A special episode produced for kids by FRONTLINE spends one day with Muzamil, a 12-year-old Somali boy growing up in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp. It began with Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, whose children are nine and 12 years old. “’As a journalist and mom, I felt like there was something missing from the media landscape: smart, in-depth current affairs programming that parents could play for their kids,’” she says. “’I thought, ‘This is an area FRONTLINE can explore.'”
Meant to appeal to both adults and the children in their lives, the podcast has producer Bianca Giaever and reporter Roopa Gogineni ask Muzamil questions from American kids about growing up in a refugee camp. Answering questions that range from “Are there dentists?” to “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Muzamil’s Day takes listeners through daily life in a camp with approximately 220,000 displaced people. Their homes, made out of woven branches and pieces of roofing metal, are without running water and tight food supply — and the Kenyan government has been threatening to close the camp. Later in production, the podcast team included cuts of the episode with middle-schoolers in the Boston area who shared what they learned from listening.
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