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Local Red Cross leaders weigh in on Fortnite Partnership

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SUPERIOR, WI-- An unlikely partnership is bringing a new twist to a popular video game.

The makers of Fortnite have joined with the American Red Cross, hoping to teach kids and teens about the dangers of violence.

But this new partnership between Fornite and the Red Cross flips the game on its head.

Titled "Liferun", the new version allows players to treat civilians, restore infrastructure, and assist other users as quickly as possible.

The goal is to rescue others instead of being the last one standing.

Professor Haji Dokhanchi, who teaches humanitarian law at UWS and volunteers with the red cross says he hopes partnerships like these attract more young people to study humanitarian and international relations.

"Hopefully this will be a way for them to become interested in this subject and to become engaged so this is part of a broader red cross strategy of involving younger people to discuss why rules of wars exist and also learn about that and  hopefully teach each other about these kind of topics."
UWS's humanitarian law program started last year.", Stated Haji Dokhanchi.

Another way the local branch of the red cross is hoping to attract more young people is through workshops.

They're holding a youth action campaign workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the UWS campus.

They plan to focus on autonomous weapons and how they're impacted by international humanitarian law.

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Kaitlyn Moffett

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