Shaharzad Hassan, 8 year-old from the Syrian city of Aleppo, poses with a drawing she made, titled 'Borders of Hope,' at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, on March 11, 2016. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP via Canadian Press)
Shaharzad Hassan, an 8 year-old girl from the Syrian city of Aleppo, poses with a drawing she made at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, on March 11, 2016. The title of this drawing, seen top right, reads "Refugee family." (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP via Canadian Press)Shaharzad, her family and 14,000 others are camped out at Idomeni, on the Greek-Macedonian border — a sprawling, muddy assortment of tents where no one has crossed the border legally for days and conditions have deteriorated following days of torrential rain. One of Shaharzad's drawings, inspired by conditions at the camp, shows refugees waiting in long lines for food and other essentials. It is called "Famine 2016." "Here is a drawing of the famine. This is the bread truck that is distributing to the people, and the cameramen filming the people. And here are the tents with the burning fires (to stay warm)," her father says.
At an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, 8-year-old Shaharzad Hassan draws pictures of the harrowing events in her life over the past 18 months. The title of this drawing, seen top right, reads 'Journey of Death.' (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP via Canadian Press)Hassan, a Syrian Kurd who worked as a taxi driver in Aleppo, sold his cab and moved to the nearby Syrian town of Afrin on the Turkish border, but decided to move on to Europe to try to join relatives in Germany after his money ran out. One of Shaharzad's drawings is of her crossing to Greece, where she witnessed a rescue by the Greek coast guard after another vessel sank in the eastern Aegean Sea. "This drawing shows the journey from Turkey to Greece ... and a sinking boat and a Greek ship saving the people from the sea," her father said.
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