War has come to your home and you’re forced to escape. What obstacles do you encounter on your journey? What belongings do you take? How do you start a new life when your notion of home no longer exists?
Doctors Without Borders will bring its traveling, outdoor free exhibition on the global refugee crisis to Pearl Street Mall on Sept. 4-10, titled “Forced From Home.”
Through this project, Doctors Without Borders seeks to expose the realities of the crisis. With an experienced aid worker as their guide, visitors will navigate the 10,000-square-foot exhibition space, following the route of a displaced person from Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, South Sudan, or Syria. The “Forced From Home” interactive exhibition implores visitors to imagine the desperate plight faced by more than 65 million displaced people worldwide.
“Our medical staff treat people uprooted by conflict and extreme violence all over the world. MSF provides care along their dangerous journey—on rescue boats, in refugee camps, and health centers,” said Jason Cone, executive director of MSF-USA. “Forced From Home is an opportunity to bring our patients’ stories to U.S. audiences, to humanize the refugee crisis, and to challenge political leaders at all levels of government to dramatically increase aid and protections for refugees and asylum seekers.”
“Forced From Home” illustrates the feeling of being cramped in a rubber raft lost at sea, depicts how much water might be available in a refugee camp, and delves into the medical problems that many endure in their pursuit for safety. More information on the exhibition is available here: http://www.
In 2017, the exhibition will also visit Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Oakland, CA; and Santa Monica, CA. “Forced From Home” traveled through the Northeast United States and welcomed more than 22,600 visitors in 2016.