While I was in Atlanta for the BMES Annual Meeting, I happened across an incredible temporary exhibition hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), more commonly known as Doctors Without Borders in English.
Called ‘Forced From Home’, this free, interactive, outdoor experience was extremely educating, covering everything from MSF’s guiding principles, the most common causes that displace people, the needs of displaced peoples, and what MSF is doing to help those in need.
Throughout the exhibit, each of us was assigned an identity of a real person who is an internally displaced person (homeless within their own country), an asylum seeker, or a refugee. As we passed through the different sections, we had to drop items that we had chosen when we were “forced to leave” our homes.
We only spent an hour there, but in that time, I learned so much about displaced peoples in our world and the incredible efforts organizations like MSF are doing to heal and help them. If you don’t know about their amazing projects, check out their website at www.doctorswithoutborders.org and their special exhibit, www.forcedfromhome.com.