Nina Bargiel: My World Refugee Day Story

With the United Nations’ World Refugee Day coming June 20th, animation author and story editor Nina Bargiel shares the next private story completely with AWN readers:

For some individuals, the thought of refugees is theoretical. We see the pictures, we learn the articles, however it’s taking place over there. Distant. In a spot that we are able to’t see.

However for me, it’s not.

As a result of my mom was a toddler refugee.

Rising up, different children at school had tales about their households coming over on the Mayflower. Me? I had tales about my household’s life as Displaced Individuals. My mother was born in a refugee camp in Germany. The camp had been created on the positioning of the Landeshut work camp, the place prisoners had been compelled to make parachutes for the Nazis.  

My grandfather enlisted his two younger daughters to gather scraps of parachute silk that had been left behind, and so they’d convey the haunted remnants again to my grandmother and great-grandmother to stitch into garments. And generally he’d outfit his youngest daughter (my mom) in these garments and have her sing songs and recite poems for the opposite refugees, usually in trade for meals and booze.

When my pal and fellow children’ tv author Grant Moran informed me a couple of grassroots group he’d just lately based known as Youngsters Leisure Professionals for Younger Refugees (KEPYR), he didn’t learn about my household historical past. He simply thought everybody within the children’ leisure enterprise must be conscious that the world is presently experiencing the worst world little one refugee disaster since WWII and that there must be a simple approach for us all to face collectively as a group to do one thing about it.

I write for teenagers as a result of I would like them to know that somebody cares about what they’re going by. I would like them to know that we’re of their nook. I would like them to really feel much less alone. So supporting KEPYR feels fully proper to me professionally in addition to personally.

I nonetheless have my mom’s bowl and cup, assigned to her by UNICEF within the camp. They’re items of residing historical past, reminders that whereas as a children’ TV author I get to take a seat at my laptop computer and sort out these phrases, there are 50 million kids who want much more than my phrases proper now.  

June 20th is World Refugee Day. I invite all my children’ leisure colleagues to mark the day by becoming a member of me in supporting UNICEF’s heroic and galvanizing work on behalf of the world’s most weak kids. You are able to do that at 100% of all KEPYR donations go to UNICEF.  For extra details about KEPYR or to volunteer, please write to


With a presence in 190 nations and territories, UNICEF has helped save extra kids’s lives than some other humanitarian group on the earth. It’s serving the wants of younger refugees throughout 4 continents by:

Delivering life-saving provides to kids and their households fleeing escalating violence within the Center East, Southeast Asia and Northern Africa
Offering water and tents to create secure areas for the rising wave of youngsters transferring by Europe
Working to enhance the lives of youngsters fleeing violence and abuse in Central America

About KEPYR and the “Kindred Spirits” On-line Fundraising Drive

Youngsters Leisure Professionals for Younger Refugees, KEPYR, the grassroots, totally volunteer group of children and household leisure professionals, has launched their third annual “Kindred Spirits” marketing campaign, an internet fund-raising effort in coordination with the forthcoming United Nation’s World Refugee Day on June 20th, 2019. From June 14th – 27th, Kindred Spirits directs donations to UNICEF by their on-line web site:

In accordance with UNICEF, a staggering one out of 200 kids alive in the present day – practically 50 million in whole – is a refugee.

“We name our June fundraiser ‘Kindred Spirits’ as a result of all of us within the kids’s leisure business, no matter what we do and the place we dwell, are sure by a standard love of youngsters,” famous Emmy-winning writer-producer Grant Moran, founding father of KEPYR. “And sadly, we’re residing at a time when the world’s most weak kids want that love translated into motion greater than ever.”

KEPYR is devoted to elevating consciousness of this present humanitarian disaster among the many world kids’s leisure group and rallying help for UNICEF’s very important and heroic work in that space. The group spans 5 continents and contains artists, writers, actors, producers, sport designers, content material builders, authors, composers, brokers, community and studio executives and others working independently and at corporations and organizations like: Mattel, Marvel, Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Community, DreamWorks, Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros., Hasbro, Blizzard Leisure, Saban, Cyber Group, Scholastic, King Options, Little Airplane, Silvergate Media, WGBH, WNET, Gaumont, Pukeko Photos, Mechanic Animation, CrunchyRoll, Aniplex USA, DR Film Animation, D-Rights, Panaderia Licensing & Advertising, Ripple Impact Consultancy, Animation Journal, Ladies in Animation, The Youngsters’s Media Convention and The Australian Youngsters’s Tv Basis.  

This 12 months, the Mattel Youngsters’s Basis and Philanthropy has introduced it can match all donations by its workers to the “Kindred Spirits” fundraiser.

“We’re extraordinarily grateful for Mattel’s enthusiastic help of KEPYR and hope their management and generosity will encourage children and household leisure corporations world wide to comply with go well with in encouraging their workers’ participation on this grassroots motion on behalf of the world’s most weak kids,” added Moran.

About Nina Bargiel

If in case you have children, had been a child, or know a child, likelihood is you’ve seen Nina Bargiel’s work. She started her profession on the Disney Channel, the place she wrote seventeen episodes of the hit sequence Lizzie McGuire, together with the notorious “I WANT A BRA!”, “Aaron Carter” and “Merry Christmas, Lizzie McGuire.” Nina has written for each live-action and animated applications, resembling The way to Rock, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, and DC Superhero Ladies, in addition to on reveals at Cartoon Community, MTV, Hasbro, Mattel, Titmouse, Netflix, and another locations that she’s fully forgotten about in her practically 20-year profession. At present, she’s engaged on Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Coronary heart and growing reveals for Activision/Blizzard, One Race Tv, and Gaumont. 

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