Loosing more than just your home.



The migration trauma

Being forced to leave your own home because of war, poverty and persecution causes trauma.
The eradication influences people's lives under psychological terms. Not only does it expound them to danger during their migratory journey but it also causes disorientation in the landing area. Causing migrants to be fragile and unsafe.

In refugee camps the huge number of tents or containers placed in series, together with the lack of communal areas, can cause alienation and disorientation compred to the protection offered by own housing and sympathy of one's communities. In these unstable conditions the opportunity to confront each other and interact is mortified and as a consequence people risk to losing their way and withdrawling into themselves.


Living without a proper dedicated space

If interaction can help relieve the sense of dismay and confusion, it is fundamental to have a place where to meet up. Where can this happen in a refugee camp, if often the only covered closed areas are the containers and tents of which the dimensions are reduced and for private use only?

Where should one meet with friends, play some music or have a chat if outside temperatures reach 40 and there are no areas in the shade to share?

Where should one gather together with the leaders of the community to take decisions on life on the refugee camp, if outside it is raining and the tents are too small and can't host more than eight people in them?

Where should one congregate indoors with children to draw, paint, do any leisure activity in order to lighten up their days?


The need for a social common space

The piazza can be seen as an extension of someone's own house, and can be recognized as an area in which experiences, emotions, feelings and daily activities can be shared in order to help deal with the trauma and confusion due to migration.

As for anyone who lives in a community, a small village, a neighborhood or city, also the people who are now forced to live in refugee camps had the same social habits of meeting up with friends or family, at home, but also outdoors, in a square or a park.

An organized, shared public area can become fundamental whilst trying to regain stability and normality in everyday life.
A recognized place in which people can meet up, establish relationships, read, learn or play is in fact necessary.

In this respect “Maidan Tent” aims to provide these benefits and these common areas. Its organized framework becomes incorporated with the camp providing important additional social gathering areas.

“Maiden tent” meets the need of having an appropriate place where to meet up, being able to work, play and pursue activities sheltered from adverse weather conditions.
Moreover, it intends to provide a location where migrants can free themselves from the daily routine of the refugee camp which can become demoralizing due to prolonged inactivity and boredum.


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