UN uses virtual reality technology to highlight plight of Syrian refugees

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The United Nations is using virtual reality technology to help the public experience what it is like to live in a Syrian refugee camp.

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"Clouds Over Sidra" is a short documentary film following a day in the life of a 12-year-old Syrian girl living in a refugee camp in Syria's neighbor Jordan.

The Syrian conflict is in its fifth year and has produced an exodus of people.

Using special VR headsets, viewers feel like they are transported inside the refugee camp.

The movie was shot with technology that is also used in the game industry.

UN project manager Kristin Gutekunst said Tuesday the virtual reality documentary helps people identify with the plight of refugees.