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Merry Christmas from Syrian Artists

Written by Nour Al-Ali On 26 December 2013 @ 5:41 am | No Comments

In Citizen Media, Feature, Middle East & North Africa, Photos, Refugees, Syria, Video, War & Conflict, Weblog

Syrian Christians quietly celebrate Christmas as the nation's war enters its forth year, marking a death toll of more than 100,000 people and the displacement of millions to neighboring countries seeking shelter.

With shelter, came a stark winter and a prayer of return, according to an Al Jazeera report [1]

This year, Syria witnessed a great deal of havoc, death [2], and a tremendous [3] amount [4] of [5] kidnappings [6] that left most of its citizens hopeless. This hopelessness [7] can be seen in the works of artists who, at times, express a nation's distress in a single artwork better than a million words.

Depictions of Santa in Syrian Artworks

Emulating kidnappings in Syria, Jawad [8] painted an abducted Santa in ragged clothes, kneeling on his knees at gunpoint:

[Photo source: Art by Jawad Facebook Page]

[Photo source: Art by Jawad Facebook Page]

In another artwork by Anas Salameh [9], Santa's corpse is being carried out of Syria's Al Yarmouk Refugee Camp for Palestinians:

[Photo source: Anas Salameh's Facebook profile]

[Photo source: Anas Salameh's Facebook profile]

Santa is also seen in tears as his gifts arrived a little too late for Syria's martyred children:

Done by Comic4 Syria كوميك لأجل سوريا [Photo Source: Comic4 Syria كوميك لأجل سوريا Facebook Page]

Done by Comic4 Syria كوميك لأجل سوريا [Photo Source: Comic4 Syria كوميك لأجل سوريا Facebook Page]

Here, he sits alongside their graves in mourning:

Artwork by Wissam Al Jazariry [Photo Source: Wissam Al Jazariry Artworks Facebook Page]

Artwork by Wissam Al Jazariry [Photo Source: Wissam Al Jazariry Artworks Facebook Page]

The Holiday Spirit: Jingles, Christmas Trees, and Ornaments

A skit playing off the Jingle Bills Christmas song calls for freedom and the ousting of Bashar Al-Assad. The creator, known as Mogwli Mowgli, has died under torture:

Anwar Al Eissa paints a metaphoric ornament soaked in blood, hanging in a freezer, as if depicting the dire freezing conditions many Syrians are going through this Christmas:

[Photo Source: Anwarts Facebook Page]

[Photo Source: Anwarts Facebook Page]

Amjad Wardeh [10] paints a Christmas tree out of an explosion's aftermath:

Whereas Hani Abbas creates it out of refugee tents:

[Photo Source: Hani abbas cartoon]

[Photo Source: Hani abbas cartoon]

Aleppian artist Mohamad Alweis writes “Merry Christmas” with a snowflake made of mortar shells and missiles, subtly commenting on the 100 barrels that fell over Aleppo this past week:

[Photo Source: Mohamad Alweis's Facebook Profile]

[Photo Source: Mohamad Alweis's Facebook Profile]

However, with darkness arises a flicker of hope and belief in a better tomorrow. Watch as Syrian filmmaker Eyad Aljarod films Saraqeb's children, Muslims and Christians, celebrate Christmas and share their dreams:

Bells 2013 – أجراس 2013 [14] from eyad aljarod [15] on Vimeo [16].

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URLs in this post:

[1] Al Jazeera report: http://m.aljazeera.com/story/2013122561953187675

[2] death: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/24/molhem-barakat-syrias-fallen-teenage-hero/

[3] tremendous: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/10/20/no-mans-land-kidnapping-journalists-worsens-in-syria/

[4] amount: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/11/10/syrian-journalist-abdulwahab-mulla-kidnapped-in-liberated-aleppo/

[5] of: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/11/appeal-to-free-spanish-journalist-and-photographer-kidnapped-in-syria/

[6] kidnappings: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/11/non-violent-activist-razan-zaitouneh-and-her-team-kidnapped-in-syria/

[7] hopelessness: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/10/19/reflections-of-eid-in-syrias-art-scene/

[8] Jawad: https://www.facebook.com/EcExArt

[9] Anas Salameh: https://www.facebook.com/anasqq

[10] Amjad Wardeh: https://www.facebook.com/amjad.wardeh.artwork?fref=ts

[11] #Syria: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Syria&src=hash

[12] pic.twitter.com/ZC3wuM0lp7: http://t.co/ZC3wuM0lp7

[13] December 24, 2013: https://twitter.com/Rehambo/statuses/415553676342591488

[14] Bells 2013 – أجراس 2013: http://vimeo.com/82636139

[15] eyad aljarod: http://vimeo.com/user23671519

[16] Vimeo: https://vimeo.com

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