The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), will present Safar, a temporary exhibition highlighting the experiences of Afghan refugees following their evacuation in 2021. The exhibition, to be held in MIA Park, opens to the public on 6 October and will be on view until 31 December 2022.
Safar highlights the experiences and stories of Afghan refugees through a collection of videos, photographs, and illustrated stories beginning with a look at Afghanistan's history, the importance of its geographical position at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, its wealth and natural resources, as well as being part of the most important and largest empires, and the basis of civilizations since the Bronze Age.
"The story of the Afghan people is one of resilience in the face of the extreme challenges they experienced during the evacuation. It is an honour to partner with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to shine a spotlight on these moving and inspirational stories, while celebrating Afghanistan’s rich culture and abundant history.”
The exhibition highlights the importance of Afghanistan as a centre of intellectual debate and artistic excellence for thousands of years and addresses the support of Qatar and its bilateral relations with Afghanistan over the past thirty years, as well as its role during the evacuation process in 2021.
Her Excellency Lolwah AlKhater, Assistant Foreign Minister, said: “This powerful exhibition illustrates vividly through firsthand stories what refugees are capable of if given the chance and tools. Qatar is proud of its role in facilitating the evacuation of over 80,000 Afghan and other nationals from Afghanistan. We will continue our efforts to support all Afghans and support projects in Afghanistan in their endeavor towards stability and prosperity.”
During their time in Qatar, Afghan refugees received the support of the Qatar Armed Forces, the Ministry of Public Health; NGOs, members of the civil society, and the private sector, including the Qatar Foundation, Generation Amazing, Olympic Committee, and other sports federations, to ensure their mental health, well-being, and educational needs were met. Children of all ages and adults were also introduced to various art and cultural experiences, during which they could learn various new skills.
Source: Press release
Cover image credit: Museum of Islamic Art
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