FM unveils the “Safar” exhibition to highlight the journey of Afghan refugees

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and President of Qatar Museums HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani at the unveiling of the exhibition.

Doha: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani yesterday unveiled “Safar”, a temporary exhibition organized by the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA ), highlighting the experiences of Afghan refugees after their evacuation in 2021. The exhibit is on view at MIA Park until January 24, 2024.

In 2021, after the collapse of the Afghan government led to the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, the world raced to evacuate thousands of Afghan citizens and displaced foreigners. Safar sheds light on 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 natural wealth and resources, as well as being among the most important and largest empires, and the basis of civilizations since the Bronze Age.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, President of Qatar Museums, attended the official inauguration of Safar along with several senior government officials.

Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the participants at the opening ceremony of the exhibition and thanked all the local and international partners who contributed to the success of the evacuation. He expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defence, Government Communications Office, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Ministry of Sports, Qatar Olympic Committee, Association Qatar Football Association, Doha Film Institute, Education Above All, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Charity, Qatar Red Crescent, Qatar Museums, Qatar Television and Qatar Airways for their collective efforts during the evacuation process.

In his opening speech at the ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted Qatar’s role in the success of one of the largest air evacuation operations in history, highlighting the concerted efforts of all authorities concerned in the country to facilitate the safe evacuation of more than 80,000 Afghan citizens. and foreign nationals. He spoke of Qatar’s role in the rehabilitation of Kabul airport, which has helped facilitate the movement of people, essential goods and humanitarian and development aid.

The Deputy Prime Minister also said that these extensive efforts, embodied in the Safar exhibit, affirm Qatar’s commitment to bilateral and multilateral work, particularly global humanitarian efforts. He noted that the expo also serves as a model for collective action at the international level, providing a solid foundation for large-scale cooperation in the future.

Sheikh Mohammed reiterated Qatar’s commitment to its humanitarian responsibilities towards Afghanistan and its firm stand in support of the Afghan people and their right to live with dignity and to achieve reconciliation and peaceful coexistence without exclusion or discrimination and building a bright future for present and future generations. He expressed Qatar’s aspiration for continued support from the international community to the Afghan people at this critical juncture to ensure their security, stability and development.

Sheikha Al Mayassa, said: “The story of the Afghan people is one of resilience in the face of the extreme challenges they faced during the evacuation. It is an honor for Qatar’s museums to partner with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to bring these moving stories to light, while celebrating Afghanistan’s rich culture and abundant history.

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