HOME DRAW­INGS BY SYR­IAN CHIL­DREN

edited by Ben Quilty, Pen­guin

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Books -

In 2016 artist Ben Quilty and au­thor Richard Flana­gan stopped at a tran­sit sta­tion half­way across Ser­bia. Two hun­dred flee­ing Syr­i­ans piled off a bus ter­ri­fied, de­jected and des­per­ate. While Richard tried to soothe their pain with cof­fee and words, Ben en­cour­aged the chil­dren to draw. That com­pelling art work is pub­lished here in a book that en­cap­su­lates the trauma and emo­tion of the refugee cri­sis.

Clock­wise from above: By Fatema, 11, Jor­dan. By the child of Hani and Fet­teri from Syria, now liv­ing in a refugee camp in Le­banon. By Lubaba Haz­zaa, 16. “The death toll has risen to more than 100,00 peo­ple. How long will the world con­tinue to watch?”

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