Blog Post #3 – interview prep

Later I will be interviewing Wahiba Khabood, a woman who fled the Syrian civil war and ran to the UK. I know Wahiba because she lived with my family for almost six months, not in scarsdale, but in London.She has a very interesting story from what I know of her and I am exciting to interview her because she has a backstory full of action.

I will be interviewing her on the phone and will record the whole conversation. Here are the questions I will be asking Wahiba:

  1. Where did you come from originally?
  2. Why did you have to leave your country?
  3. Why did you choose to come to the UK?
  4. Can you describe what it was like living during the civil war?
  5. What were your thoughts and feelings when you had to leave your family/country behind?
  6. Could you describe the process of coming to the UK?
  7. Did you ever encounter any smugglers during your journey?
  8. Who was the first person that you met when you immigrated?
  9. Did you know any English before you came?
  10. Where did you go when you first came to the UK?
  11. What were your thoughts and feeling when you crossed the border?
  12. What countries did you go though to get to England?
  13. How has the violence going on in your country had an impact on your life?
  14. What were the toughest challenges that you faced concerning the new language?
  15. When were you most scared during your journey?

Wahiba’s story is important because she’s a refugee and has been through so much trauma and hardships just to get to UK, another democracy like ours in the US.

Capstone #2 – Choosing a Main Inquiry Question and Sub Questions

We were told to come up with a main inquiry question. The goal of the entire Capstone project is not to put random bits of information together, but to answer the main inquiry question. Personally my main inquiry question is: What is the history of the Syrian refugee crisis, how has it impacted the children and involved what can people do to help? My first inquiry question was too political for school because I could have offended someone else with different beliefs.

We were also told to come up with 5 sub questions, sub questions are follow up questions that help to answer the main inquiry question, and I came up with 5 so here they are:

  1. What caused the Syrian War?
  2. What are the most important events of the refugee crisis?
  3. What are some stories of the children that have been affected by the war?
  4. What countries and humanitarian groups have helped refugees the most? How?
  5. What can people do to help refugees?