OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
OPEC bulletin 10/17
Students from six local Austrian schools — along with
other visitors — attended the exhibition at the OFID
headquarters in Vienna. The event built on the success
of last year’s
Long Day of Flight
exhibition, which high-
lighted the dangerous journeys endured by refugees.
This year’s exhibition focused on the trials and tribu-
lations faced by refugees who choose to settle in Austria.
Information about Austria’s Traiskirchen refugee camp
was on offer — along with recorded sounds of the camp
played through loudspeakers, and tents and camp beds,
to help create amore realistic atmosphere—and visitors
were invited to put themselves in the shoes of a refugee
arriving at the camp after a long, dangerous and painful
Visitors also learned about Austria’s history of pro-
viding safe refuge and gained insight into the asylum
application process, which can often prove challenging
for non-German speakers.
In line with this, attendees were invited to play
a game produced by non-governmental institution
Amnesty International, which aimed to highlight the dif-
ficulties in achieving a shared goal without being able
to communicate properly — only gestures were allowed
as players attempted to build a bridge together against
The highlight of the exhibition was a presentation by
Samer Amin, a refugee from Syria.
is 27 and comes from a city called
Idleb in northern Syria. He spoke with visitors to OFID’s
‘Long Day of Flight’ exhibition and answered a number
of questions about refugee life …
Samer Amin shares his experiences of fleeing from Syria.
What was life like before the war broke
I had a happy but difficult childhood. My family has a
little farm with cows. Besides that I went to a small local
school where my father was teaching. My elder siblings
were studying at the university in Idleb. Life was good
until one of my brothers had an accident in 2004 and as
a consequence became blind.