Doctors In Dallas

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Seriously, you do not know enough about Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières just from watching ER or listening to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Actor Goran Visnjic undoubtedly offered a commanding (and, yes, really attractive) look at the organization and those involved during the show's 10th season, but it just isn’t enough to fully appreciate what those doctors are really doing out there. Now, because we sort of freak out on personal accounts and expert lectures, we’re pretty excited about all the events Doctors Without Borders has going on in Dallas this week.

Tonight, Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies is delving into humanitarian aid in a live discussion with Nicolas de Torrenté, who's the executive director of Doctors Without Borders in the U.S., nurse Jennifer Vago and Dr. Hansel Otero. Consider this a glimpse into the experiences of a real-life Dr. Kovac. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station. But the hands-on event is tomorrow, when Doctors Without Borders turns Flag Pole Hill into .. a refugee camp.

The organization has done it elsewhere in recent years -- in Central Park, for example, only last year. And before coming to Dallas it's held similar events in Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and Houston. So read about it in our paper version and then go see for yourself what it’s like to be in A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City. The camp will be set up through Sunday and hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Normally, Unfair Park isn’t the go-to for things to do, but in this case we have to suggest you take the opportunity to rub shoulders with an organization that not only won the Nobel Peace Prize but has topped 70 in the number of countries it aids on a daily basis. Dallas, we don’t want to scare you off, but these events may actual help your … character. And there's always the slim chance you run into Norah Jones' mom. --Merritt Martin


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