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Humanity House, Den Haag

Which would you choose; your possessions or your life?

A sobering question scrawled on a door.


Humanity House in The Hague really makes you think about what’s important.

The challenges faced by refugees are significant. Whether they are dispossessed by weather, famine, war or violence.

They may be homeless and vulnerable in a sudden experience or gradually exposed over time.

The house has been adapted to simulate a refugee experience.

An identity pass and travel papers, barking dogs and search lights.


File your papers in hope you’ll be reunited with others after the crisis is over.

The house engages you with the experience of people who are lost in foreign lands. There is border control and intense questions.


More people that may not be safe and sound at Christmas.

I visited this house a few weeks ago and was so struck by the fragile nature of circumstances. How quickly life can be swept away.
It made me very grateful for my family, and the robust life I have.


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