DARK TO LIGHT:
A Syrian Child's Journey
The Expressive Art of War-Wounded Syrian Refugee Youth
Dark to Light - A Syrian Child’s Journey is an exhibition of expressive paintings on loan to us from injured Syrian refugee children who have crossed the border into neighboring Jordan. There they receive prosthetic rehabilitation services and psychological trauma care.
This exhibit highlights the transformative impact expressive therapy can have on the rehabilitation process of children experiencing multiple traumas. Expressions of both horror and hope, these images reveal a continuum of recovery reflecting powerful emotions the children feel, but often do not have the words to express. Over the course of the therapeutic process the subject matter slowly shifts its focus from dark to light, death to life. As hope emerges it reveals a depth of resilience, courage, and optimism for the future that, if supported, will carry each child through the healing process placing them firmly along the road to recovery.