Using the slogan: ART IS PEACE, a group of artists in Aleppo, Syria, organise different art events to distract the people from the war and to gain international attention for their suffering. I got to know these artists in Aleppo in a time without war, and experienced that they live art in a wonderful way. I feel bad about what is happening to my friends now. The blockade of the town makes it impossible to get food and medicine to the citizens. People are dying, from bombs, but even more from the lack of food & medical care. Again, the world watches and tries to make it a 'good guys, bad guys war'. It is a complicated war. Clear is, however, that civilians shouldn't be used as hostages, not by any party and not for any goal. My friends have different religions and opinions, and are united by the idea that freedom lives best in a secular society that has respect for all religions. They fear that this war puts their multi religious society in danger.
These brave artists created a Facebook site where you can follow their activities, please have a look and support them: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=431358016977439&set=a.420426648070576.1073741829.181081178671792&type=3&theater
(The picture I took before the war in a small beduins village, close to Aleppo, Syria, in the middle of the desert. The girls just cut their hair, against all traditions, as a short haired Dutch woman helped the village out with irrigation works)