They have shown bombs and destroyed homes, but also of flowers and birds: of the works of Syrian refugees in Turkey are presented in the Strasbourg train station. The exhibition is organized by the world food Programme to better understand the feelings of a refugee. These twelve women, aged twenty to sixty years, followed a short training in linocut, screen printing and patchwork in Turkey thanks to the world food Programme of the united nations, which provides assistance to the most vulnerable of the 4 million refugees hosted by Turkey.
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reproductions of their works are exhibited on the glass exterior of the building of the Strasbourg train station until mid-September, in order to put them “at the height of the architecture of the station,” explains Sylvain Bailly, the operator French railway SNCF, which organizes about a hundred shows per year. On one of the works, Hatice D., 38 years old, has represented the desks of school children to illustrate the courage it took him to go get her son at school after the bombing of a building in Syria.
Emine N., she, did not want to leave Syria when the conflict began and was first moved from Aleppo to the countryside with his family. She has represented bombs transformed into flowers to illustrate the hope of the return of peace.
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most of The quilt with the bright colors are the homes of these women, often destroyed, but remained etched in their memories. “By working with these most vulnerable refugees, we wondered if some of them would like to express something of their experience through the art We have done this also to improve the understanding between the Turkish population and the refugees,” explains Martin Penner, head of communications for WFP in Turkey.
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“It is absolutely amazing what came out of this little training for these twelve women, who had no artistic experience”, he says, speaking of a “narrative in the first person of what it is like to be a refugee and vulnerable”. He said he was pleased that these works are used today to gain a better understanding of the Europeans the “emotional journey” done by these women, between fear, longing and hope. Triggered in 2011, the war in Syria has killed more than 370.000 persons.