Unlike most American and Vietnamese kids who grow up idolizing comic book superheroes, Chinh and Khoa Vu regularly watches The Tenth Commandment, the 1956 film directed by Cecil B. Demille. The ancient story of how Moses liberates his Hebrew brethren from oppressive Egyptian rule inspired the brothers to be compassionate toward today’s Syrian refugees.
Moses: The Freedom Fighter is a free mobile game created by the Vu brothers to raise money for displaced Syrians fleeing the civil war in their homeland. It’s compatible with Android and iOS platforms. Profit will be donated to Oxfam American’s Syria and Refugee Crisis Response.
This game is quite inventive and substantial. You play as Moses through seven challenging and smartly designed levels. The varied gameplay is directly influenced by classics such as Super Mario, Tetris, Space Invaders, Sonic, and more. Each stage illustrates a chapter in Moses’s journey from an adopted Egyptian prince to a freedom fighter. The game is free and available in many languages including Arabic and Vietnamese.
Chinh and Khoa Vu co-found Ayotree.com, an international business that helps language schools around the globe to manage important money/time-saving tasks. They hope the game will make people relate the current refugee situation to the Vietnamese people’s plight for freedom from communist rule more than forty years ago as well as the Israelites' Exodus of biblical time. These events serve as a reminder that compassion is a timeless powerful weapon in the fight against xenophobia.
This is the first time a business has released a FREE game for both the Android and iOS at which all profit will be donated to charity. The game raises fund through advertisements and players donation. Players can also support Oxfam by watching optional video ads at the game’s menu or directly pledge financial support through the game’s website www.freemoses.org. Donation options are 1.99, 3.99, 5.99, or any amount desired. Those wishing to donate and learn more about the effort can also visit http://www.OxfamAmerica.org/Ayotree.
If you’d like to learn more about Vietnamese support for Syrian Refugee situation, please also check out my older post (Please note that post was written last years before the presidential election. Much has changed but I hope it’s still relevant). Happy Independence Day!