Medinatona was a multi-organization event that was held for the Syrian refugees in Obour, one of Cairo satellite cities in May 2014. This event was designed within the framework of Mini Medina bringing together different project to facilitate the different processes of the children city. The Mini City lasted for five days.
Despite the diversity of the participants, the age/social background differences, the children engaged in the mini Medina dynamics straight away, forming organically the hospital and the police station. There were attempts to build the guest house/hotel and the bank suggested by some of the children previously during the brainstorming session the day before.
During on the brainstorming session, different groups drew the things and places they would like to have in their city.
After the display of each group’s work, drawn on big piece of paper (approx. A2 size) , a vote was taken on which things should be built in the city.
The children decided they need a:
- grocery store/restaurant
- guest house/hotel
- police station.
Collectively the children built the garden, hospital and police station were made.