Hello people of the world! Light At The End Of The Tunnel is a Syrian refugee story. A few weeks ago, I sat down with a Syrian friend (I am going to call him H in this post for the sake of anonymity) at a coffee shop. We had a very interesting conversation about refugees and the hardships they are going through. H told me a story of another 18-year-old Syrian refugee he knows. This story indeed touched me, as I put myself in the young teenager’s shoes.
The young Syrian refugee is facing a major problem, which has made him feel unwell. He lives in Germany, and his parents live in Syria. He is caught between the uncertainty of being able to see his beloved ones again and the strict travel rules and regulations that are put in place by most countries. Such rules and regulations make the movement of Syrians rather impossible.
The young Syrian refugee fled Syria because of the civil war – violence. He is now a victim of so-called structural violence, as he cannot go back to Syria. Nor can Syrians (including his parents) enter the neighbouring countries anymore.
Even though the problem that the young Syrian refugee is facing does not seem to have an instant or obvious solution, I illustrated my version of an optimistic outcome. The way I picture the solution is not about what happens; rather it is about how we react to what happens. On top of that, I think it is all about how we create hope and success from suffering and misery.
I bet that the young Syrian refugee is not the only case out there. There are many refugees facing the same problem. I really hope that this short story gives some hope for him and those who are away from their beloved ones.
Also, I decided to illustrate the story with this particular style of drawing and colouring, because I really got inspired by the work of this great artist (felicita Sala). Her illustrations are just amazing.
Finally, before I leave you to the story, I would like to share this quote with you:
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King
Here is a video to the story:
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