Middle East

In pictures: Children's street art in Iraqi Kurdistan

Children displaced by conflict in Iraq are finding expression in eye-catching street art, as part of a project funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (Echo), and the UN children's charity Unicef.

Painting Outside the Lines, run by the AptArt organisation and Acted relief agency, reveals the young artists' hope for the future, despite the adversity they face.

Image copyright Guillaume Bression
Image caption The art project was run across the Kurdistan region of Iraq in camps for both Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis.
Image copyright Guillaume Bression
Image caption It is estimated half of all the refugees from Syria's civil war are children. Many of them living in very difficult conditions, with limited or no access to schools.
Image copyright Samantha Robison/AptART
Image caption Without education, children risk their futures - and that of their country. This mural in Darakshan refugee camp, Irbil, northern Iraq, says "Knowledge is light."
Image copyright Samantha Robison/AptART
Image caption Education is a common theme in some of the artworks. The text, written in Kurdish and Arabic, says "Knowledge is light" and “Education is the future”.
Image copyright Guillaume Bression
Image caption Ethnic groups that would not normally live in the same communities are now living side-by-side. This mural in this camp means “peace”.
Image copyright Jared Kohler
Image caption Children painted the bricks of this building in different colours. It includes pictures of mosques and churches, representing Muslims and Christians living together.
Image copyright Samantha Robison/AptART
Image caption “I miss the trees and green things”, says Sidra, as she paints flowers on a caravan in Darashakran refugee camp in Irbil.
Image copyright Samantha Robison/AptART
Image caption Syria's civil war shows no sign of ending, but children have not given up hope. This mural means “hope gives wings to humanity”.

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