Dark to Light: A Syrian Child's Jurney
Old Truman Brewery, London
This past August UK Based charity Find A Better Way funded the Sir Bobby Charlton Centre for Support & Rehabilitation in Amman, Jordan. This state of the art centre offers a fully equipped facility for the Polus Center and Asia Development Training to continue the humanitarian work of providing prosthetic rehabilitation and trauma therapy services to hundreds of war wounded Syrians since the conflict began.
As part of the PTSD trauma support program, patients participate in a variety of cognitive and expressive therapies. Dark to Light: A Syrian Child's Journey, is an evocative and revealing exhibition of this work and is on display from October 5-15 at the Truman Brewery in London.
The work is part of a larger experiential photography exhibition I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See, by Find A Better Way ambassador and award winning humanitarian photographer, Giles Duley. His work tells the stories of refugee families and documents the true cost of conflict. Each evening Duley offers an invitation to participate in the conversation. Through music, poetry and art, he brings people together to share a meal, and engage in community. He is narrator and guide as he shares a series of powerful photographic images and tells the stories behind them.
It is in this context, in a quiet room off to one side, that the children's paintings can be witnessed "These paintings tell you things that no photograph can ever tell you" says Duley - their messages of grief and hope heartbreakingly clear. Together these exhibits inspire action and celebrate the human spirit.
At the opening of the exhibition Sir Bobby Charlton, founder of Find A Better Way, cuts the ribbon to the children's gallery and lingers in front of each image. It is through his keen interest in helping those affected by landmines that the exhibition has been sponsored and brought to London.