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Walk in the Footsteps of Refugees at ADIRA: A Refugee Camp Exhibition

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The American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region is bringing the experience of a refugee camp to Baltimore to explain what it is like for those in other countries who are currently fleeing conflict and/or disaster. ADIRA: A Refugee Camp Exhibition is designed for visitors to “walk in the footsteps” of refugees through a series of stations designed to explain daily life within a refugee camp.

Individual exhibits include an American Red Cross Headquarters as the starting location for the walk through, medical clinic exhibit, Non-Governmental Organization Offices exhibit, a school and education exhibit, a sheltering and latrine exhibit, a clean water exhibit, and a food distribution and dry ration exhibit. Each exhibit is interactive and will provide background information on the services provided and how aid and vital goods are distributed.

Additional activities include putting handprints on an artistic display to foster unity and togetherness, planting seeds of hope for a community garden, and creating paper dolls to celebrate diversity.

The International Services branch of the American Red Cross helps vulnerable people around the world prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, armed conflicts and life threatening health conditions through work with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network. The ADIRA: A Refugee Camp Exhibition raises awareness for these services, as well as the Restoring Family Links program that works to reconnect families and loved ones who have been separated by war, natural disasters or civil unrest.