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Fake soldiers swarm press conference to illustrate campaign

UNHCR tries to show journalists what life is like for refugees

Fake soldiers swarm press conference to illustrate campaign

Rome, November 12 - Fake soldiers armed with weapons swarmed a press conference Monday to drive home to journalists the plight of refugees. The stunt, on the sidelines of the Rome Film Festival, was designed to draw attention to the campaign "Routine is Fantastic" promoted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Actors from the Dell'Argine Theatre Company posed as soldiers and refugees to draw attention to the campaign, which includes testimonials from Italian actor and film director Ricky Tognazzi, and comedian Dario Vergassola. "We wanted to revive those moments to make it clear to journalists in the room what it means to be a refugee," said Laura Boldrini, a spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Italy.

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