Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is set to launch a dynamic and thought provoking exhibition, titled Solidarity for Survival, on 10 May.
According to MSF the exhibition will bring attention on the plight of thousands of people who survive displacement and migration; and come to South Africa in the face of discrimination and healthcare exclusion.
“Solidarity for Survival portrays the plight of African nationals fleeing their home countries and is informed by what MSF has witnessed while providing emergency medical care.
The exhibition seeks to provoke debate and to inspire solidarity with people left most vulnerable in their struggle to access medical care and who face a denial of dignity”, MSF said in a statement.
It said that Solidarity for Survival probes the reasons for people leaving their countries of origin, with a focus on four countries where MSF operates in sub-Saharan Africa, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
It said that every year, violence, the collapse of states and a disintegration of basic services force hundreds of thousands of people to leave their home countries to come to South Africa, and developed countries elsewhere, in the hope of surviving.
“During outbreaks of violence and a denial of access to healthcare MSF responds by providing medical care and bearing witness to the experiences of people in crisis standing in solidarity with the people our medical teams treat”, it said.
MSF said that this was true during the xenophobic violence in 2008, and continues to reflect the daily reality of MSF teams working in Johannesburg’s slums to assist migrants and on the Zimbabwean border area around Musina.
During those times said MSF, their teams witnessed regular harassment, sexual violence, healthcare exclusion and the lack of protection that people experience while seeking refuge in South Africa.
“Solidarity for Survival is an exhibition and a call to action that seeks to inspire collective understanding and responsibility among South Africans to ensure vulnerable migrants do not remain invisible and their healthcare needs ignored”, it said.