Experience what "Forced From Home" means...this weekend


The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières encampment in Richard J. Daley Center*

This weekend, experience what it is like to be Forced From Home instantaneously, having to decide what to take with you, in hopes you that will survive. 

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) volunteers will engage you in the reality of what is happening in the greatest migration of people since World War II, as they take you on a tour through their 10,000 square foot educational encampment Forced From Home in Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, through Sept. 30. 


A 360 degree dome is a powerful statement***

Talk with those who have spent time in some of the 70 countries covered by MSF. You will be given a role as a refugee on the move, fleeing your home. What do you have to think about? What decisions will you have to make? What will it take for you to have a chance to survive? 

“As medical providers along migration routes around the world, we see this exhibition as a way to bear witness and share the stories we hear every day—from people desperately fleeing war and violence—with the U.S. public,” said Jason Cone, MSF USA executive director. “We are watching in horror as anti-immigration rhetoric turns into policy, and our patients are turned away from borders and ports of entry all over the world. Forced From Home is our attempt to explain why people are on the move, and why it’s unconscionable to block them from reaching safety.” 

As the demand has increased, the US has taken in only 20,000 refugees  this year, compared to 96,000 who resettled across the country in 2016. 

As one guide, a mid-wife from Albuquerque, NM, said in Chicago, "Seeking safety is not a crime." 


Each "refugee" is given an identity card**

There are 68.5 million people currently displaced worldwide of which 25.4 million are refugees and more than half of whom are children. Not all can be served by the 35,000 employees of this international emergency medical organization despite the fact that 90% of those employed are employed locally. 

Tours in the Richard J. Daley Center are given from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m. A tour takes approximately an hour. 

This tour will be in Charlotte, NC, from Oct. 7 - 14; Atlanta, GA, from Oct. 21-28 and in San Antonio, TX, from Nov. 4-11.

More to do: Webcasts or stand with refugees.



Overall view of encampment*

Photos: *Jean Marc Giboux, ** Julia Vandenoever and ***Caroline Yang



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