I cannot see the man at the other side of the dark window. I only hear his loud voice demanding answers. “What is your final destination? How much money do you have? Show me the inside of your wallet!” Again he nearly shouts: “What is your final destination?” I panic. Then I answer quickly: “The Hague, it is The Hague! I just want to go home!”… The above looks like fiction and fortunately, it is. Although my panic attack is genuine. Visiting Humanity House, located within The Hague city center, really got to me.
Humanity House is a so-called experience museum. Part of its building has been shaped like a haunted house. Only in here, you are not a playful funfair visitor chased by friendly ghosts, but a refugee on the run from human violence, poverty and natural disaster. Humanity House is an initiative of the Dutch Red Cross and opened in 2010. Its aim is to raise discussion about humanitarian themes, to enhance understanding and to inspire people to contribute positively to a life in peace and freedom for everybody. Humanity House hosts also several temporary exhibitions and special events. It has a modern museum café and a large and quiet outdoor terrace in the courtyard. Due to its nature, Humanity House is suitable for children aged 10 and older. Children aged 8 – 10 are only allowed in accompanied by an adult.
For me visiting Humanity House really put things in perspective.