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Inaya chose the word “Paix” (=Peace in French). She told me that being in peace is a necessary step to achieve great things. She hopes that her 3 children will grow up in a peaceful world!

 

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Adjapama

“Adjapama” (=Welcome in Fula) was chosen by Ibrahim as he wants everyone to feel welcomed in his home. He and his wife did everything they could to make us feel at home and even cooked traditional food for us while we were painting. It was great fun to paint this first wall in the slum of Kombo in Niger.

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Future

Hassan was a teacher back in Syria. His life changed when the war started and he migrated to Irak, but he still has the same mission. He now teaches geography to teenagers of the refugee camp, and asked me to paint the word “Future”, because the next generation of young Kurds is what he cares about the most. I painted the word on the local school here in the camp where students are about to begin their end-of-school exams.

Kurdistan

Roshenk chose the word “Kurdistan”. She came to Kawergosk Refugee Camp 4 years ago with her family from Dayrik, a city in Syrian Kurdistan, when the civil war reached the region. Roshenk misses her hometown a lot, but she also somehow feels at home here because she is still in Kurdistan. Kurdistan is a large region of the middle east that stretches across 4 countries : Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Iraqi Kurdistan is an autonomous region seeking total independence. It has its own government, police and of course its own army, the Peshmerga, for who Roshenk’s husband Zakaria fights in Sinjar.
Zakaria is away on duty and Roshenk thought that having the word “Kurdistan” painted on their house would be a good surprise for him when he comes back.