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Traces of Survival
Author: Tamara Chalabi

ISBN: 9780300218206
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 10 June 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.2 x 25.4 x 1.8

Traces of Survival communicates to the world visually the tragedies that have befallen entire communities in Iraq due to the ISIS onslaught that has left over 1.8 million people internally displaced. The drawings in this book were created by the refugees in three camps in northern Iraq.

Representatives from the Ruya Foundation took simple art materials to the camps - sketch books, pencils, felt tip pens, pastels, erasers and sharpeners - and invited people to tell the world about their feelings and experiences through their drawings and words.

The first camp, near Dohuk, was newly built and sheltered over 4,000 Yezidi families, all refugees from Mount Sinjar. Their participation in the project seemed to be collectively therapeutic and its intensity was extremely moving. Baharka, the second camp, was home to over 8,000 families, mostly from in and around Mosul. Many elderly people were involved, who often chose poetry when images failed them. The third camp, in Ainkawa, was overpopulated and under-resourced. Situated in the gr...

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