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Canadian Museum for Human Rights showcases refugee journeys by sea

A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) looks at the perilous journeys taken by refugees who flee war and and persecution by sea.

A Perilous Crossing opens Thursday at Winnipeg museum

A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights looks at the dangers faced by refugees who flee war and persecution by water. (Courtesy of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights)
 A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) looks at the perilous journeys taken by refugees who flee war and and persecution by sea.
A Perilous Crossing runs until Sept. 25 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. (Courtesy of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights)

A Perilous Crossing opens to the media on Thursday at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The exhibit was developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax with the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa and with the co-operation of Doctors Without Borders, said a CMHR release.

The exhibit tells the story of Doctors Without Borders's search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, where more than a million migrants and refugees crossed in 2015, according to the CMHR.

More than 3,600 people lost their lives on these voyages that year, the museum added.

The exhibit includes life-jackets worn by children who were rescued by Doctors Without Borders, as well as a plastic compass that served as the only navigation tool aboard an overcrowded inflatable boat carrying 118 people.

A Perilous Crossing runs until Sept. 25 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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