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Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee
September 04, 2009

Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee
A traveling exhibit on the world’s refugees takes school-age children and visitors of all ages on an inspiring, hands-on journey into the extraordinary lives of millions of children who were forced to flee their homes in conflict regions throughout the world. 

The exhibit, “Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee,” gives young visitors and others an opportunity to gain a firsthand look into the often challenging realities faced by refugee children and their families, and yet experience the personal triumphs of rebuilding their lives in a new land. It showcases six exhibit areas: Home, Losing Home, Registration, Refugee Camp, Medical Clinic and Going Home. 

The self-guided tour walks museum visitors through exhibit areas where they will learn about the shelter, food, medical care, schooling, and play activities of children in refugee camps. The exhibit recreates actual refugee camp settings and features interactive multimedia. Photographs, artwork and testimonials of refugee children from countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Afghanistan will be on display. 

Visitors enter at the camp entrance, where they will be registered and processed as a refugee. From there, visitors will walk into a replica of a refugee camp where they can learn about and imagine what daily life must be like for refugee children. The exhibit allows children to touch items found in refugee camps; hear the voices and life stories of refugee children; and engage in interactive age-appropriate educational activities on human rights. It aims to bring awareness about the plight of some nine million refugee children around the globe. 

This creative and educational exhibit was developed in partnership with the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and international aid organizations including UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Philanthropist Pam Omidyar helped conceive the exhibit and personally provided core funding. 

“We hope children and other visitors will take away from the exhibit a sense of empathy and insight into the lives of refugee children around the world,” said Linda Quinn, executive director of Las Vegas’ Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. “This exhibit will allow them to walk in the shoes of refugee children and reflect on issues such as losing a home and human rights in a creative, educational and interactive way.” 

As young visitors exit the exhibit, they will learn what happens to refugees after they leave the camp, including repatriation, resettlement, and other outcomes. Two interactive video kiosks will encourage children to share their reflections about the exhibit. A resource center will alinformation on aid organizations working with displaced populations. 

For more information on the exhibit, please visit http://www.tornfromhome.com/index.html


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