Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello, mum. Can you say hello to the camera? Oh, no. Are you filming here? I'm busy right now. She's the best cook in the world. Hi. Hello. And here we have Lettia. And Sierra. Go away. Oh my god. Out of my kitchen now. You go. OK, Mum. OK. I'm done, Mum. Hello, Sara. Can I fill you please? No. I have a few questions for you. Oh my god. Stop. No. I told you to leave! Me, me, me, me, me, me. I can do it. We discussed how dangerous it was. I mean-- no. I-- No. I-, no.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsThere has to be another way. We're safe here together. My name is on the list. We are all in danger. Then, we leave together. We don't have enough money to get us all out. I'm not leaving you and the girls, but we have to send Aden. He's too young to go on this journey. Please. He'll be safer if he leaves. Trust me.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondsStay with the man that I take you to. Are you listening to me? He will keep you safe. Okay, my boy?

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsPeaceful protesters were attacked and killed. The bloodshed had begun. We witnessed those who'd call for changes take up arms. Weapons were smuggled in as a new rebel force emerged.

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 secondsKeep your phone on. Listen to him, but don't trust him. Where is my money? Only trust yourself. Okay? I told you my money.

Skip to 2 minutes and 17 secondsHurry up. There you are.

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 secondsOK, let's go.

Watch Aden's Journey: Episode One

In this video you can watch episode one of a drama that will run throughout the course. This drama is called ‘Aden’s Journey’. Each week you will be able to see a new episode.

Over the next six weeks, through this film, we will examine some of the ideas in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and topics we will be studying during this course.

This week we are introduced to Aden. Aden lives with his family in a country that is badly affected by war.

Now that you have watched the first part of Aden’s Journey, please answer the following questions and share any other thoughts you might have in the ‘Comments’ section below:

  • Do you think it is in Aden’s best interests to be separated from his family?
  • What do you think about the decision to send Aden away with smugglers?

You are encouraged to read other participants’ comments. Remember, you can “like” comments if you agree with what’s been said or if you have found something particularly interesting, or you can “reply” to comments to initiate a conversation.

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This video is from the free online course:

Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

University of Strathclyde