We Were Strangers Too

Refugee Crisis by Alejo Porras

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Artist Statement

"The refugee crisis was created by violence in Afghanistan, poverty in Kosovo, but mainly because of military conflict in Syria. By April 2015, about 4 million people have fled the country according to Amnesty International UK (https://www.amnesty.org.uk/worlds-deadliest-sea-crossing-mediterranean). Amnesty also said "The current conflict in Syria has caused the worst humanitarian crisis this century". I believe it's true and we should help. A photo of a drowned child on a Greek shore was a wake up call for the rest of the world, as many were ignoring this or not realizing the huge proportions of it. That photo struck me with a deep sadness for the difficulties these people are going through while pursuing that glimpse of hope in the horizon, and with anger for the injustice, the violence and the cruelty of the people who created this conflict on the first place. It's hard enough to leave your country. Add to that running away from it knowing you have no home to come back, no place to stay, no certainty at all, and fearing for your life and the life of your loved ones. I wish for these people to find refuge, for countries and goverments to open their arms and receive them and for people to realize that we can all help in some way. I made this illustration while struggling with all this feelings. I was reading about all the people who died in the Mediterranean Sea and it felt like they were fleeing from war but somehow war chased them. Like they were running away from a storm, but they were caught up in turbulent waters. Like there seems to be no hope, but they keep swimming anyway because they can see an intermittent light at the distance. I hope we can be a light for them in this dark times they are going through." - Andr?s Porras

I'm a creative illustrator originally from Costa Rica, currently living in Savannah, GA, USA. I wanted to learn all the languages in the world so I learned to draw, because images speak all languages. That's why I became an illustrator: to create conversations, guide people to tell stories through illustration and enable people to connect with others, no matter the language they speak.

About We Were Strangers Too

We Were Strangers Too is a collection of designs showing how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is. Proceeds support the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.