Today I read a story beautifully written on Syrian refugees by Booker prize winner Richard Flanagan in Guardian. He visits Lebanon, Greece and Serbia to report on the plight of the 5 million Syrians fleeing their country. The story tells how families had to pack and flee their home after ISIS had appeared from nowhere; inexplicable situations which the pen is incapable of describing.
He asked children to draw their homes in Syria and every single of them used dark colours , blue and black. One of them said ” there were no colour left after Daesh came”.
The story ends very touching ; ”Refugees are not like you and me. They are you and me. That terrible river of the wretched and the damned flowing through Europe is my family.”
Read this unique story here;
He has also made a short film in which he shows the pictures of refugee camps in Lebanon. You can watch the video here.