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Bury me, my love: Mobile game telling tale of Syria refugee's migration wins Google contest

Millions of people have been forced to flee the Syrian conflict [Bury Me My Love]

Date of publication: 26 February, 2018

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A video game that tells the story of a Syrian refugee attempting to migrate to Europe during the ongoing bloody civil war has won a Google contest for mobile games.

A video game that tells the story of a Syrian refugee attempting to migrate to Europe during the ongoing bloody civil war has won a Google contest for independent mobile games.

"Bury me, my Love" took first place at the Google Play Indie Games Contest last week in London, winning the game's France-based developers a marketing deal with the Internet giant.

The interactive text message adventure, which was released last year, tells the tale of Nour and her husband Majd, as Nour undertakes a perilous journey to safety in Europe.

Players take on the role of Majd, who remains in Syria, as he communicates with Nour through text messages, advising her as best he can so that she reaches her destination safely.

Designed and co-written by former journalist Florent Maurin, the reality-inspired game draws inspiration directly from the refugee crisis sparked by the Syrian conflict.

The idea for the game stems from an article in French daily Le Monde, telling the story of Dana, a young Syrian woman who fled her country and is now living in Germany.

More than 340,000 people have been killed and millions forced to flee Syria or been internally displaced in the conflict, which began with anti-government protests in 2011.

Some 5.5 million Syrians have fled civil war, most settling in neighbouring countries where they struggle to survive, while millions more have attempted to migrate to Europe and other areas.

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