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The German Red Cross National Association of Saxony-Anhalt sends young people on the run

ID check - Photo: Heiko Fiedler

The role play "Youth on the Run" and the accompanying seminars provide a practical approach to the issues related to refugees and Humanitarian Law.

On the run - far away...

The Youth Red Cross and the Volunteer Services Team of the GRC National Association of Saxony-Anhalt took over the role play "Youth on the Run", a practical method to sensitize the youth in regards to issues related to refugee situations and International Humanitarian Law. Furthermore, the cooperation with the State Agency for Civic Education of Saxony-Anhalt and the GRC District Association of Wittenberg but also the cooperation with armed forces, the police and the cities, whose areas the role play is performed at, is fundamental for the implementation of "Youth on the Run ".

The role play is best suited to give young people an idea about the life of refugees. All "Youth on the Run” participants are given new identities and families. As a "family“ they must overcome a number of challenges in the various scenes in order to escape. Starting with bureaucratic office situations through adventurous flight campaigns up to be arrested by the police - the role play includes every thinkable situation that refugees have to suffer on their lengthy way of escape! The role play "Youth on the Run" takes a total of 24 hours and guarantees participants an intensive self-awareness. All kind of weapons within the role play "Youth on the Run” are forbidden. Just words and gestures allow to simulate individual situations within the 24 -hour role play. English is used as the official language for the role-play in order to increase the language barrier between instructors and participants.

Recent News

This is what the press says about the second "Youth on the Run" project, which took place 10th and 11th of November 2012. Listen and read yourself:

DRadio Wissen
Deutsche Welle
Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

This is what the press says about the third "Youth on the Run" project, which took place 19th and 20th of October 2013


As part of an international exchange program

arrival at the refugee camp - Photo: Heiko Fiedler

The first time the role play "Youth on the Run" was held Premsendorf (near Wittenberg) in June 2012. The team of the GRC National Association of Saxony-Anhalt was supported by international partners from Denmark, Iceland, Italy and Ireland. All participants in the first round of the role play "Youth on the Run" agreed that it has been the right decision to take part in such a project. No one wants to miss such an intense experience anymore. Nevertheless all participants were relieved after 24 hours; the time after they could lay down their role as an Somali refugee.

The GRC National Association of Saxony-Anhalt is realising the role-play "Youth on the Run” in cooperation with the Regional Centre for Civic Education.


On the run – far away from home and family; searching for a safe place. These are the circumstances of people on the run. The GRC National Association of Saxony-Anhalt shakes young participants awake and makes the wider public aware of the inhuman life of refugees with the role play "Youth on the Run". According to the Refugees High Commission Office of the United Nations (UNHCR), to the end of 2010 there were 43 million people on the run worldwide. The Geneva Convention of 1951 defines a refugee as a person who “…owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country…”

Originally the role play "Young Refugees" was developed by the Dane Steen Rasmussen Cnops in the 1990s. The motivations of the Danish man were personal observations of young people who expressed an increasing intolerance and ignorance towards refugees and migrants.

Participants of the role play "Youth on the Run" (June 2012) said

Team of the 1st run - Photo: Heiko Fiedler

"I've experienced a lot and gained many impressions being refugee for a day. It was really interesting because being a refugee felt real! "

"The role play was very realistic - not least due to the instructors, who have played their roles very convincingly. Overall, the refugee situation and associated problems have been well clarified through the role-play. "

"I never thought that it can be done this real. Initially I had the problem to apply the English right, with time it came up though, so I understood everything and was even able to improve my English skills.”


Next run: to be announced

Further Info...
You can get all further Information from Katja Hartge-Kanning
Tel.: 0345- 2795325-10 Email: katja.hartge-kanning.sachsen-anhalt.drk.de

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