Invocation of the “Ceased Circumstances Cessation Clause”: Is Rwanda Fundamentally Altered Enough?
This posts builds on "Iraq's Starving Artists," an essay and review I wrote for The Mantle that highlights and reviews the work of 27 Iraqi artists living as refugees in Syria. In this post, I take a more intimate approach to the subject at hand. Below you will find a slideshow of some of the work on display in the exhibition Artists in Exile: Forgotten Iraqi Refugees in Syria as well as a short video of some of the art work.
We read the headlines and are told the news. Endless death tolls, violence, poverty and war. We watch the commercials on television pleading for our help. It all seems so far away and so very easy to dismiss. We take our national security very seriously. We’re fighting a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, to bring peace and security to the forefront. Day after day and month after month, we see our soldiers sent home in caskets and we witness the aftermath and devastation. Still, the West seems largely unmoved by the ongoing tragedy and crisis.