What is Forced From Home?

Doctors Without Borders presents Forced From Home, an interactive exhibition that takes visitors behind the headlines about the global refugee crisis to see what we see. Doctors Without Borders provides vital medical assistance to refugees and displaced people around the world, and witnesses first-hand the impact of conflict and political turmoil on their lives.

Forced From Home exposes the conditions facing more than 65 million displaced people worldwide. This year, the free, outdoor exhibition will travel across the western United States, including stops in Boulder, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Oakland, CA; and Santa Monica, CA. With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers guiding the tours, visitors navigate a 10,000-square-foot installation designed to convey some of the challenges confronting a person forced to flee. Visitors engage with stories and materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions and emergency medical projects. Throughout the tour, visitors hear from Doctors Without Borders aid workers who provide humanitarian relief on the front lines of the refugee crisis. The immersive experience includes virtual reality and 360° videos that take participants to Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Tanzania and South Sudan—all countries hosting large numbers of displaced people. The exhibition provides a unique educational experience for adults and children ages 12 and older. Visitors gain a deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis, the dangerous journey made by those who have been forced from home and the humanitarian assistance offered by Doctors Without Borders.

Why Focus on Refugees?

Over 65 million people are currently fleeing conflict or persecution worldwide. Due to their race, religion or nationality, these people’s homes are no longer safe places to live and their governments no longer provide them with protection.

Doctors Without Borders works around the world to provide refugees and internally displaced people with everything they need from psychological care to lifesaving nutrition. We set up hospitals in refugee camps, help women give birth safely, vaccinate children to prevent epidemics and provide access to safe drinking water.

Why an Interactive Exhibition?

While delivering emergency medical care across a wide range of countries and continents, Doctors Without Borders sees firsthand the horrific conditions and suffering that drive people to risk their lives for the chance of a better and safer future. Forced From Home is designed to raise public awareness about the experience of refugees and internally displaced people, and provides us with an opportunity to speak out on behalf of our many patients around the world who may not have a way to speak for themselves. Do you have more questions about the content of the event, amenities, or contact information? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Vlogs From The Tour

Episode 1: For Me, This Boat is a Trigger

Episode 2: Young Refugees Must Fend for Themselves

Episode 3: Make Change Where You Are

Episode 4: "This is what keeps me going"

Episode 5: "A little window to the challenges we face"

Episode 6: Trying to Help in the Moment You're Faced With

Episode 7: The Most Inspiring Aspect of the Work I Do