Do walls protect or divide people? Olivia @ Topical Talk 23 April 2019 Please share your answers in the comments section and reply to other BNC members here!Do walls protect or divide people? Comments (90) grateful_blackcurrant | Faringdon Community College | United Kingdom 23 Apr 2019 Divide people, our world should be made up of peace. Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk grateful_blackcurrant's comment 23 Apr 2019 Can you think of any examples of where a border or wall has been created in order to try to 'keep the peace'? Reply to this comment grateful_blackcurrant | Faringdon Community College | United Kingdom Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 07 May 2019 If we didn't have walls any terrorists could wear a camouflage outfit sneak into a country and cause a mass killing spree. Also how are people supposed to know they aren't allowed in certain places without walls. Reply to this comment persuasive_aspect | New Horizons Children's Academy Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 17 May 2019 The Great wall of China Reply to this comment persuasive_aspect | New Horizons Children's Academy Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 17 May 2019 The Great Wall of China and the Berlin wall Reply to this comment majestic_tennis | Napoleone Colajanni grateful_blackcurrant's comment 03 May 2019 I don't think that walls can be useful to keep the world in peace. If we think a lot of walls that were built all around the world, they just created some problems. Palestine, for example, and the territories around it are full of barriers and what is the result of that? Conflicts and rivalry. In my opinion the problems between Israel and Palestine can't be solved with a wall, but with a pacific dialogue. Moreover, if in the world burst another war none barriers can be useful to keep the peace. I think that to keep the peace in the world, everyone has to respect all Nations and all the people that live there. Another example was the Berlin's wall, which divided a lot of People that lived in different zones of the city for many years. While in history there are a lot of great walls, like The Great Wall of China or the Aurelian's wall or Servian's wall that were built to keep the peace, in our time the Values like peace, love, brotherood can't be respected through walls. In my opinion a wall destroys the dream of freedom of a lot of people that want to leave their country for a new future. Reply to this comment talented_cookie | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 23 Apr 2019 Walls divide people because they just make other countries not allowed to enter and keep a lot of chaos and votes all around the place. It would make everyone crazy about the situation and because of it, other important situations would be arriving so it would all get complicated. It will not always keep peace to people. It can also protect a few people because like Syria, Afganistan, Jordan and North Korea, they have lots of wars and battles so it would be good if they had a border all around their country to keep safe. Others would be sad if they liked to invade and kill people in the countries, but it is one of the 10 commandments and it is the 5th one 'do not kill'. Reply to this comment witty_nature | Skellefteå talented_cookie's comment 24 Apr 2019 I totally agree with you. They can do both, divide and protect people. Reply to this comment introspective_potato | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 I totally agree with you @talented_cookie walls can separate people but sometimes they are good to protect. Reply to this comment hopeful_starfish | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 Walls devide us people. Say no to walls and say yes to freedom, peace and friendship! I really hope that we can live in a world without people looking disgust at each other. And let people be who they really are.:) Smile and breathe the fresh air and live your life without any trouble. Reply to this comment extraordinary_thought | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 24 Apr 2019 It depends on how the walls are used so there isn't exactly one answer for this question. They can both divide and protect. When a wall divides country's from each other it is probably has a good reason. For example, Donald Trump is building his own wall against Mexico to stop illegal immigrants coming into the US. A Reply to this comment coherent_fruit | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 Walls protect and divide but the world should be free so there wouldn't be any walls plus if you think about it so has China's wall brought more people in than kept them from entering Reply to this comment noble_crab | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 24 Apr 2019 I think walls divide people since they start wars between countries and cause violence, they would also cause protests and arguments. If you put a wall up between a close place for example; in Ireland where children could not get to school on a simple journey.I don't agree with Trump building the wall since there are lots of people in the USA whose families/friends are from Mexico.Walls do not protect people instead they do the opposite: make it more dangerous for American citizens. Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk noble_crab's comment 25 Apr 2019 Would the wall stop people coming to visit family? They would be able to visit using the official border crossings. People in favour of the wall might say that the wall is to stop people coming into the country illegally, without a visa, to live for a long time. Why might this be important to some people? Reply to this comment highspirited_artic_fox | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 I think we could think abaout what happend in Germany and the Berlin wall. That did not work so well, so why would this wall work? Over 200 peopel died when they were tying to escape over and under the wall. All the money they going to spent on the wall can go to more important things. For exampel healthcare. Reply to this comment convivial_nature | Skellefteå 25 Apr 2019 Walls protect people in wars and divide people in present times:-) Reply to this comment fantastic_duck | Faringdon Community College | United Kingdom 25 Apr 2019 They can do both. They divide us because they separate us from each other both physically and they show our differences and divide us into categories: our criminal record (in a prison), our species (in a zoo) and even what country we are from or what country we grew up in. Walls and borders keep one group of people away from another, they keep people apart and in order to decide what side of the wall people 'belong' on, they confine us into a category to tell us which side of the wall we should go. They highlight our differences and divide us from one another, and the more we separate and look at our differences, the more devastating effect this has, we want to unite people, not divide people. Yet they can also keep us safe. For instance, walls in houses separate us from rain, hail, snow, sleet, anything the weather throws at us (which can be an awful lot in England at times). When it does rain heavily I am so thankful for these walls as they keep the weather away from me. Another example is in a zoo there are walls or cages to keep dangerous animals away from us. This is extremely important because without these walls we would be at risk. A recent, real example of what not having walls can cause is when a zookeeper was recently attacked in America by a tiger when she entered its enclosure. Luckily the zookeeper, despite suffering 'lacerations and puncture wounds to her head, neck, back and arms' went to hospital and 'was removed from the intensive care unit on Sunday and her condition continues to improve'. But this shows how serious and life threatening not having borders or walls could be, the devastating effects it could have on people. However, this example of keeping dangerous animals away cannot surely be applied to humans. Hunting what tigers see as 'prey' is in their nature, what they would do in the wild while humans very, very rarely have murderous intent in their nature, certainly a whole group of people don't just because of where they were born and so it is sensible to ask why we have borders separating people, are we dehumanising whole groups of people, suggesting that they are dangerous just because of a matter that they couldn't control, where they are born? So in conclusion, walls both protect and divide people and can be a positive or a negative depending on the situation they are used in; where they are put but more importantly who they are seperating and for what reason. Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk fantastic_duck's comment 25 Apr 2019 What about if a wall is put up between two groups of people who are fighting? Reply to this comment fantastic_duck | Faringdon Community College | United Kingdom Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Apr 2019 I said in my post that I don't think walls are good because they combine us into categories and divide us, and I still hold this view. However, I do recognise that sometimes our differences and grudges can be so strong and that sometimes there are such truly bad people out there that this sometimes results in war and harm. It is because of this that I recognize a wall can sometimes be necessary, however much I dislike having to physically seperate ourselves into groups, I can accept that sometimes this is the only way to stop a group from fighting and causing harm to one another and bystanders. As I mentioned in my original comment, I think it depends on what they are there for, their purpose. Considering this, I would support a wall separating two groups of fighting people if the ultimate aim was to stop suffering or pain that can’t be sorted out a better way, if the ultimate aim is for peace. I also believe that other options should be tested first if possible, that a wall should only be tried if it is the only possible way or if there is an urgent need for one (for instance if in this fight innocent people are coming to serious harm). However much I would support a wall under the conditions I listed above, I think this should be only a temporary measure, for two reasons. Firstly, if these people really disagree a wall won’t stop them from harming one another, we have planes, bombs, so much technology that could either get over the wall onto the other side or just destroy the wall completely. If two groups of people are intent on violence and hurting each other, then it will be incredibly hard to stop them from doing so. Secondly, most fights are for a reason and it is important to address whatever that problem is. Even if a wall temporarily stops them from fighting, the fact they fought in the first place suggests that there is an issue in one, or both countries/areas. This could be a power-hungry leader, a disagreement or something else. Building a wall might stop the fighting for a while, but it would not eliminate the grudges, unrest, anger and issues on both sides of it. Also, if the aim is peace it shouldn’t just be to stop the physical fighting but to try to heal the relationship between the two groups of people/countries so their issues don’t just get worse over time, and so eventually there could be a possibility of no need for a physical border between them at all. The wall should have the short-term aim of stopping these people fighting and so stopping death and injury but have the long term aim to enable the issues to be solved in a peaceful manner and to allow people to step in and encourage the two groups to heal their relationship and reach an agreement. So, in conclusion, I would support a wall like the one you suggested under the conditions that the ultimate aim was peace and an end to suffering, but that a wall should not be considered a permanent solution: that whoever steps in to build this wall should have the ultimate aim to heal the rift between these two groups, to eventually, even if it takes years or decades, create harmony so that at some point a tangible wall might not even be needed at all. Reply to this comment balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom 25 Apr 2019 “Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then, why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside but because they love the people on the inside.” This is what Donald Trump has said about walls. He has said that he's building his to protect America. Trump and other people may think that walls are there to protect people because they can keep out people like robbers, smugglers, and terrorists. But they also keep out illegal immigrants. I think that illegal immigrants could also be a reason why people feel divided because of walls. It's like stereotypical towards genders. There may be a group of boys who don't want girls in their group because they may think that all girls are pretty, pink princesses. However, this is not true because some girls are tomboys. Walls and borders could also protest people from wars. A long time ago royalty would build huge walls around their castle so that the arrows and soldiers don't get to them. This isn't necessarily a country border but it still protects people. Walls could also divide people because in Korea people aren't allowed to leave the country or get in. I use the example of Korea a lot but it's a good one. So people can't leave to see family members. Also, if we link back to Trump's wall, Mexican people may not be able to live with their American family members because they are illegal in the country. I think walls do both divide and protect. Reply to this comment dependable_duck | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School B| United Kingdom 26 Apr 2019 In my opinion, I believe that it can do both. It mostly divides people, because it means people from other places can not come in. However, in some cases, it can protect more than divide. If there was a war or something, you would need it for protection. Due to these reasons, I believe it can do both. Reply to this comment courageous_crab | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 26 Apr 2019 i think that it will divied because family members can be on one side and you can be on the other so walls splite you apart and no one should ever be left away from there family and friends Reply to this comment buzzing_wilddog | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 26 Apr 2019 I think that having a wall will divide and separate people, a wall cant protect you because dangerous people can go over and under the wall, on the other hand it can separate people because they can not simply go through the wall, they can not see neither talk to each other. Reply to this comment marvellous_tree | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 it can do both. but it could be in a way that they are protecting there country in many different it can help remove all the smuglers that come into the country illegally then it would come to be useful Reply to this comment fearless_wolverine | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 I worked with @authentic_moon to think about different walls that have been built throughout history. In my opinion, it depends on the wall and the reason behind its construction. We looked at the following examples: The Great Wall of China This wall was built over a period time and is made up of a number of different sections rather than being one long continuous wall. It is incredibly long (around 6300 kilometres in length!). Horrifyingly, we learnt that some workers even lost their lives whilst building this wall. The main purpose of the wall was protection against attacks and invasions from the north, in particular from the Mongols. It kept people from China safe from these attacks, however it also prevented people from leaving the country. Therefore, although its purpose was to protect, it ended up dividing nations anyway. The Berlin Wall The wall was built in 1961 as a result of World War 2. It was built to divide Germany into two sides: East and West. After World War 2, many Germans wanted to move from East Germany to West Germany where the living conditions were much higher. The wall was built to stop this, and people were shot if they attempted to cross it. The only purpose of this wall was to divide. Roman Walls, including Hadrian’s Wall The Romans built lots of walls, particularly in the north of English. They built these walls as fortification for cities and towns that they saw as vulnerable, to protect them from attack and invasion Trump’s Wall President Trump wants to build a 1,000 mile wall made out of steel to prevent people from crossing the US-Mexico border. The purpose behind this is to stop people entering the US illegal, as well as to prevent the smuggling of drugs. Not only has this divided the United States, as there is a lot of debate as to whether or not this is a good idea, but it will also divide two nations. As you can see, walls are built to both divide and protect but, as The Great Wall of China demonstrates, something that was initially built as protection can end up dividing as well. Reply to this comment productive_duck | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 i think its dividing because he's just doing this on purpose because he doesn't like mexician people Reply to this comment quickwitted_pie | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 It is 50-50. It protects because not many people can come through and harm America however it also divides. Because people from different nations cant cross the wall that he built. So he basically just trapped people from his country and other country Reply to this comment terrific_leopard | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 I think it does both, because he wants to protect people and his country from harm and anything bad that could happen. But it also divides because hes not letting other nations go through Such as mexico. Another opinion is because he thinks that people from Mexico might smuggle drugs into America which i think is kind of racist because hes judging people/country's. Also not every one smuggles drugs lots of people might be innocent.My last opinion is it kind of protect since hes trying to keep his country safe Reply to this comment believable_mulberry | Skellefteå terrific_leopard's comment 29 Apr 2019 I agree with you terrific_leopard, just because some of the people in Mexico smuggles drugs it doesn´t mean that everybody in the country is bad people. Most of them are just normal people living normal lifes. And the innocent people should not be punished for something they did not do. I also think walls divide people and sort them into different "cages" like in a zoo where different animals don´t live together. In the wild different animals works fine together even though some animals eat others but that is just how it works and humans should not change that. Same with people, just because we are different it does not mean we can´t live together. Reply to this comment capable_wombat | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 in my opinion i think that it depends on its purpose and history because the 6000 kilometer great wall of China was built for the protection of the citizens of China however it eventually resulted to dividing people and countries as how much people were not allowed in the citizens were not allowed out of the country . That wall ended up failing it's purpose as the Mongolians passed the walls . the Berlin wall however was literally built of the purpose to divide people across Germany and soldiers actually got orders to shoot if citizens tried to climb the wall . in conclusion i think that walls are built both to protect and divide but some may have different conclusions at the end than they were originally designed to do. Reply to this comment faithful_sealion | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 I think they can do both because let me say the great wall china it was there to protect but also to divide. How? Well the wall was built to protect China from its enemies and invaders from the North, especially the Mongols. The Mongols were a tribal group that would regularly conduct raids into China. Also it was there kind of to divide people since anyone who lived in china couldn’t leave/travel to different parts of the world. Reply to this comment cherished_petal | Noel Park Primary School 26 Apr 2019 I think walls always have a little bit of both no matter what you want it to do, for example, the great wall of china was built to keep northern nomadic nations and protect china but even though it was built to protect the chinese people, none of them could leave that wall and were divided from the outside world.The Berlin wall was built to stop the east Germany from moving to west Germany, shooting anyone trying to climb up the Berlin wall so in a way it was to protect west Germany but also dividing the two from each other even if families were separated because of the wall.So even if a wall was built for one purpose, another will always come into the mix. Reply to this comment honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy | United Kingdom 28 Apr 2019 I believe that walls can both protect and divide people. I believe this because some walls are put up to protect two nations from going to war. However, some walls can divide people. For example, in a prison, the fences and walls divide the criminals from the rest of the world -which can be upsetting for their family. The Walls of Ston in Croatia were constructed to protect the people of Ston. This shows that walls can both protect and divide because the wall was protecting the people of Ston yet it was also dividing them from the rest of Croatia. Another example of this is a zoo. The fences around the animals are there to protect us from the animals but they also divide them from other species - like how they are with them in the wild- and their natural habitat. Therefore I believe that walls both protect and divide us. Reply to this comment Olivia @ Topical Talk honorable_conclusion's comment 29 Apr 2019 Excellent example to strengthen your reason. Well done! Reply to this comment creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom 28 Apr 2019 Walls protect, walls divide and walls enclose. I think it’s human nature to feel protected by a wall; for example, your house has a fence. Schools have a fence or a wall around them and even the Vatican City where the Pope lives has a wall. Walls are meant to give you a sense of security and protect you from intruders. So for Trump it was easy for him to use the house/fence analogy to sell the idea of building a wall to his supporters because it makes perfect sense to them regardless of the ridiculous amount it would cost to build and to maintain the wall. However walls around the world between countries are often a symbol of division. The Great Wall of China was built in an ancient time as a defence system, it was also a show of strength and power. Today it stands as a national landmark. We have the North Korean and South Korean border, there is no physical wall but it is heavily militarise which not only divides, but encloses people in from the North to stop people escaping to the South. This is similar to the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany; it divided the country to stop people from the East fleeing to the West. And we also have the The Israeli West Bank barrier wall between Israel and Palestine which was built by Israel to protect what they consider is their land as well as protecting their own people. There have been many wars and battles between the two nations for the past 70 years. Tens of thousands of people have died from both sides to fight for what both see is their own land. According to worldatlas.com “There is a total of 20 completed border barriers in the world, seven under construction, one planned, and five proposed. This trend is set to go up as more countries are planning to build walls along international borders”. The thought of more walls being built around the world did surprise me. I can only presume people are becoming more and more divided than ever before. Whether it’s due to fear, a need for control, race or religion or fighting for territory, whatever it is, nations do not appear to want to talk about peace or to negotiate a solution with their neighbouring countries. Unless the idea of building a dividing structure is what they believe is the only way to resolve a problem. So as you can see a wall can keep people out or hold people in, gives a sense of protection and almost always creates some sort of divide. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/countries-with-border-walls.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/20436092 Reply to this comment introspective_potato | Skellefteå 29 Apr 2019 Trump wanted to build a wall and most of the people voted for him so why doesn't the majority of people in USA want to build a wall Reply to this comment introspective_potato | Skellefteå 29 Apr 2019 I don't think a wall would help to separate Mexico and USA but it could work if he would made another twist in it like you could go to USA with a passport or something Reply to this comment productive_petal | Portobello High School 29 Apr 2019 We think that walls both protect and divide people as if you divide prisoners from civilians you are dividing to protect. As well as the Berlin Wll which was made to protect but has need up dividing families and loved ones. Reply to this comment free_acorn | Elaine Primary School 29 Apr 2019 They divide people from who they love and on the other hand it will protect people from a war and from army attacks. Reply to this comment delightful_eagle | Elaine Primary School 29 Apr 2019 They divide. Reply to this comment powerful_shark | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom 29 Apr 2019 It depends, but technically, they divide people Reply to this comment easygoing_cliff | Streatham Wells Primary School 30 Apr 2019 personally i think that they protect people they protect people if some one was in prison their should be walls because criminals can hurt or steel things from people Reply to this comment outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy | United Kingdom 30 Apr 2019 I would say divide because they are dividing all nations and people speaking to each other or seeing each other or looking at their country like tourists they travel around the world taking pictures and writing about each one but this is a hard decision if you look at both points the wall could actually protect you because if there is war like in Libya people are bombing terrorists are happening and people loosing their loved ones thy often tend to build a wall in a field and then when bombs come it does not hit them or guns they do it for protection most of the time though. Reply to this comment honorable_penguin | Portobello High School 01 May 2019 We believe that walls can divide or protect depending on whom you ask. Walls in your house protect you but they divided you and anyone that would want to enter your house. There would would be caos if there were no walls in the world and this is what separates us from our ancestors. Walls can be used as a symbol of power as shown by Donald Trump’s plan for a wall between the USA and Mexico. Reply to this comment thoughtful_dove | Notley Green Primary School 01 May 2019 I would say divide because you shouldn't keep people away from each other Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk thoughtful_dove's comment 02 May 2019 Can you think of an example to support your viewpoint? Reply to this comment straightforward_nature | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 03 May 2019 I believe if you put down a wall it is like putting a wall between friendship.For example when Germany split in half and it became East Germany and West Germany some people died when trying to get to the other side and some families haven't seen each other in years. Reply to this comment quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School 03 May 2019 Walls protect people and make sure they are not at risk or at harm. Many can get hurt if there aren’t boundaries between people and certain areas. Toxic acid that dangerous workhouses and polluted factories make are advised to be away from humans or animals that can be seriously be harmed. Also when it comes to criminals, police fences and walls keep us away from them so we can’t be attacked or be at risk. Walls also divide people in some cases where it’s brutal. A wall/fence can be used to compare and offend other people from coming into someone’s place. In some cases that is wrong but what if the person they are keeping put is bad? Would having walls be wrong then? Reply to this comment super_drawing | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 04 May 2019 Walls have a particular purpose and some walls are built to protect and others are to keep people in. One example is the Berlin wall which was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and mentally divided West Germany and East Germany through Berlin from 1961 to 1989. It was built to prevent more people exiting East Germany and entering West Germany as West Germany had far more better economics and life style that's why many people wanted to enter West Germany. It had divided Germany for 27 years. And within those years 136 people had died trying to cross over wall. The had been broken down by the people of Germany but its some of its remains have been left there to mark what has happened in the past years. An example for protecting people is The Great Wall of China. It is the collective name of a series of defence systems built across the historical northern borders of China to protect and consolidate territories of Chinese states and empires against various nomadic groups of the large area of flat unforested grassland in south-eastern Europe or Siberia. One of the most recent building of a wall is the Mexico-America border wall is an international border separating Mexico and the United States, extending from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east. The border traverses a variety of terrains, ranging from urban areas to deserts. It stretches in over 3,145 km of land. This border wall is being made to stop the importation of drugs into the US which is potentially protecting the US citizens. Reply to this comment busy_song | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 06 May 2019 In my opinion, I believe that walls both divide and protect people. Walls protect people because they help to defend a place if it is being attacked on and a massive tower will give a clear message of restriction. An example of this is ‘Hadrian’s wall’. Its construction happened in 122 AD when the Roman Emperor Hadrian and the soldiers built a massive wall stretching up to 73 miles out of bricks. This protected the Romans who were living in Britain since it helped to protect them from the Picts, people who lived in Scotland. Another example is ‘the great wall of China’. Walls divide people because walls can make people feel separated and restricted since there is a physical boundary they cannot enter. An example of this is ‘The Israeli West Bank barrier’. This is a barrier separates two sides of the country and people either side have not been able to see each other in years. This wall divides people since the two countries are creating a wall for nobody to cross. The Israeli people say that the barrier decreases the rising terrorism there however; the Palestinians say that it is a barrier of segregation and of separation. Overall, walls in the past have not divided people but protected people. Years ago, powerful and rich emperors would use the wealth to build beautiful, strong and magnificent walls to protect their people from the invaders who might want to take over the area. Now, people mostly build walls for separation and to divide people because of the strong hatred that both countries have for each other like the USA and Mexico, North Korea and South Korea and India and Pakistan. In the future, I believe that walls will divide people further, maybe every house or person would have a wall surrounding them causing more separating amongst the people. http://primaryfacts.com/1540/facts-about-hadrians-wall/ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-15-years-of-separation-palestinians-cut-off-from-jerusalem-by-a-wall-1.5888001 Reply to this comment Olivia @ Topical Talk busy_song's comment 07 May 2019 An excellent use of examples to support your reasoning, well done. Reply to this comment committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy | United Kingdom 07 May 2019 The answer to the question can be both, this is because it matters what purpose you are using the wall for. For example, if the wall was like the Great wall of China, it was used to protect Chinese citizens but if the wall was built to separate people from each other or other countries then it would be for negative reasons. For example, the Berlin wall was used to separate West Germany and East Germany. Reply to this comment motivated_leaves | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 07 May 2019 I believe that walls can be built for protection and division because, The Great Wall Of China is a wall of protection. That was built ages ago . It was built by a Chinese emperor to protect its people This is a case of protection and to evitate that more people die . In Americas case it doesn't really work like that . Trump is building a huge wall just because he doesn't want immigrants and people that bring drugs from Mexico to America when he could just put guards there instead of wasting thousands of dollars on this wall. I find that very irrelevant because usually it is not they Mexicans that bring in the drugs but American citizens that go outside America and come back in with the drugs . This is an example of division because if you go to the states near Mexico like California , many people there have Mexican relatives and if you build a wall right between them it is like you are splitting a family in half . One side ( of the family ) on one side and the other side of the family on the other side. Also , the Berlin Wall was a wall of division because it divided the people from East Germany from the ones from West Germany . Families were split up during that time and many people died trying to cross the barrier from East to West . No one liked East Germany because they were a very poor economy with not that much food or jobs whereas West Germany was full of jobs good food fresh water and many other things . Reply to this comment astounding_dolphin | Churchill Gardens Primary Academy 08 May 2019 As well as dividing people walls also protect people. For example, the Great Wall of China is to protect the people and to make sure that no one tries to invade China. Walls can also divide people. For instance, Donald Trump want to make a wall between America and Mexico but some people might have a part of their family living in Mexico. It will divide the family and they will probably never see each other ever again. Reply to this comment peaceful_world | Dante Alighieri 09 May 2019 they divide Reply to this comment romantic_cookie | Dante Alighieri 09 May 2019 in my opinion, the wall divides the Mexicans and USA people, and their families. Reply to this comment quiet_lute | Dante Alighieri 09 May 2019 For us the wall divides the people physically and morally and we don't think it's a good idea. Reply to this comment busy_mouse | Dante Alighieri 09 May 2019 Today I'll talk about a big issue in my country, immigration. People from North Africa and Middle East escape from their country for war, hunger poverty etc. Reply to this comment altruistic_grasshopper | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 09 May 2019 walls do not protect or divide people since weapons that are concentrated on the wall can possibly break through the wall therefore not protecting the people but they do not divide them since most walls have a point where you can legally pass through the wall, and you can also book a flight to the place where the wall is if you can in the country. Reply to this comment delightful_dragonfruit | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 09 May 2019 But what if your family lived in a different country and there was a wall dividing you so you can't see each other anymore. Reply to this comment understanding_squirrel | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 09 May 2019 I think they divide people because then they can not go to to that place or explore different places and that building a great big wall across somewhere to separate that place is a bit selfish and narcissistic. Reply to this comment generous_banana | John Ruskin 09 May 2019 I think that having borders is good because: 1. Isis will not be able to kill people 2. If you were to migrate to the country that is protected from the border to get back to your relatives, you can migrate to a country that doesn't have a border then migrate to your country. (You might need a visa or documents.) I feel like I'm 50% sure you can do reason 2. 3. People won't smuggle anything anymore. 4. Nobody can then invade your privacy anymore (this is called, "Invasion Of Privacy.") Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk generous_banana's comment 10 May 2019 Can you be sceptical and challenge some of your claims. For example, would a wall always protect your privacy? Reply to this comment generous_banana | John Ruskin Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 10 May 2019 A wall can and cannot because someone can stay protected but if you are young like 10 or 12, it will be quite dangerous to you. Reply to this comment thoughtful_dove | Notley Green Primary School 10 May 2019 I think a bit of both because it could divide family and friends but also it would keep people safe from bad people such as people smuggling things into different other countries and or hurting them. Reply to this comment ambitious_ocean | Notley Green Primary School 10 May 2019 I think that walls divide people because they stop other countries from entering if they have a wall.Also walls stop uninvited citizens from exploring and if a family member lived in a different country how are they supposed to visit ? Reply to this comment blithesome_cloudberry | Notley Green Primary School 10 May 2019 Divide. Reply to this comment poetic_spring | Notley Green Primary School 10 May 2019 I think that the walls don't protect us because there is a certain point in the wall where it is legal to go through so someone could find the point and legally enter without someone noticing Reply to this comment dynamic_skill | Notley Green Primary School 10 May 2019 Walls divide people because if someone is on holiday travelling the world then when they get back they not be able to get back in Reply to this comment friendly_gazelle | Notley Green Primary School 10 May 2019 I think that they could do both because trump says that he want to stop people with drugs and things coming in which is to protect people but if you if about the Berlin Wall that divided people Reply to this comment creative_fly | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 They divide people Reply to this comment patient_wilddog | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 They divide people Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk patient_wilddog's comment 10 May 2019 Can you explain why? Reply to this comment patient_wilddog | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 10 May 2019 the border separt families Reply to this comment enlightened_construction | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 I believe that walls dont protect people because either way people will always find ways to get across borders. Reply to this comment jolly_duck | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 I think that they can do both, but only for a certain amount of time. For example, the great wall of China was originally built for protection, joining together the different parts of China to unite into one kingdom. However now, it is a tourist attraction and, if anything, symbolizes how separated China is from the rest of the world. It no longer fulfills its purpose. In contrast, the Berlin wall was built to divide a city and to stop the refugees from East Berlin going across to West Berlin. The wall only lasted 28 years before it was torn down and the city was united once again. Walls will only last for so long and the purpose of them can change over time. If there was a new president of the United States of America, the wall may not even be built, and if it had been the purpose of it could change. I think the important issue really isn't the wall, but the intention and reason for building it. Reply to this comment storytelling_piccolo | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 In my opinion, walls divide people,it my protect them from people coming in with drugs but its dividing the two countries which will never end in peace. Reply to this comment tidy_drawing | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 the walls are not because it is keeping famelis apart Reply to this comment eager_ostrich | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 They divide people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply to this comment enterprising_tiger | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 10 May 2019 l believe walls do not protect people as they will find other ways. Reply to this comment quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School 12 May 2019 I think Donald Trump is wasting all this money on his wall that could be used on something way more important. However, I also think that Donald Trump did have a point when he didn't want drugs coming in to the US. But he is still incorrect when he doesn't want illegal immigrants coming. So in one way he was trying to protect the US. Reply to this comment helpful_rock | Napoleone Colajanni 13 May 2019 I think they could do both because we have to remember reasons that, in the past, urged people building walls to be protected by invasors and conquerors. This was a good one, because they had been feeling safe and dividers were useful to reach their goal. An example might be the Great Wall of China. Now, walls are built for political purposes like the Berlin Wall or to stop immigration and governments hope to reject traffickers or terrorists like the Trump's Wall. Reply to this comment brilliant_bee | Phoenix Primary School 14 May 2019 they divide people because if there is a wall it must be there for a reason and split a certain amount of people Reply to this comment jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 14 May 2019 In my opinion, i believe walls divide people. Take this for example, In a house there's usually walls to block off each room. Mine and my sisters bedroom has a wall between it to divide us. However my whole family knows that its so i can't annoy her besides the point. Anyway, its stops us from contacting each other through voice That's what divide basically means. Reply to this comment lively_flute | Pimlico Primary Academy 14 May 2019 I think it can be a mix of both because if there was a wall it means nobody can go in the country but it also means that if you can't get out then you can't see your relatives or anyone and if people can't get in they won't be able to see their relatives. Reply to this comment versatile_moon | Napoleone Colajanni 17 May 2019 There are different types of walls: those born from a sense of protection of a particular country and those born instead from a common whim but in reality unfavorable for those who live beyond the wall. In general I would answer the question by saying that walls divide people and block all forms of cultural sharing, but considering walls like the Great Flush my opinion changes. I do not approve those divisions that affect the rich part of a country and are based on political motives, but I agree with protections against a greater danger that lies beyond the wall. Reply to this comment enlightened_construction | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 17 May 2019 Its not right for walls or fences to divide people because there could be families being seperated every day and its not right .As an example the division between west Germany and east Germany there were thousands of people being sepperated and even though both sides dont like eachother they have to move on in life. Reply to this comment persuasive_aspect | New Horizons Children's Academy enlightened_construction's comment 17 May 2019 Are you for the wall or against it ? Reply to this comment enterprising_tiger | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 17 May 2019 It can be a bit of both. It can be bad because they will separate family's however they can also be used for protection. Reply to this comment talkative_blackberry | Willowtown Community Primary School 18 May 2019 Well it divides you from your family or friends. Like I said in the last competition if a border is there, then you might not be able to go there Reply to this comment You must be logged in with Student Hub access to post a comment. Sign up now!