Migration

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Nakba Triptych

This triptych comprises of three paintings: Nakba, Havoc and Hope, and is telling a story of migration, not only the specifics of forced migration such as the 1947/48 expulsion of Arabs, but the universal and historical fact of continuous human movement across the globe created by conflict and extreme necessity.

 

The images we are allowed to see in the media focus on the end of the journey–refugees in camps, on beaches, freezing in forests or walking across wastelands. Sometimes we are shown the tragic consequences with drowned bodies and emotive pictures such as children’s shoes lying on a beach. 

Much of the media coverage creates a sense of injustice, not for the refugees, but for the receiving country. We are led to feel uncomfortable about people coming to us for help and it can lead to being judgemental and even actively against refugees. 

 

Our government recently tried to make it illegal for lifeboats to rescue immigrants in sinking boats but were forced into a retreat by strength of public opinion. This could have led to lifeboat operators facing prosecution for saving men, women and children at risk of drowning near our shores.

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