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4th Street Hosts Doctors Without Borders

September 6, 2007


Representatives of Doctors Without Borders, internationally known for its emergency assistance work, will join the premiere of 4th Street Forum's sixth season to examine how Wisconsin residents can help the world's more than 33 million refugees on Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV-10 and MPTV-HD) Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 p.m.

They are Unni Karunakara, a member of the group's board and an aid worker, and Kelly Grimshaw, a registered nurse. Both have worked with people displaced by wars, epidemics and other disasters in countries such as Angola, Azerbaijan, and Uganda.

The 4th Street Forum program will be taped the day before the MPTV premiere. It will be open to the public and take place at Turner Hall, 1034 N. 4th St., on Thursday, Sept. 13, at noon.

Doctors Without Borders is setting up a replica of a refugee camp at McKinley Park on Milwaukee's lakefront Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The free exhibit recreates the structures and materials found in a real refugee camp. Guided one-hour tours will be available. The exhibit is part of a tour visiting several major cities.

Two local panelists will participate in the discussion of help for refugees. They are Dr. James J. James, director, American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster; and Faria Raghe, a translator at the International Institute of Wisconsin who has political asylum here from Somalia.

Doctors without Borders, founded in 1971, has become known for doing extraordinary work in dangerous places. The international, independent medical and humanitarian organization has provided aid in more than 70 countries and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

4th Street Forum programs are taped live on Thursdays and broadcast the following evening. The one-hour programs premiere on MPTV-10 and MPTV-HD on Fridays at 10 p.m. and repeat on MPTV-36 Sundays at 3 p.m.

4th Street Forum is a project of the Milwaukee Turners in cooperation with Milwaukee Public Television. The goal of 4th Street Forum is to foster public discussion on a wide range of issues and to encourage participation in public affairs. Denise Callaway, Jack Murtaugh, and Enrique Figueroa serve as moderators for the series. Bill Werner is the MPTV producer.