Google Fortunetelling website creates awareness on refugee crisis

syrian crisis facts

It was since March 2011 that Syria has been slowly sinking into the turmoil of civil war. Millions have been rendered homeless in the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. The estimated number of the displaced is 11 million. A part of this population has fled to Europe and to other parts of the world, primarily to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

But they are not home.

Families have been separated and left to make perilous journeys without adequate resources. An entire generation of children has been irrevocably scarred with the ravages of war. They have no access to proper basic necessities, protection and education.

As the entire planet stands on shaky grounds with the epicenter of the Syrian crisis, we are staring at a big blank space regarding the collective future of humanity.

The Google fortunetelling website seems a fun thing to try out till you realise the true motive behind it.

Google 3 The link takes you to a Google lookalike page where you are asked to “Type here a question about your future” and hit the “Predict my future button”.

However, when you attempt to write anything, the page automatically writes “Where can I find a safe place?” in the search box. Among similar searches comes up questions such as “Will I be reunited with my family?” and “Is there a place where I can give my children a safe future?”

The website, which is actually not connected to Google, was created to generate awareness on the condition of the Syrian refugees and makes us open our eyes to the fact that in a time when millions aren’t sure of their future, we click on a site thinking it will give some fun fortunetelling experience.

The site then takes us to a separate page and pleads us to “take a moment to think of their future” and do whatever little was possible for them.

google fortuneteller screenshot“With this project we want to create awareness. We need structural solutions on political level for this growing European problem. Please feel free to donate your time, money or love and spread the word,” the webpage reads.

The page gives us the options to share the campaign on Facebook and Twitter and also provides links to images and videos of refugees. You can even donate to charity or check out local initiatives on the issue.

A ‘crystal ball’ on the right shows the number of refugees increasing the more time you spend on the site to emphasize how horrifying the present situation is.