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Refugee empathy is childsplay at UK school

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world in a school. This class, created by UNICEF, teaches young Londoners to empathize with their refugee classmates, while grown-up Britons consider their place in the world after the Brexit vote. With racist incidents on the rise, here it's as easy as A-B-C.>> Do they have time to say goodbye to their family?
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>> No.>> No, so->> I'm Reuters reporter Lucy Fielder, here at Norbury School in northwest London, where 25 of the children are refugees. So it's really here that this debate raging on immigration in the UK at the moment, meets ordinary life.>> Norbury has counselors on hand to take it's young refugees aside for play or to talk.
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11 year old Jacob fled Damascus with his family two years ago.>> They're trying to take me out and stuff like that. So they make me forget about the stuff I remember from wars and stuff.>> Everyone treats everyone respect and everybody is just a big family.>> Watching Syrian children in Jordan described their experiences.
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And the cartoon in the foreign language to imagine immersion in a tongue they don't understand. Children can easily put themselves in another child's place, picturing their country at war, losing their homes, and answering the question, now how do you feel?>> A lot of them will say I'm heartbroken, cuz it does break their heart.
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And they know their friends also come from that maybe side of the world and they relate that to their friends and family.>> And thrown together, kids will be kids.>> What's it like having a refugee in your class?>> He can be really annoying but after I learned that he was a refugee, I stopped being mean.
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While soul searching, Britain explores its identity. Here at least, coexistence is child's play.
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