"UNHCR Refugee Film Festival School Partners @ICU" held

Update: October 26, 2017

On 12 October, "UNHCR Refugee Film Festival School Partners @ ICU" was held at Science Hall, ICU. It was organized by ICU, a member of the United Nations Academic Impact, supported by UNHCR Representation in Japan / Japan for UNHCR and funded by ICU Research Grants-in-Aid of 2017.

Students of "International Law I", Professor Osamu Arakaki (Majors: Law, Public Policy, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Peace Studies) teaches and "Media and Cultural Signs", Associate Professor Takeshi Arimoto (Majors: Media, Communication and Culture and Gender and Sexuality Studies) teaches participated in the event, and around 200 participants watched the film, "Born in Syria." This event was moderated by Mr. Hajime Akiyama, a doctoral student at ICU, (Teaching Assistant for "International Law I", and Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science).

Before appreciation of the film, the Syrian Scholars Initiative (SSI), ICU and Japan ICU Foundation has launched, was introduced. It is a full scholarship that supports Syrian students who were displaced by the conflict throughout their entire undergraduate education at ICU, and they will come to ICU from September 2018.

Some students stated that they learnt refugees have difficulties to find a place to live, and their families being separated. They stated that this would place refugees in a more difficult situation to live. Other students found that the Syrian refugees face difficulties even if they are successfully escaped from Europe in order to secure their homes and jobs.

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