Anywhere but Home is an audio drama podcast series based on true stories of the incredible journeys made by children and families displaced by conflict around the world.
Performed by actors, each episode is inspired by the stories of real people who have been helped by Save the Children as they flee war in their own country.
1. What do you tell the children?
Jacob saved thousands of people whist working aboard the Search and Rescue vessel in the Mediterranean. One night two children were rescued from an overcrowded fishing boat. Whilst searching for their mother, the captain beckoned Jacob. He knew something was wrong.
2. What if knowledge was forbidden?
Samira’s father took a risk teaching girls at his village school in north-west Nigeria. Just teaching the Western alphabet could get you killed. When the insurgents came for her father, Samira swore she would never return to school. A chance meeting with a boy soldier gave her courage.
3. How do you mend what is broken?
Sam’s home in Damascus was destroyed by bombing. He knew he should join his family in exile but his work helping refugees was too important. His activities attracted attention from the authorities, and he faced the hardest decision of his life, stay and risk his life or leave and lose everything.
4. What if all you had were words?
Living in a camp in Yemen, Ayan, 15, was separated from her family and responsible for two, younger siblings. When war came to the camp, she had no possessions, money or help and they fell in with smugglers. A descendent of Somali nomads – storytellers and poets – Ayan user her gift of language.
5. How do you lose a baby?
Fleeing conflict in their village in South Sudan a family finds a malnourished baby hidden in leaves, deep in a forest. Surrounded by gunmen they race to a camp on the border with Uganda to get her medical attention.
6. How do you stop the nightmares?
In a town in Syria surrounded by minefields, with bombs exploding overhead, an elderly woman undertakes an epic journey to bring her grandchildren to safety in Lebanon. But even if they make it, she worries if they will ever recover from the horrors they’ve witnessed.