Free exhibit seeks to convey refugees' ordeals

It runs through Sunday outside U.S. Bank Stadium

Sloane Martin
September 12, 2018 - 5:01 am

Minnesota is home to thousands of immigrants, many of whom have lived in refugee camps around the world before coming here.

Now there's a chance to get some idea of what hardships they faced in refugee camps as they set out to escape dire circumstances.

A public exhibit in downtown Minneapolis called "Forced From Home" is organized by Doctors Without Borders, which says nearly 70 million people across the globe are displaced.  

"We're hoping that the awareness we can bring from this exhibition, people have a little more ability to relate to the fact that, at the end of the day, we're all human," guide Mark Lear said. "We all have human needs. The more empathetic and the more kind we can be to each other, the more functional this world will be."

The exhibit continues through Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Commons west of U.S. Bank Stadium. The one-hour tours led by aid workers are free. 

There's also a panel talk Wednesday at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater at 7:30 p.m.