A painting soaked in the blood of the child who painted it and a school destroyed by a missile in a never ending story


The painting: war in Syria through the eye of a child

The painting: war in Syria through the eye of a child

Her name is Nouran Srbsby

Her name is Nouran Sebsby

 Pictures from an exhibition

Another painting from the Ein Jalout school in Aleppo

Another painting from the Ein Jalout school in Aleppo











In a school in Aleppo the teachers thought to offer the war children some relief and the chance to express their feelings about the war in their own drawings and paintings. So they arranged an exhibition for them in the courtyard of the school.  But on that deadly day of 30 April, 2014, the army of Basar Al-Assad had plans of their own. The school was hit by a missile which reduced it to rubble, killing more than 17 children and some adults, and injuring many others, most of whom are in critical conditions.

She is in the picture now

She is in the picture now

Nouran Sebsby was one of the children who took part in the exhibition. I saw her painting spattered with blood, being shown on Facebook before I knew she was among the dead children. I gazed at the picture spellbound, horrified. The terror of a child’s clear, instinctive, devastating and piercing vision of the war held me in its grip. So young yet so prophetic and so old, old with the burden of death and blood. When I knew she died in the missile strike, I kept looking at her painting, at the blood which has put the finishing touches to it, blood that might have been her blood. The childNouran saw her own death before it happened and wrote with the brush her own epitaph. Good night Nouran. May the stars shine upon you. I shall say no more. ©Alisar Iram 

A survivor

PS 1:

هل يمكن البحث عن لوحة نوران والاحتفاظ بها لعلها تكون نواة لمجموعة فنية من اعمال اطفال سوريا نحتفظ بها بمتحف يخلد اطفال الثورة نبنيه في سوريا الجديدة 
A friend of mine suggested we try to keep the painting by Nouran Sebsby who died with her friends on the morning of a school exhibition she took part in at Ein Jalout school in Aleppo. She thinks and I agree that it could mark the start of a collection of children art in a museum we dedicate to the children of Syria in the new Syria
PS 2
The children in the  school of the neighborhood of Salah Al Deen, next door, mounted a protest in memory of the murder of Ein Jalut students. The children now in Aleppo paint death, play games of death, yet they know instinctively that it is too early for death to visit them. 
Protest against death

Protest against death


About alisariram

I am an artist, a writer and a researcher. I know Arabic and English . I am interested in music and art of every description. I like to describe myself as the embodiment of a harmonious marriage between two cultures which I value and treasure.
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