not been able to find your parents again after that separation.
Write down five more adjectives to describe how you think you might have
felt. Again, share your words with your group.