15 May 2020 to 10 January 2021

IWM North

Free event

Subject to any further disruption or restrictions due to coronavirus, IWM plans to open its Refugees season this summer.

© IWM MSF identity card issued to Dr Natalie Roberts in 2015, when she was the Emergency Coordinator for MSF’s response in Yemen.
© IWM MSF identity card issued to Dr Natalie Roberts in 2015, when she was the Emergency Coordinator for MSF’s response in Yemen.

Around the world aid organisations are working to support, care for and protect vulnerable people, forced to flee their homes because of conflict.

Faced with practical, emotional and ethical challenges on a daily basis, how do aid workers choose who to help and decide which risks to take, and can their presence do more harm than good?

Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire brings together powerful stories from conflict zones to explore these challenges from an insider perspective.

Saleem Ghadhban is an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) field officer in weapon contamination in Iraq. Saleem had been working in mine detection for more than 10 years before joining ICRC’s team in 2016.
© Ibrahim Sherkhan / ICRC Saleem Ghadhban is an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) field officer in weapon contamination in Iraq.

Understand the global story from interviews of individual experiences in the field, displayed alongside photographs and unique objects – recorded and sourced specially for this exhibition. On your visit you’ll encounter a Médecins Sans Frontières Land Cruiser, an iconic vehicle associated with aid work, and the IKEA Better Shelter, an innovative shelter designed for refugees. See aid workers’ personal belongings and equipment which give an insight into the conditions they face, and the mental and physical trials of working in the field.

Still from interactive exploring whether all aid workers face the same risks. Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire will combine ‘in the field’ testimonies with scenario-based interactives.
© IWM. Still from exhibition interactive exploring whether all aid workers face the same risks.

The exhibition reveals the dilemmas encountered while operating in areas including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, from which over 17.5 million people have collectively fled due to recent conflict*.

Through combining personal ‘in the field’ testimonies and scenario-based interactives, you can put yourself in the shoes of an aid worker and consider how you might respond to complicated decisions about the reach of aid, funding, responsibility and risk.

Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire is part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, new artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North in 2020. Unlocking the personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to support and care for them, Refugees gives us the space to consider our own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.

 

* Statistic sourced from UNHRC’s Global Trends, Forced Displacement in 2018 report and UNHRC’s Global Appeal 2018 - 2019.

Location

Exterior photograph of IWM North
IWM, IWM North
Address

IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester
M17 1TZ

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