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Last Updated: Tuesday November 30 2004 10:52 GMT

Hotseat: NR presenter Adam Fleming

NR presenter Adam Fleming in Chad with Sudanese refugees
At the beginning of November Adam visited Chad to find out more about the refugee children who have been forced to leave their homes in Sudan.

After Monday's programme about his visit he took part in a live webchat.

Read on for his answers to your questions about life in Sudan and what it was like filming out there:

Chri$tmas_Chi¢kpea: Was it distressing to see how the people in Sudan live in comparison with Britain?

Adam: It was. The first day I was there I was a bit overwhelmed by the HUGE number of people who've been affected by this crisis - then I got quite sad. The biggest shock was when I came back home and went to the supermarket and there was so much food in comparison.

moshawithflair: What exactly have the UN done to help in Sudan?

Adam: The United Nations have been organising peace talks to try and reach an end to the fighting in Sudan. Loads of other organisations from lots of other countries are trying to help the people there too.

sassy: It's so sad to see what those children are forced to live like, but is there any way we can help?

Adam: There are lots of charities that will let you know how you can help. There's a section on this website about what's being done to help. And if you feel strongly about it, you could make sure all your mates know what's going on. Remember that the Band Aid single is out this week and all the profits from it are going to charities helping people in Darfur.

booklover: Is there an appeal for the Sudan crisis? Does any of the money raised by the Blue Peter Welcome Home Appeal go to the crisis? I will give some money if there is an appeal.

Adam: There is a national appeal to raise money for Sudan. The Blue Peter appeal is for children in the African country of Angola.

Missangel: Why was there conflict in da 1st place???? they beta have a good reason to destruct the peace of da whole country?

Adam: There has been fighting in Sudan for a long time. The country's had a very difficult history. This conflict is between black Africans who live in Sudan and an armed group called the Janjaweed. Some people think the Janjaweed want to get rid of all the black Africans so they can have the land instead.

NK: Adam...i'm trying to sort out a Gap Yr, just by chance happened to have the TV tonight, how did you get on a trip like that, how can i get in touch to spend some time out there helping??

Adam: The charity called the Red Cross helped to organise our trip to the refugee camp, because they are in charge of it. I'm not sure the best way to organise a gap year - do lots of research, talk to organisations that you're interested in. Good luck with it.

elephants rule: What do you think is the best charity for helping third world countries??

Adam: There are lots of charities helping out in the third world - they all have a very difficult job.

karice: I felt so bad when i watched the report. Here we are with our comfortable lives when there are so many people in the world that have nothing. is there anything that we can do. In my school we've been raising money for the people in Sudan but is there anything else? I think that people need to hear more about what's happening there, so more people can need help. Does anyone agree?

Adam: I always feel a bit helpless when I see bad situations like this. You can support charities and appeals. Also - if you feel strongly about it then tell your friends and maybe if loads of people know about it, things might change. Raising money at school is a good place start if you want to help.

Racheybabe: I know it seems low on the list of needs for these poor kids....but has anyone arranged to get toys and games to them...after all they are still kids like me.!. I will give all my old toys cos i will be getting lots more at Christmas...I realise how lucky i am now.

Adam: That's a very generous thing for you to say. Up 'til now the charities are just trying to get enough food, water, medicine and shelter for the people affected. Now they are thinking about ways to make children's lives better. Some of the games they are giving out are designed to help the children get over some of the bad things they've seen. You'll be surprised - most of the kids wanted to go to SCHOOL... because they can't at the moment.

DEMON100%*_*angel1%: What did you find was the most affective charity when visiting Sudan?

Adam: I met lots of organisations who are doing loads in very difficult circumstances.

hannehessler: I feel so sorry for the children in these unfortunate living conditions, it makes me realize how lucky i really am. I want to help them, and I hope that their lives become better the more help they receive.

Adam: That's just how I felt. But like I said in the Extra, the children there are very positive. They like playing with their friends and laughing and playing football - even though they're having a really tough time.

Cute Devil: When you went to see the children in the camps, how did they react to you? Did they want help or did they want to be left alone? The children that you interviewed seemed to be staying positive but it was amazing how the girl had to care for her brothers and sisters by herself. Does she not get any help by the aid agencies?

Adam: The children there are getting help from the aid agencies - it seems very basic to us but they are making a real difference. The children were all very friendly. They wanted to touch our arms because they didn't see white people very often. And they all wanted to learn English words. It's only when I started asking them questions that I realised how upset they were. I think it helped some children to talk to us about what had happened. Others didn't want to talk at all. The children in those camps are very brave.

Missangel: Have u eva been to another 3rd world country like that? Or was this a one-off experience? I really want to go n help out in a country like Chad but I duno how to go about it. any help??

Adam: I have travelled to a few countries but this trip was a real eye-opener. I'd never seen people living in conditions as hard as this before. My best advice about travelling is to read lots about lots of different places.

HELPME: yeh i've been looking into organisations, obviously i want to do it with a group (for safety) but none of them really get into "nitty gritty" its all more like going to see what its like and to travel. I do actually want to make some kind of difference, its so sad seeing them, its not even just Sudan its places like sierra leonne etc isn't it? Were Red cross good when you were there? Do you think you'll be going again some time?

Adam: The people who work for the Red Cross do it as their job. They've got lots of experience and the camp we visited is very well-run. Places like Sierra Leone aren't very safe for people to go travelling in. Remember - you can make a difference by finding out things, telling your friends, supporting charities. Maybe you'll want to look into working for an aid agency.

Treelo: I feel really sorry for the children in Sudan. I wish that there was something I could do to help them. What did it feel like to be in the camps and when you were talking and helping the kids? I thought the program was fantastic.

Adam: Thanks, that's very kind of you to say. At first it was difficult to grasp the massive scale of what's happening then I started feeling quite sad. It was very upsetting visiting the camp where all the people had for shelter was plastic sheets.

Cute Devil: I don't really understand why the opposition are burning down all the villages, and why are they being backed by the government? have they stopped of is this killing still going on?

Adam: Latest reports are that there is still fighting. It's quite a complicated situation that's been going on for a long time. The Sudanese government say that THEY are fighting rebels in the area.

HELPME: Thanks Ad, i wish i could get in contact at some other point to discuss it with you, but obviously i'm just like any other person!!! Thanks for your advice, and just to say...i think you were very brave and extremely lucky to have such an opportunity to do something like this and be able to give your time up to discuss it with younger people!! (god, i sound like a granny) but seriously your very lucky to have a job like yours!! Cheers xx

Adam: I feel very lucky that I got to Chad - it was a really eye-opening trip.
Adam: Cheers for all your messages. It's been really good to chat to you. Thanks for watching and being interested in the show. See you all again soon.




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