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Experience life as a refugee in Richland Library’s ‘My Life’ empathy lab

A guest takes part in one of Richland Library’s Empathy Labs.
A guest takes part in one of Richland Library’s Empathy Labs. Richland Library

With discussions of undocumented immigrants, the border wall and national security making headlines across the country, Richland Library wants to take a closer look at life through the eyes of a refugee.

Throughout January, the My Life Experience Empathy Lab is using virtual reality technology, so local residents can see what more than 68 million people face worldwide, according to the United Nations.

In this immersive and emotional experience, “We Wait” transports participants into the heart of the refugee crisis. You’ll travel alongside a terrified Syrian family who are crossing the sea, sharing their hopes and fears. "We Wait" is based on BBC News interviews with migrants.

The My Life Experience Empathy Lab is free and open to the public. It's tailored toward an adult audience. In the coming months, the My Life Experience Empathy Lab also plans to focus on the issues of criminal justice and sexual assault. Go to richlandlibrary.com for more details.

The lab is traveling across the Richland Library system as follows:

▪ Jan. 22: 10 a.m.-noon, Northeast location, 7490 Parklane Road.

▪ Jan. 24: 2-4 p.m., North Main location, 5306 North Main St.

▪ Jan. 28: 5-7 p.m., Ballentine location, 1200 Dutch Fork Road.

▪ Jan. 29: 2-4 p.m., Cooper location, 5317 North Trenholm Road.

▪ Jan. 31: 2-4 p.m., Wheatley location, 931 Woodrow St.

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