Human Flow Reflection

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I have never lived away from home before attending college, so at times I feel homesick for the luxuries my family home provided me with. For example, I greatly miss my cats, my sister, having a private kitchen and bathroom, access to a car, and our spacious backyard. I often cannot wait to go home as I know all these things await me. I even frequently complain about missing these aspects of my life. For the millions of people displaced across the globe the feelings I have are massively multiplied as they are not just away from their home for a few months, but instead forced to abandon their homes forever. The human rights film that I watched was Human Flow, and the main topic discussed was the life and perils of people forcibly displaced from…show more content…
The people in the film all once had a version of a home that probably paralleled my own in numerous ways. However, once they left their home there was no opportunity for them to return and their future lifestyle was far from stable. Multiple scenes throughout the film served to depict the normalcy of those displaced life’s before being forced to leave. During one such scene people displayed pictures on their cell phones of friends, family, and pets that they left behind and in another scene a group of young women talked about their education, graduation, and former desires to travel. Although often fleeing from negative circumstances not present in the United States, people displaced previously had positive aspects of life too. For me, the realization that displaced people must not just leave behind the bad, but also the good made an immense impact on my perspective of the…show more content…
The film is centered around refugees, which are defined as people with well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership of a particular social group or political opinion. Refugees have no chance at a peaceful life while staying at their home, but immense danger and uncertainty also exist if they choose to leave. One issue faced by society is how people displaced should be handled. Some countries do not have room or resources for a surge in their population, but also do not want to ignore refugees. Therefore, these countries often have just a few camps designated for displaced people and the demand for space in the camps is greater than the space and resources provided. Due to this, the majority of refugees must live in makeshift camps or communities composed of only the materials they brought with them. Danger is constantly present as poor living conditions allocate for illnesses to quickly spread. One man interviewed sadly recounted the members of his traveling group that succumbed to the perils of being without a home. Moreover, he was frustrated that he could not do more to protect those around him as he had very little control and no options that could yield a positive outcome. Other countries are increasingly
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