Posts Tagged ‘ children ’

Mental Health Awareness in Adolescent Syrian Refugees

By Natalie Krafft

This essay was written by a TCP alum and former Denobis staff member during her freshman year of college.

Ahmed is a young boy, aged eleven, who has just fled Syria from all of its war and devastation. He has left his home, his friends and life as he knew it to flee to Greece. Since being in Greece, he has not been in school for a year and greatly misses his friends. The camp he lives in now is filled with diseases and has poor living conditions. The refugees who live here wait weeks or months before a soldier takes them to a new home. Now, all he wishes is to go to school to be with the other children and to be like them. This feeling of being ostracized is all too normal for him, which has lead him to be more melancholy than he typically was when he was back home (Katz).

For millions of children like Ahmed, this is their reality now, and it is taking a toll on their mental health, which will negatively affect them for the rest of their lives. Families of all sizes abandon everything they know for their safety. Adolescent refugees who are brought with these families have already faced trauma even before they left through the violence and death in their home regions. Their journey to a safer place is just as dangerous and once they arrive, nothing seems to be better right away. For a young person under the age of 19 to experience something as a traumatic as fleeing a war torn country can have some major consequences on their mental health that, if not addressed, could erupt into something much larger and darker such as depression and anxiety. Adolescent Syrian refugees are facing mental health problems because of the displacement from their homeland due to war. Continue reading

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The Little Prince: A Review

By Natalie Krafft

On August 5th, Netflix premiered yet another original film, this one based off the book The Little Prince. Director Mark Osborne adds a modern touch to the story that is very needed in this dark world. This new release serves as a good reminder for all kids that they don’t have to grow up just yet.

The story follows a little girl who is being shoved into adulthood too fast by her workaholic mother. It’s not until the little girl meets her eccentric aviator neighbor does she learn to be a child, realizing that getting into Werth Academy isn’t the most important thing. Throughout the movie, the aviator tells stories about the Little Prince. When the aviator is in the hospital, she takes his plane and flies to find the Little Prince. However, when she gets there, she finds that the Little Prince is all grown up. She helps him remember what it was like being a little kid, and he eventually does remember after seeing the sunset (made from part sun and part of the dust remains of his rose that he loved). She goes back finally realizing that even if the aviator dies, he’ll always be with her.

I personally thought that the animation was really unique and well done. It does stick with typical 3D animation, but it also has a sort of paper mache vibe that’s at first awkward but then incredibly fascinating. The music, by Hans Zimmer and Camille (a French singer-songwriter), was great! Camille’s singing was really nice, especially considering that The Little Prince was originally written in French.

The Little Prince book cover

The original cover of the book.

The Little Prince movie cover

The movie cover, with re-imagined illustrations and plot.

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