Nearly half of Syrian refugees are children who have fled their war-torn home country since 2011. As these children and their families make the harrowing journey across the Middle East and Europe in search of safety, people around the world have forgotten that they are more than just refugees. In an attempt to humanise their plight, Oğuzhan Cin, an artist based in Istanbul, uses real press photos from inside the war zone to illustrate the ways the war has corrupted the lives of children.
“The intervention into the lives of innocent people and the killing of children who have done no sin made a huge impression on me,” Cin was quoted as saying.
He starts each piece with a genuine press photo. Using playful yellow lines, he draws normal life onto the photos of rubble, destroyed buildings and social decay. According to Cin, this is his way of showing the public what normal, everyday Syrians have lost as a result of the war.