the men behind the dear world project, robert fogarty and ben reece, traveled to jordanian refugee camps with the relief organization care international and asked syrians to write messages to the world on their arms.
said robert, “i felt like i knew them because i’ve heard stories like these before. longing - that pit of your stomach feeling - is the same in any language. i live in new orleans and…new orleanians described how they missed their city so badly it hurt. syrians said nearly the same things. …you dream about home, your life is on hold and there are clear limits to how you can shape your future for you and the ones you love.”
salam kanaan, director for care international in jordan, said: “the suffering that syrian refugees endure is appalling and heartbreaking. through this project we wanted to highlight the voices of ordinary, innocent men, women and children whose lives have been devastated by this conflict. we hope these pictures with their simple messages make the world sit up and take notice.”
staff at care’s refugee support centres in jordan are working to provide families with urgent relief such as food, clothing and even money for medicine. (to help, click the source or here)
every day at least 4,000 people - and over two million in total - flee syria for saftey. “we have not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago,” u.n. high commissioner for refugees antonio guterres warned last july.