Pat Perry

City of Poets

City of Poets, Sulaymaniyah Iraq, 2018.

In the midst of the first parliamentary elections since the defeat of ISIS, with tangled up political flags strewn across the streets and power lines, youth in Sulaymaniyah helped us craft a message that lifts up the city’s notorious history as the region's center of protest, of poets, and the outcry of human voices, despite intervals of violent persecution. Kids from both Syrian refugee and Kurdish communities painted flags across the wall with their own expressions of peace and tolerance, in hopes of making a permanent public reminder that all voices and opinions are worthy of consideration with adequate and thoughtful regard.

An aptART project in conjunction with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
��: Samantha Robison

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