Seeking Sanctuary, 7-8 November
What would you do if you were forced to flee your home because of war or persecution?
Every day last year 32,200 people were faced with this question as they sought protection either within their own country or as they fled across borders.
Today there are 51.2 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their homes.
To highlight the growing plight of refugees around the world, I am pleased to announce Red Cross has launched Seeking Sanctuary, New Zealand’s first refugee camp simulation, on 7-8 November 2014 in Auckland.
Over a period of 17 hours, representing the 17 years on average refugees spend in a refugee camp, you will flee from a simulated conflict zone, cross a patrolled border and seek shelter in a refugee camp.
Seeking Sanctuary has been designed in close collaboration with local refugee communities, Red Cross staff, volunteers, international aid workers and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Step into the shoes of a refugee with me at Seeking Sanctuary, for a glimpse into real-life struggles that millions of people face every day.
Together we can increase awareness and understanding of the refugee journey and raise much needed funds for our work with refugees in New Zealand and around the world.
Join me on this journey. Spaces are limited, register now.