Their Ghosts Will Judge Us: A Plea for Peace in Syria
mixed media on canvas
18″ x 24″
This image of the Syrian woman with the dove is not any specific person I had seen in photos, but to me, she is the face of Syria. Her ephemeral visage symbolizes the humanity—the beauty, the kindness, and the basic dignity—that have been sacrificed on the front lines of this conflict.
The jagged shapes in the background symbolize the pain that has been inflicted on an entire population, and the shrapnel of barrel bombs. The woman’s face is pallid and ghostly, a specter of Syria’s former visage.
Still, I nurture as always an ember of hope. Amid the barbed wire winding its way through the background, Syria’s resilient jasmine vines still bloom with each year’s cycle of spring. They bloom amid death and destruction, creeping up from the ground and entwining the rubble.
The dove reminds us that even in our darkest hour, we must somehow find our way back to peace. Yet the silent eyes of Syria cast an accusatory gaze on our indifference, because with each passing day, more innocent people are dying. The ghosts of Syrian men, women and children are pleading with us to find a resolution to this barbaric war.