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Doctors Without Borders presents Forced From Home, a free interactive exhibition designed to expose the realities of the global refugee crisis. Mark Leirer, Medical Team Leader, Doctors Without Borders explains more. 

Forced From Home is a free interactive exhibition designed to expose the realities of the global refugee crisis. With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers leading the tour, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the dangerous journey made by more than 65 million displaced people around the world.

Forced From Home is in Salt Lake City from Sept. 18-24, open 9 am to 5 pm, at Library Plaza, near Salt Lake City Public Library. No registration required, aside from large groups and schools. For schools – email schools@newyork.msf.org. For groups – email groups@newyork.msf.org.

Find more information at www.forcedfromhome.com. After Salt Lake City, the exhibit will come to Seattle, Portland, Oakland, and Santa Monica.

More than 65 million people are now displaced worldwide, including refugees and asylum seekers whose lives are further endangered by policies that deny them protection.

With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers leading the tour, visitors engage with stories and materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world.

Participants gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing people who have been forced from home, and of humanitarian efforts to help them. MSF works on the front lines of the migration crisis, treating patients around the world who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence, and persecution.

The exhibition is a key component of MSF’s broader efforts to raise public awareness about the medical humanitarian consequences of the migration crisis.

Mark Leirer is a nurse, who has completed four assignments with Doctors Without B orders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2014. He has worked in the Mediterranean Sea, Afghanistan, and Central African Republic with MSF. He’s also volunteered in Senegal, Ghana, and Chile. Most recently, Mark worked onboard the Aquarius, an MSF search and rescue vessel, as medical team leader. Mark provided medical care to displaced people attempting to cross the Mediterranean in search of safety and refuge, in addition to coordinating psychosocial first aid, food, shelter, and information for his patients. In Afghanistan, Mark was charged with helping supervise a 350-bed hospital in Helmand. When not on assignment, Mark spends his time traveling. He received his degree from the University of Miami and worked for 3 years in a trauma ICU in the Bronx, NY.

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