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Rubble Graffiti Livens Homs

Artist mixes contemporary art forms with traditional messages of hope
Rubble Graffiti Livens Homs

Graffiti painted on the rubble in Homs has been circulated on the Lens Young Homsi Facebook pages.


Artist and media activist, Waem, with Kurdish roots, has told Zaman al-Wasl that she tries to send a message with his work that owners of demolished buildings are still here, and those that  left will return soon.


Using a contemporary medium, Waem relies on famous Arabic expressions and songs in inscriptions she inscribes on the rubbles. Phrases include '"We will be back one day" and "Homs longs for her sons."


Homs, the third largest-city in the country, was one of the first to join the revolt against the the regime of Bashar Assad more than two years ago.


Syria's armed forces battered rebel-held parts of Homs city over the last three days, using air strikes, shelling and ground offensives, that have prompted the opposition to issue a desperate plea for foreign military intervention.


The 27-month-long conflict has now claimed more than 100,000 lives, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. Meanwhile, Assad’s forces, backed by militants from Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah, have made creeping gains in recent months.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer


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