The Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City exhibit is an outdoor reconstruction of an actual refugee camp, where experienced staff from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) -- doctors, nurses, logisticians -- guide visitors through a 40 to 60 minute interactive tour explaining the crucial elements for survival in a refugee or IDP crisis.
During the tour, each visitor will learn some of the challenges a refugee or IDP faces in trying to access food, shelter, water and medical care. The 740 m2 (8,000 square feet) exhibit is designed to accommodate approximately 800 to 1,200 visitors per day, and consists of the following areas:
Guided by MSF aid workers, visitors are asked to imagine that they
are among the millions
of people fleeing violence and persecution in, for example, Somalia,
Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Sudan.
The exhibit is made up of materials used by MSF in its emergency
medical work around the world, including emergency refugee housing, a
food distribution tent, water pump, health clinic, vaccination tent,
therapeutic feeding center, and a cholera treatment center. It addresses
questions such as:
Learn more about the issues refugees and internally displaced persons
(IDPs) face with this interactive guide.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. If you are planning to
come with a group of 15 or more please schedule a group visit for your
city. Individuals are welcome without reservations.
The Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City was first
launched in France in 1995, and has toured in countries in Asia, Europe,
the Middle East and North America. In 2008, the exhibit attracted close
to 30,000 visitors during a 4 city tour of Western Canada and 4 city
tour of California.
Exhibit open Thursdays & Fridays, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturdays
& Sundays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
More information: http://refugeecamp.ca/
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