On 6th April, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the opportunity to attend an extraordinary event organised by the European Commission in Vilnius. The event, called “EU SAVES LIVES Virtual Reality Experience” will take place in the capital city of Lithuania from 6th to 15th April.
During the event, the EFHR along with other guests had the chance to learn a very interesting topic related to the European Union (EU). The aim of the event is to show visitors how European Union (EU) and other international actors deal with difficult situations such as crises as well as the different methods for protecting human life. Furthermore, guests enjoyed this special experience related to humanitarian aid and civil protection in addition to the use of the latest virtual reality technology.
On 6th April, the event was initiated with the open ceremony. Firstly, ceremony started with welcome words from important representatives of Lithuania. They evaluated the importance of humanitarian aid and the role of Lithuania in several conflicts in which this kind of aid was provided as well as the concern of the potential disasters that can happen due to the climate change. After these welcome words, participants could enjoy the experience of virtual reality. Using virtual reality glasses, participants could see how the EU helps in critical situations (like earthquakes, floods or fires). It is also possible to see how some funds from the EU are sent to refugee camps in non-EU member states (like Bangladesh) where both physical and psychological support are provided to refugees.
The EFHR was very grateful for this invitation and very happy for the opportunity to attend the opening event of this EU virtual reality experience. The EFHR team encourages citizens who are interested in the topic of humanitarian aid to go to this event in order to learn more about what the EU does for providing this kind of support and what to do in case you experience a situation related to a natural disaster. The combination of this interesting topic and the support of virtual reality technologies will make this experience something very unique and special.