PARENTS ARE OUR HOMELAND :: “In the lead up to World Refugee Day, we are painting in different cities across Iraq with host communities, internally displaced people and those seeking refuge from war in neighboring countries. Here in Sulaymaniyah we asked kids from both Syria and Iraq what they would like to paint. They suggested a variety of animals including bears. To pay tribute to the strength of parents protecting their children, I painted a bear emerging from a waterfall carrying its cub. Along the wall children from Syria and Iraq painted messages of hope and happiness. While many people are no longer in their homelands, the painting serves as a reminder that we all have a homeland in our parents.” – @aptarts . ✨🙏🏼Thank you to @aptarts@unhcr_iraq @montanacans . 📷Photo credit: @samystan .