When Elmo And Big Bird Talk To Refugees


About the difficulties of getting the true “story” about other perspectives.  Read more at http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/05/526775562/when-elmo-and-big-bird-talk-to-refugees

Excerpt:

Another topic of discussion was how to help children understand the stress their caregivers are under.

“It’s very important to explain to children how parents feel about displacement, about losing their homes, about moving to a new country,” said Rabih El Chammay, a psychiatrist and head of the National Mental Health Program of Lebanon (where there are more than 1 million Syrian refugees). “Children notice what their parents go through but they don’t understand it. They get puzzled: ‘Why is Daddy shouting at me now? I didn’t do anything wrong.’ ”

 

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