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Playing refugee in Davos

Posted at 5:05 PM on February 5, 2009 by Steve Mullis (1 Comments)
Filed under: News, People, Politics

There is something that just feels wrong about this Refugee Run that was held at the Davos conference. I understand the idea behind it, which is to give these rich and powerful folks an inside view of what life is like as a refugee so that they may be better able to sympathize with their plight. Here's Richard Branson participating in the run:


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(Photos: PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

FP: Passport has more photos here. Ooh, he looks really frightened doesn't he?

The thing that bothers me here is how it is advertised on the flier: EXPERIENCE LIFE AS A REFUGEE IN DAVOS! It's as if being a refugee is a fun rollercoaster ride that the Davos elite will get a chance to ride on.

"You must be this tall to ride this farce."

If they really wanted to do this effectively, there should have been no advertising and no signing up for the fun. Right in the middle of their banquet dinners or as they slurped down their gourmet soup in a hotel bathrobe, armed militants should storm in a take the place over. Storm the keep, string up the monarchs!

Now that would change some stations.

What do you think, useful exercise or not?


Comments (1)

This exercise reminds me of the annual "Homeless" night that our town's churches put on for the youth groups. The junior high and high school kids go around town raking people's yards. Then, they converge on a parking lot where they spend the rest of the night sleeping in cardboard boxes with their friends. We had a couple of girls give a report the next morning in church. She started out, "Homeless night was really fun..." The kids were all smiles. It made me wonder???

I think "Homeless Night" or "Refugee Run" should start by promising a good night with friends, then removing the participants from all their peers and support systems, so they can feel a little smack of abandonment and disappointment. In any event, these simulations are what the participant makes of them.

Posted by Jessica | February 5, 2009 6:36 PM


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