Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes

  • Jewish Community Center 6701 Hoover Road Indianapolis, IN, 46260 United States

Today, we are seeing the highest number of people forcibly displaced from their country of origin since World War II - 65 million people. A staggering 21.3 million of those displaced are refugees with over half of whom are under 18 years of age.

While it's impossible to fully comprehend what it's like to be forced from your home and to live as a refugee, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, has developed a unique program that provides individuals and families an opportunity to begin to understand the frustrations, disappointments and hopes that face refugees around the world.

Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes is an hour-long simulation that allows participants to assume the identity and role of a refugee. Through the simulation you will be given the opportunity to learn what experiences a refugee is faced with once forced to flee their country. You will encounter seven stations meant to mimic the process a refugee would enounter. We hope that you walk away from this experience enlightented on refugee reality and what steps you can take to advocate or a desire to get involved.