Exclusive, never-before-seen footage of refugees escaping the terror of the realities in their home countries. Much of PBS special, Frontline: Exodus”, is captured in first person by refugees as they flee for their lives. These are the stories of refugees, the same people impacted by the refugee ban executive order.
If your head wasn’t buried in the sand during the second weekend of Donald Trump as the President of the United States, you’re probably aware of the refugee ban executive order. The refugee ban executive order prohibits refugees from a select group of countries from entering the U.S. for the next four months. The PBS documentary special, “Frontline: Exodus”, tells the stories of refugees, the people impacted, like no other work out there.
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Although the “Frontline: Exodus” focuses its attention on stories about refugees entering Europe, it still does a powerful job telling the stories of refugees, period. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, it is important to go beyond the numbers, the protests, and the political charades to learn the stories about people. The stories about people who have had their homes ripped away from them. People who have suffered persecution, faced war, and have brushed death. These are real stories. These are important stories.
The background on the refugee ban executive order and the global refugee crisis
Thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing war, persecution and hardship risk everything for a better life or to live at all. The refugees seek out safe harbor in European countries, the United States, and Canada every year. Only the blessed few actually escape their home countries. Those traveling to Europe take their lives in their hands as they hope and pray to safely cross the Mediterranean in anything but seaworthy, makeshift boats.
Over the last two years, more than 1.3 million people have arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean. Nearly 9,000 have died or gone missing along the way.
“Frontline: Exodus” gives you never-before-seen access to the struggles of the refugee journey. Director James Bluemel combines his footage with video filmed by refugees and migrants themselves throughout the 2-hour special.
Frontline: Exodus aired for the first time last but is available today for streaming online. (PBS)