CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF W.H AUDEN'S 'REFUGEE BLUES’ Put in simple terms, this is a poem about the plight of a specific group of refugees displaced and arriving in a country that is generally hostile to their situation, even if well-meaning. Written in 1939, Auden focuses on the German Jews arriving in the UK at that time, though the poem has taken in a timeless quality due to the commonality of its subject. Indeed, it is not until stanza 8 that Auden identifies his Refugees. Possibly he is trying to show the reluctance of the persecuted to identify themselves for fear of further persecution, possibly he is allowing the narrator –we assume a husband – to present the key ideas of his poem without the idea of Jewishness in some way getting in the way of a universal message. He has chosen the title Refugee Blues to link to the protest and subculture of the enslaved Blacks, who developed this musical form in the Southern USA, and has written a poem in which the rhythm and rhyme scheme (AAB) reflects the musical style. Jonathan Peel SGS 2012
Refugee Blues by W H Auden Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there's no place for us, my dear, yet there's no place for us. Once we had a country and we thought it fair, Look in the atlas and you'll find it there: We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now. In the village churchyard there grows an old yew, Every spring it blossoms anew: Old passports can't do that, my dear, old passports can't do that. The consul banged the table and said, "If you've got no passport you're officially dead": But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive. Went to a committee; they offered me a chair; Asked me politely to return next year: But where shall we go to-day, my dear, but where shall we go to-day? Came to a public meeting; the speaker got up and said; "If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread": He was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me.
Kids in Detention: 20/10/2015, Behind the News Did you know that about 200 kids are currently being held by the Australian Government in immigration detention centres? Some are held in Australia, others on an island a long way from here called Nauru. But lately there's been growing concern for their welfare. A group of doctors from the Royal Children's Hospital in Victoria recently announced that they're now refusing to return kids sent to them for treatment from an immigration detention centre. But why? These kids are writing letters to their pen pals. MICHAELA: I like to cook, and when I grow older, I want to be an actor in movies. HARPER: My favourite singer's Drake, and my least favourite singer's Taylor Swift. MICHAELA: The drawing below is from my favourite TV show Adventure Time. But these kids at a primary school in Melbourne haven't actually met their pen pals. SARAH & MICHAELA: Hi BtN, I'm Sarah, and I'm Michaela. DR TOM CONNELL, MELBOURNE'S ROYAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: Children from detention develop anxiety and depression.
Materials - Identity Exploration Unit Plan Jason Mormolstein:NCAA Takes Aim At Indian MascotsThis article was written after the NCAA’s decision to ban those teams who used racially “abusive” or “hostile” mascots from participating in post-season activities. The announcement spurred numerous complaints from affected schools, including Florida State, who claims their use of a Seminole mascot is fair because it has been “okayed” by the Seminole tribe. The article raises questions about what types of mascots are acceptable and who has the right to make that decision. Savage Country: American Indian Sports Mascots Part One This video outlines the Native American mascot issue, specifically in Oklahoma High School football. Cheerleading for ‘Abusive’ Mascots This article continues to discuss the Native American mascot issue and provides the point of view of supporters, who say that many of the mascots are supported by Native Americans. T. Smoke Signals Jason Mormolstein: NBC Sports. Preschel, Jill. Schill, Brian James. Eliot, T.
Slavery in America - Black History The South would reach the breaking point the following year, when Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln was elected as president. Within three months, seven southern states had seceded to form the Confederate States of America; four more would follow after the Civil War (1861-65) began. Though Lincoln’s antislavery views were well established, the central Union war aim at first was not to abolish slavery, but to preserve the United States as a nation. Abolition became a war aim only later, due to military necessity, growing anti-slavery sentiment in the North and the self-emancipation of many African Americans who fled enslavement as Union troops swept through the South. Five days after the bloody Union victory at Antietam in September 1862, Lincoln issued a preliminary emancipation proclamation, and on January 1, 1863, he made it official that “slaves within any State, or designated part of a State…in rebellion,…shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
Why people are fleeing Syria: a brief, simple explanation With the refugee crisis worsening as many Syrians attempt to flee to Europe, many people may find themselves wondering just how the war in that country got so bad, and why so many are fleeing now. Here, then, is a very brief history of the war, written so that anyone can understand it: Syria is a relatively new country: Its borders were constructed by European powers in the 1920s, mashing together several ethnic and religious groups. Since late 1970, a family from one of those smaller groups — the Assads, who are Shia Alawites — have ruled the country in a brutal dictatorship. Bashar al-Assad has been in power since 2000. This regime appeared stable, but when Arab Spring protests began in 2011, it turned out not to be. On March 18, Syrian security forces opened fire on peaceful protestors in the southern city of Deraa, killing three. Perhaps inevitably, Syrians took up arms to defend themselves. It worked. By 2014, Syria was divided between government, rebel, ISIS, and Kurdish forces.
The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day Source: blogs.smithsonianmag.comWhere Are the 50 Most Populous Refugee Camps? is an interactive map from Smithsonian Magazine.A Refugee Camp On The Web is an interactive from Doctors Without Borders. Syrian Refugees Struggle at Zaatari Camp is an interactive from The New York Times. Two years on – Syria’s refugee crisis is an interactive from alJazeera. World Refugee Day 2013 is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe. The Guardian has published an excellent infographic titled What happened to history’s refugees? It charts some of the largest “human movements” in history, starting at 740 BC and ending at . Every registered refugee since 1960: interactive map is from The Guardian. Ten Largest Refugee Camps is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal. The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis is an impressive interactive from The New York Times. The refugee challenge: can you break into Fortress Europe? Where would 8.8 million displaced Syrians fit? Tap to Expand Customize size Click to copy
Befriend a Child in Detention | Community Project Engbloggalfa Vocabulary work – translate the following words: capital- huvudstad shore- strand purchase- köpa establish- grunda, upprätta settlement- bosättning designate-utse ransack- plundra incorporate- slå samman dominating- dominerande (största) staggering- förbluffande, chockerande artifacts- Saker (föremål) på ett museum Before watching the flipp: Read the text together in class: Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. While watching the flipp: Choose your “Top 3” sightseeing attractions. After watching the flipp: Write about three of the places you would visit if you went to Toronto on a holiday. The Syrian Refugee Crisis Explained Perfectly With a Simple Animation & Video In September 2015, the body of a three-year-old Syrian boy was found floating on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Photographs of the boy were quick to get circulated world over, and the world responded with a massive outcry over the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis. This was the first time the Syrian crisis was globally recognised as a burning issue, and one that needs to be addressed with utmost urgency. This video, by In a Nutshell , speaks about how the Syrian crisis is an international issue, and how it all started with countrywide unrest and the civil war in Syria. Watch this video to get a better understanding of the larger Syrian issue and learn about what measures we can take to offer help to the affected people. Video created by In a Nutshell .
You can't cure a disease by medicating its symptoms – same goes for the refugee crisis Last updated: September 3, 2015 You can't cure a disease by medicating its symptoms – same goes for the refugee crisis Södertälje, Sweden, early this morning; it’s dark, cold, and rainy. We are standing outside an office, drinking coffee. He suddenly stops, right next to us. We answer him, almost simultaneously, that he is in the right place. He looks relieved, relaxes his posture a bit, but then falters. While we wait for the cousin to arrive he tells us about the escape from Syria, about the fear of the Syrian regime and the fundamentalists. The worst bit is the escape routes, he explains, traveling in trucks packed with refugees and on sinking boats. For us, people living in Södertälje, these stories and human fates are something of a routine. The world is in chaos. The man we met that morning asks us: “Why are they not stopping this war, why are they not fighting the evil growing powerful in Iraq and Syria?
Refugees welcome | Playlist Now playing Today's refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it's growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now, a year later, the number is 60 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4 million.