In a compelling piece from ABC News, a 16-year-old Syrian teenager named Nageen Mustafa has faced so many obstacles in her young life.
For 20 days, she had traveled from her home in the war-torn Syrian town of Kobani to the Serbian border with Hungary. Nageen is bound to a wheel chair, but her English is pretty impeccable. Learning English for her did not come from being on the inside of a classroom or mingling with other children, in a culture where she was shunned for her disability, according to the report.
When she was asked how she learned to speak English to the ABC news reporter she answered: “At home with my favorite TV show Days of our Lives“. She said beaming. “I watched it for two years. I was waking up at 8 a.m. some days to watch it. That’s a great show. But they killed the main character that I loved!”
Nageen added she has learned much of the world from watching TV and she now has an impressive to do-list, as she dreams of her big future.
However as of last week, the young girl’s future was up in the air according to the ABC report. She had just arrived at the Serbian-Hungarian border to find the route closed and her plans suddenly halted. Just hours later, violence erupted on the border as refugees broke down the gate and tried to force their way into Hungary. Her goal is to get to Germany.
What do you think about how this young teenager learned English from watching Days of our Lives? Does it speak to the power of the genre on people from all over the globe? Share your thoughts on this international story in the comment section below?