Monday, March 14, 2016

788 But Tell Me, Where Do the Children Play?

This is the first painting of my new endeavor, called The Innocents Project, in which I will paint the innocent children caught up in the tragedy that is the Middle East.  My intention is to raise awareness and funds for the benefit of the children.  This is the Ein El'Hilwen Refugee Camp in Lebanon, southeast of Saida.  It "houses" 120,000 people.  I am working directly with ANERA, American Near East Refugee Aid, on this project and thank them for allowing me to use their photos as references.  They do great work in the Middle East, supplying humanitarian aid to Palestinians and other communities in Lebanon and Gaza.  More details about this project will emerge in the days/weeks/months ahead.   

"788 But Tell Me, Where Do the Children Play?"
acrylic - 12x24 in


After the 1973 October War, ANERA provided $2 million for reconstruction, helping Palestinian refugees like these children.

American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) addresses the development and humanitarian needs of Palestinians and other communities in Palestine and Lebanon.
Through partnerships and close consultation with local groups and communities, ANERA responds to needs with sustainable solutions and also delivers aid during emergencies.

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