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Forced From Home
Sep 16, 2016
Forced From Home is a free, interactive, educational, outdoor exhibition designed to raise public awareness about the global refugee crisis.
Guided by experienced aid workers from Doctors Without Borders, visitors will be given a tour through a variety of interactive, hands-on experiences in which they will be challenged to imagine what life is like for the world’s 60 million displaced people.
The exhibition features an immersive 360° video experience inside a 30-foot diameter dome that transports visitors to Tanzania, Lebanon, South Sudan, and other locations as they are introduced to the contexts and the populations discussed throughout the exhibition.
Visitors will interact with items used by refugees and aid workers to get a sense of what displaced people need to survive. For example, visitors will choose what personal items they would take if they were forced to flee, explore refugee shelters, and discover some of the tools that humanitarian agencies utilize.
Why this theme?
Some 60 million people are currently fleeing conflict or persecution worldwide. Due to their race, religion, or nationality, these people’s homes are no longer safe places to live and their governments no longer provide them with protection.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works around the world to provide refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) with everything they need from psychological care to lifesaving nutrition. MSF sets up hospitals in refugee camps, helps women give birth safely, vaccinates children to prevent epidemics, and provides access to safe drinking water.
Why an event like this?
While delivering emergency medical care across a wide range of countries and continents, Doctors Without Borders sees firsthand the horrific conditions and suffering that drive people to risk their lives for the chance of a better and safer future.
Forced From Home is designed to raise public awareness about the experience of refugees and internally displaced people, and provides MSF an opportunity to speak out on behalf of our many beneficiaries around the world who may not have a way to speak for themselves.
QUEENS, The New York Hall of Science – 47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368
September 16th-20th daily 9am–5pm