Sometimes Houston can feel like a Congolese jungle, but most of its residents are fortunate enough never to have experienced the hardships of refugees in central Africa. The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is creating A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City, an interactive exhibit downtown that will help people understand the main struggles of the estimated 33 million refugees worldwide: building shelter, finding food and water and handling waste disposal. Aid workers will also teach visitors about nutrition and healthcare, demonstrating practices MSF uses on the ground in places like Sudan and Colombia. Odds are youll feel more enlightened than traumatized; just dont be surprised if your toilet inspires a swell of gratitude when you get home.
Oct. 4-7, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 2007