I'll be doing a mural at a Syrian refugee school in Turkey very soon. It's for Zeitouna, a charity focused on the Syrian humanitarian crisis. This doesn't make me an expert on all the dynamics involved in the Syrian situation but so far all the big headlines seem to focus on sensationalizing the destruction of cities and territory. Occasionally reports are about soldiers being killed on either side. Destruction of artifacts and historical monuments. The real story will be about what to do with all the displaced people. Turkey seems to have the most humane camps and seems to take care of them the best compared to the other countries. One third of Lebanon's population, for example, is Syrian refugees. They are contained in horrible living conditions. They are not allowed to vote, and not being incorporated into the general population. The intent seems to be to let them all die in misery slowly over the next ten years. There isn't a plan to deal with them. Wealthy countries accept very very few. Italy is getting practically invaded by refugees from Tunisia and Libya. So many people die trying to escape war than seem to be actively fighting in them. The long term seems to be most will eventually die after a long really miserable life. The thing that really gets to me on top of all this is that the wars are completely stupid and were preventable.
So for my part, I'm making some cats and mice dancing around walls for some kids who deserve so much better.