The exhibition contains thirty paintings and drawings, all done
by children aged between 6 and 16. It has already been seen at
galleries in more than 25 destinations across the UK and also in
France, Germany and USA. The exhibition founders are Rawda Abdel
Kafi Mazloum, a mother of four from the Syrian city of Homs, now
living in a refugee camp in Eastern Lebanon and Baraa Ehssan Kouja
a Syrian refugee living in the UK, the director of "From Syria With
"This is an opportunity for young Syrians to tell their stories through art, and for the visitor to develop a fuller understanding of what Syrian refugees are facing" said Baraa.
The children who created the drawings are all living in 4 small
refugee camps near the Lebanese town of Chtaura in the Bekaa
valley. Lebanon, a country the size of Cornwall, has accepted over
1.5 million refugees from Syria, more than any other country in the
world. In the four camps where Rawda works, around 1100 people live
in 149 tents, among them 270 children. There is some infrastructure
in the camps, and support from a local charity called Al Abrar, but
many needs go unmet. The charity so far has raised over than £31K
from donations and the sale of prints, which has supported hundreds
of families in different ways including Emergencies, Education,
Empowerment and Relief.
Baraa explains "A little money can go a long way in Lebanon. These children are living in very poor conditions with insufficient sanitation, with temperatures dropping below zero at night. Some of them have places in local schools, some not. Most are with their families, at least. One poor boy is from a Palestinian family who fled their original homes in 1947, and had to flee their Syrian homes after the civil war started - he's a refugee twice over!"
Drawings will be on display during usual opening hours at Noa Bakehouse. The framed prints will be on sale for £15 and there is also the opportunity to order unframed prints for £10 which will be available to collect one week after the exhibition closes. 100% of the proceeds goes directly to small scale projects in the Lebanon camps and at displacement points on the Syrian border.
Baraa will also be visiting secondary schools on Monday 3rd. & Tuesday 4th. to give talks about the refugee camps, the Syrian crisis and the children who created these powerful images.
Saturday 1st April: 10.00 to 11.30 invitation only - viewing, presentation and conversation with Baraa Kouja (Founder and Director of FSWL). Caarjyn Cooidjagh will sing in manx gaelic.
2.30p.m. Free Public Presentation - Baraa Kouja. No booking required. Please arrive early!
Sunday 2nd April 10.30a.m. Free Public Presentation - Baraa Kouja. No booking required.
7.30p.m. to midnight - Fundraising Concert, with an address from Baraa Kouja, and opportunity to view the pictures. Concert features The Mollag Band & The Ballaghs. Tickets £10 available from Noa Bakehouse & Shakti Man.
Venue: Noa Bakehouse
Start Date: 28-03-2017 @