Imogen, Allan and Michael experience Mogadishu the city from which Abdi fled 20 years ago.
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15 Jun 2015 - 3:59 PM  UPDATED 24 Sep 2015 - 11:45 AM

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In Clip 3, Imogen, Allan and Michael experience Mogadishu the city from which Abdi fled 20 years ago. In this country of 10 million people almost one million have fled their homes. They live in temporary makeshift tents in the country’s parks. Mogadishu’s largest park is now home to more than 3000 families escaping war and famine.



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Attitudes, Ethics and Citizenship

Question 1 

Aid workers have described the makeshift camp in Mogadishu as the worst they’ve ever seen. Michael calls it the place the world forgot. Describe the conditions in the Mogadishu camp and your reaction when you first saw it. 

Question 2 

Outline what you see as the main problems facing the families who live in the Mogadishu camp. 

Question 3 

Throughout the clip, Allan suggests several measures that would discourage people from leaving Somalia to seek asylum elsewhere. List his ideas and any others you can think of. 



Democracy, Duty and National Values

Question 4

Watch the video on OneJustWorld and outline what the speaker sees as our responsibilities to the global poor. Do you agree with his views? 

Question 5

In this opinion piece in The Age newspaper, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon stresses how important it is for the world to rescue Somalia’s refugees. Outline what he sees as possible actions the individual can take, as well as Australia as a nation, to help the plight of Somalis. 

Question 6

Somalia is one of the countries targeted in AusAID’s Looking West: Australia’s Strategic Approach to Aid in Africa report (2011-2015). In the Executive Summary, the report discusses some of the major development challenges facing Africa. Outline what these development challenges are and how they might affect the effectiveness of Australia’s aid program.



Human Rights, World Issues and Responsibilities

Question 7 

More than one million people are displaced within Mogadishu. Internally displaced people are not officially refugees.

a. What is the meaning of the word displaced?

b. What factors have forced them to move from their homes?

c. Why haven’t they left their own country?

d. Where have they settled?

e. How are they managing to feed and clothe their families?

Question 8

In Mogadishu many Somalis are denied a number of human rights including the right to education and the right to shelter. Read this explanation of human rights and explore what ‘interdependent and indivisible’ means for human rights? 

Question 9

The UNHCR provides up-to-date Population Movement Trends for Somalia. Go to this webpage to see the statistics. On the page a graph presents the different reasons for movement. Clicking on a reason will show the breakdown of numbers of people who are displaced and moving in Mogadishu. 

Investigate the different reasons for movement and the statistics. Using the statistics provided draw a graph to show the reasons for movement in July 2012. Order these reasons from highest to lowest. 

Question 10

The Social Policy Section of the Parliament of Australia has compiled a document to help us understand the facts relating to refugees and asylum seekers. Refer to this document: Asylum Seekers and Refugees: What are the facts? and write a 200 word commentary on how the Mogadishu displaced population situation impacts on the number of people attempting to reach Australia by boat. 


Foreign aid 
Responsibilities to the world’s poor
Development challenges in Africa
Internally Displaced Persons


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AusAID – The Australian Agency for International Development
One Just World: Think, Talk, Act on Global Poverty and Development
UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund: Somalia program
United Nations Political Office for Somalia