Civic Imagination

The Big Bang

A self-made scientist in Syria found himself displaced from the country following the loss of his family and friends in the war. Finding himself in a Turkish refugee camp for the homeless with nothing, not even papers - unable to work or travel further. After an online campaign led by an activist was set up to raise funds for the scientist to travel to America, the site exceeded expectations and he found himself soon travelling to America to begin life, hopefully as a scientist. Here is where the scientist meets the carpenter, who has spent six months of purgatory in Iran after being deported from the USA, but with his wife attending the foreign office multiple times a week, the persistence paid off as eventually after that wait he was allowed back into the united states. When they meet, they realise they have settled but have a mutual drive to help others who have been in their situation - but as two men they feel ill equipped to deal with the full situation as many women and children cross the borders also. This is when their luck astounds them, as the granddaughter of a famous British feminist, Emmeline Pankhurst, has got in contact with the two men wanting to help with the refugee situation…

Living in America, she meets the two men and learn that together, being the scientist and the carpenter, have developed a new invention: the solar powered tent. Lebanon is a high migrant area - so between them, they decide to take this invention and build refugee camps for the homeless in need there. While the scientist continues working on inventions, and the carpenter continues building tent after tent, the granddaughter works with the women of the camp teaching them how to deal with the inequality they face, and supporting those who have suffered violence before migrating.

Ethical Benefits and Challenges of Bringing These Stories Together
The ethical benefits of merging these narratives is that different aspects of injustices through different ages can all be brought together in a modern and relevant manner. The ethical challenges of bringing them together is the difficulty of linking migration directly to feminism.

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