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Forced to Flee simulation coming to Stride Place

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

And just like that it could all be taken away.

Portage Community Revitalization Corporation’s Local Immigration Partnership is holding a Forced to Flee Simulation at Stride Place with some help from Portage MCC to relate some of the hardships people around the globe may face when forced to pack up and leave their home.

“It’s a workshop to shine a light and create awareness of the strife and hardship people go through when they are forced to leave their communities due to things like drought, famine, war or dictatorship, or other types of natural disasters, says Michelle Cudmore-Armstrong, PCRC local immigration partnership program coordinator. “This allows people to see and feel a tiny minute of the hardships that people deal with in real life like our refugees we’re taking in from other countries.”

Participants will be able to put themselves into the 'shoes' of the displaced people and gain a glimpse into some of the challenges families will face while dealing with the emotional trauma. It will also help those who sign up get ideas on how to engage their own communities in supporting refugees and displaced people.

“Imagine if you lived in Portage la Prairie and the government came in and took over,” says Cudmore-Armstrong. “They said, get out, and you can’t go to Winnipeg because it’s occupied as well so you have to try and get to America with absolutely nothing. It’s all about survival and it is incredibly difficult.”

Cudmore-Armstrong isn’t sure exactly what how the simulation will play out, however it is setfor April 25 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at Stride Place, but she hass been told everyone will be joined together in family groups and will be going through a very interesting process.

Email to register or call Cudmore-Armstrong at the PCRC.204-240-7272.

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