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Traveling Refugee Camp in California Brings Home Plight of Displaced

The IV bag in the cholera treatment center tent is used to quickly replenish liquids and nutrients.

To bring home the plight of millions of displaced families around the world, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières has recreated an outdoor refugee camp, including a health clinic, a nutrition center, cholera beds, a water treatment center, and emergency housing.

“We try to make people aware of the 42 million people who have been uprooted by war,” says Donna Canali, RN, who has been on four missions in Africa with the international, independent humanitarian organization, which delivers emergency aid to people in more than 60 countries. “We want to give people information and get them imagining what it would be like if they had to flee from their homes.”

School groups, nursing students, and members of the public have toured the 8,000-square-foot interactive exhibit, which opened in San Francisco in mid-October, and traveled to Los Angeles at the end of the month. The exhibit will be in Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Pier until Nov. 2 and in San Diego at Balboa Park from Nov. 6-9.

For more information or to schedule group tours, call 1-800-490-0773 or visit


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