On October 31. we on Fagerlia had something called international day. This event is held every year, and this year we got a visit form a woman that had met with UN (United Nations) in the Gaza Strip. After her presentation there was a “human library” where voluntary people spoke of their experiences from being refuges.
The woman who held the presentation have been to the middle east several times and talked about the situation in Israel, West broad and the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip is the most crowded place on earth with 1,8million people stacked in an area of 365 km². Nå er det Hamas som sitter med kontroll over Gazastripen. The majority of the inhabitants are refugees from the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 and their descendants. She also informed us that approximately 50present of the Palestinians on the Gaza Strip are under 16 years old.
The Operation Days work this year went to the youth living on the Gaza Strip. The youth here got a minimum of food and education. The area is being bombed by Israel where the Muslims live. She doesn’t recommend traveling to the areas which are in war, but she say`s not to be afraid to take a holiday in the middle east.
We have watched two films in class, the first one; Girl Rising (2013, directed by Richard Robbins) is a movie about girls in developing countries whish face difficulties with the culture or religion of their country. It takes up issues like marrying off girls as young as seven years old to save them from becoming poor. Girls are oppressed and discriminated, raped and are given very few opportunities of making a future for themselves. It is important to face the fact that this is still happening in many parts of the world even though many countries have come far.
We also watched Before the Flood (2016, directed by Fisher Stevens). This movie shows us how global warming has developed since the industrial revolution, how it is today, and what will happen in the future if we don`t change the way we produce and use energy. Today we mostly use nonrenewable energy sources like coal, oil and gas. The temperature is rising, and the world is melting. Its up to us to leave the world in a better state than it was given us. Today we are not doing that.
Both of these movies want people to take action and responsibility for the world and future. I would recommend these movies to everyone, but especially young people. This is because young people are the future. These people are going to decide what is important for the planet and the next generations to come. These movies main goals are to show cultural, political and environment issues we face today. The movies show strong pictures and will make a statement that will embellish you for the better.