Illustration is an effective way to convey a number of important messages about the 'refugee crisis'. It is worrying that refugees have been dehumanised, demonised and are regarded as a growing problem. I use reportage illustration to highlight the day to day challenges refugees face and to provide an introduction to the individual narratives of those living in Cardiff.
These drawings were created at the Oasis Refugee Centre in Cardiff and Alyth Synagogue in London. The Oasis Refugee Centre, founded in 2008, supports and provides services to help refugees and migrants today. This includes a daily lunch for hundreds of people that have come from all over the world. Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Mali, Congo, Eritrea and Syria to name but a few.
Alyth Synagogue has a monthly refugee gathering providing food and relaxation in a safe environment. Ever since the establishment of the synagogue, the Rabbis, members of the congregation and volunteers have been helping with the needs of refugees. From the 1930s all the way through to the present day. Nazi Germany, Hungary, Bosnia, Syria. It seems there has been a refugee problem everyday of every year.
There are so many stories and things I could talk about but I just hope that these drawings will speak for themselves and help empower a community of people, who perhaps don't have a voice.