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War! What is it good for?

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How the game is played:
Have everyone line up next to each other. Explain that there is a war going on. The enemy is evil and is trying to take over their homes. They are ruthless and stand for nothing good. (Keep preaching this propaganda throughout the activity).
Beging training. Train the group to be killing machines.
-push ups, running, theory on the bad guys (Make it up).
Send them into the forest with wet toilet paper globs, and tell them To throw them at the bad guys.
(in the forest you have set up cardboard heads of the bad guys. These should be propped on low branches and other places that they will be found. Try to make as many as possible-Minimum 6-9).
When they kill them tell them to take the cardboard with them.
On the back every cardboard is going to be a name, that you have written there.
Corresponding to the name will be a family, history, friends, favourite food etc. for each 'enemy' soldier.
When they have 'killed' them all bring them back to the circle.
Let them show everyone how many they got. Then read each history and background.

Discussion:
How do you feel knowing that your enemy also had homes and families etc.?
Do you think that the things you were told about your 'enemy' where blown out of proportion?
How do you know if it is really your enemy or if there is alot of propaganda mixed in?
Is it okay to kill? In what situation?
Do you think you would have acted the same way if you knew the backgrounds of your 'enemy' before hand?


Game type:
Moral Message
Age group:
Over 10
Location:
Outdoor
Number of participants:
10 to 20
Number of leaders:
3
Time required:
2-4 hours

Resources:
Cardboard enemy heads, wet toillet paper, propoganda about the enemy, background about the enemies personal lives.

Notes:
This can be a harsh message. Be careful, be supportive, Let the kids know that they didn't do anything wrong. Let them know that the message is not that they are bad for having believed the propaganda, but that the message was that everyone, even what some might call an enemy, is human, just like you.
Make sure that they do not feel messed with by the time the peula ends.
These kids should be at least 12 years old, 10 is too young.


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