Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free panel discussion at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library Lecture Hall that will address the pressing issues of refugee resettlement in the U.S. and around the world.
At a time where there are more displaced people in the world than there have been since World War II, the resettlement burden falls most heavily on the nations immediately surrounding the worst war zones on the planet. That has meant that the wealthiest nations have taken in far fewer people than countries with a fraction of the resources.
Too often, the conversation around refugee issues is reduced to overly simplistic, dehumanizing rhetoric. But what resettlement actually means—the logistics, the duration of the process, the struggles of those who are resettled—gets lost.
To discuss the realities and challenges of resettlement, Mila Sanina will moderate a discussion between Kheir Mugwaneza, the director of refugee resettlement for Pittsburgh’s Northern Area Multi Service Agency joins MSF-USA executive director Jason Cone, Sue Johnston, a veteran MSF aid worker who worked with displaced people in the field and resettled refugees in the US, and Ahmed Abdulrazag, a physician who worked with displaced people at the border of Libya and Tunisia. They will discuss the connections between MSF’s work in field and the people who’ve been resettled in the Pittsburgh area, issues mirrored in other communities throughout the US.
A Q&A will follow the discussion.
Jason Cone, executive director of MSF-USA.
Sue Johnston, LICSW, worked with internally displaced people in Myanmar for MSF, supporting teams who helped displaced HIV/TB patients adhere to their medications, and assess the mental health needs of people displaced by conflict. In Minneapolis, she was a refugee mental health liaison for a resettlement agency, assessing the needs of refugee populations and training other mental health professionals to serve those populations. As well, she has provided direct mental health care to several refugee populations, including Somalis and Burmese, following their resettlement in Minnesota.
Kheir Mugwaneza, director of refugee resettlement for the Northern Area Multi-Service Center in Pittsburgh.
Ahmed Abdulrazag volunteered as a physician and then became a medical team leader at a displacement camp at the Libyan-Tunisian border. Prior to joining MSF, he worked at the Tripoli Central Hospital and the Bani Walid Central Hospital in Libya as an ICU and family doctor. Ahmed lives in Michigan and is currently a tour guide for MSF's Forced From Home exhibition.
Moderated by Mila Sanina, executive director of PublicSource, an investigative journalism nonprofit in Pittsburgh. Previously, she was the deputy managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she led innovation in storytelling and integration of print and online operations. Before joining the Post-Gazette, Mila worked at PBS Newshour and CNN International. A native of Kazakhstan, Mila has a master's degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
NOTE: Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early. If you have not checked-in prior to five minutes before the start of the panel, your reservation is no longer guaranteed.
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About Forced From Home:
Presented by Doctors Without Borders, Forced From Home is a free interactive exhibition designed to raise public awareness of the world’s 65 million refugees. With an experienced Doctors Without Borders aid worker as your guide, you'll see, hear, and interact with images, stories, and materials gathered from refugee camps, rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. Gain a deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis, the challenges faced by those who have been forced from home, and the humanitarian assistance offered by Doctors Without Borders.
To schedule a tour of Forced From Home in Pittsburgh, visit this web page.
Learn more about MSF's work with refugees and IDPs here.