It might be a little bit overdue, but better late than never! We held our second ever Mock Refugee camp again last December as a part of the 16 days of Activism on campus.
This year, our Mock Refugee Camp was set up for an entire week. We had 3 tents full of the stories of our sponsored refugees and the refugee camps they came from: Dadaab and Kakuma camps in Kenya, and Ban Mai Nai Soi, Mae Ra Moe, and Mae Su Rae refugee camps in Thailand. We also had information about urban refugees, the current changes to refugee health care in Canada, and more. We also prepared some typical meals from the refugee camps to share with passer-bys.
One of the best parts about the week was hearing our sponsored students share their stories with others in the camp. One afternoon, a grade 5 class from Davidson came all the way down to Regina to join us, and Jacob and Patience shared their stories with the kids. The kids were so engaged. Who knows?! Maybe they will grow up to be future members of a WUSC Chapter somewhere!
Overall, it was a great chance for students, faculty, and community members to stop by, learn and ask questions, but also to share their own experiences and stories about refugee issues.
We cannot thank everyone who stopped by the Mock Refugee Camp during that week enough. The week was an amazing chance for us to raise awareness within our community about the work WUSC does and about issues facing refugees and the difference education can make!
Thanks also to Luther College Cafeteria, Safeway, The National Reserves, and the Cadets, who helped us with donations and support throughout the week!