Thursday, October 5, 2006

Refugee camp demonstration at Centennial Park

Nashville's political refugee population at 9,000

The Nashville City Paper reports in this article on the ongoing mock refugee camp set up in Centennial Park by Doctors without Borders. The event runs through this weekend and includes "landmines, covered latrines and a makeshift pharmacy."

"The traveling shantytown is in Nashville on the last leg of its tour of cities, an effort to raise awareness of the globe’s 33 million refugees and to build support for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)."

"Carol Etherington, assistant professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University and MSF aid worker, said the event also targets the Nashville health care market for skilled volunteers interested in practicing medicine in war-torn regions."

"Current estimates count more than 9,000 political refugees from 40 countries living in the Nashville area."

The official press release is here, and there is a Rocketboom video report of the same exhibit in Brooklyn here.

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