Stars and Memories


Huda, a facilitator in a Child-Friendly Space for Syrian refugee children, shows the drawing she made while leading the children in an activity. March 15, 2017, marks six years since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

The past centers on Huda’s life as a teacher in Syria: “It starts out that all is well. Small houses, a school, children. I remember the sounds of children on the playground, their smiles. Then the school is broken.”

"The stars are people in my past who have died," says Huda. "So many people lost. Now they are ... shining in my memory."

In the present: "I am a bee... I must work hard for my hive...my family, the children, my people." 

For the future: "I’m looking for peace, for freedom. I drew [the people] that way to show they are open-minded. To be among them will make me happy." 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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