December 3, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
ALEPPO, Syria – An exhibition “Children Draw the War” opened in Syria’s Aleppo which proves that children “even more than adults want peace, want to live, to study, want the have the world free of wars,” a representative of Aleppo’s Administration Rana Yusef said at the opening ceremony.
The event was organized by Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties and by the local Administration.
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“We do not want war,” the exhibition’s participant Mohammad Said told TASS. “We want peace, so that our generation becomes builders, scientists, and doctors.”
A school student Hayat said she has “drawn how parents are sorrowful when their houses are destroyed.”
“I have drawn our school, and there is a flag of Russia, which has helped us,” another participant, Mustafa Deich, explained.
A representative of the Russian Center Alexander Potyanikhin liked a drawing of the Sun: it is about the future. “Some of the drawings already have pigeons, symbols of peace and hope – our hope, the hope of the Syrian children that the peace would prevail here,” Alexander Potyanikhin, a representative of the Russian Center, said.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.