A migrant camp is coming to Queens.
Doctors Without Borders — an international aid agency also known as Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF — will present “Forced From Home,” an exhibit on the global refugee crisis, at the New York Hall of Science from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20.
Spread out over roughly 10,000 square feet, the multi-set show’s goal is to highlight and humanize the plight faced by the world’s more than 65 million displaced people. Via simulations and items collected from real relief projects, visitors will experience what refugees go through as they float on rickety boats in the high seas, cross deserts on foot, and co-exist in crowded camps.
Plus, MSF employees — with work experience in such war-torn countries as Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, South Sudan, and Syria – will be on hand to add their thoughts. More info will be available through a 360-degree video and several virtual reality documentaries.
To enrich the exhibit, award-winning journalist Ann Curry will host The Global Refugee Crisis: Humanitarian Needs and International Policy, a panel discussion at Manhattan’s Cooper Union on Sept. 21. She will talk with MSF-USA Executive Director Jason Cone, United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants Special Advisor Karen AbuZayd, and Hans Van de Weerd, who is the U.S. Vice President of Programs at the International Rescue Committee.
After its Queens run, “Forced From Home” will pop up at the Battery Park City Esplanade in Manhattan from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27. Then it’s off to Washington DC, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.