GAMING WITH REFUGEES | AGGE & WHIMP IN ANKARA (RED CRESCENT)

GAMING WITH REFUGEES | AGGE & WHIMP IN ANKARA (RED CRESCENT)


My name is August “Agge” Rosenmeier
I’m a professional FIFA player for North.
My name is Jonas Svendsen and I’m the director of esports at North.
We were invited to Ankara in Turkey by Red Crescent to have a talk with one of the main characters Mehmet
in the interactive movie Brothers Across Borders
and also to visit one of their community centers to see the work
that they do to help the Syrian refugees to create a new life.
When I crossed the border, I went to Gaziantep in my father’s car
because they came to Turkey before me
the situation of characters in the film was worse than me
the situation of social life
after I came to Turkey, was not really easy
because I was studying back in Syria
and I haven’t worked before
and after you came to Turkey and started working because of financial situation
I worked for one year
and after that I started studying a course
and I paid for university exams and I got into university
after I got into university my family
went to Denmark
Did you visit them?
No, I applied for a visa, but they rejected me and…
I have been…
They have been there for 3 years and I haven’t seen them for 3 years.
Being forced to flee the place that you’ve called home since you were a child
starting a new life, in a new country
with no money and no social relations
working a full year to be able to pay to finish your studies.
followed by your family travelling to Denmark
where you can’t see them for 3 years
it must be so mentally exhausting
and emotionally draining.
The interactive movie is about Ismael who’s searching for his brother Muhammed
Muhammed left Syria to find a safe place for his family to live
The family has lost all contact with Muhammed shortly after his departure.
This is why Ismael is seeking help
with Red Crescent, in order to find his brother
this is a problem many refugees live with.
We left with a larger perspective
on the whole Syrian refugee crisis that is going on
which also lead to us
having a stronger appreciation for our lives here in Denmark
where we are spared from war and from political conflict.
When we arrived at Red Crescent’s community center
we got a tour and we heard about all the work that they do there.
So some people they show up
they lost their relatives in Syria or in the way of migration
so they can apply here and say, I’m looking for my relative
and I would like to reunite.
The community center also provides classes
in different languages, sewing and cooking.
In Red Crescent center I got the opportunity
to play some FIFA against some of the local refugees.
It was such a good feeling, to give them a good experience.
Gaming can bring people together
Are you ready?
whether its competitive or casual.
In the end
you’re having a good time.

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