The worst affected in the Syrian civil war, which has been going on for over four years now, are children who have had to leave their houses, friends, schools, and most of all their childhoods behind, and flee to refugee camps in other countries in order to save their lives. One such girl, Fatima, narrates the dreadful story of her journey from one refugee camp to another taken on a boat that doesn’t let her sleep peacefully.
In a short film made by Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman and illustrator Jenny Svenberg Bunnel, Fatima tells the story through her drawings. “Once I dreamt I fell from the ship. Then I woke up and was very afraid. Then I couldn’t sleep anymore,” she says.
Fatima, with her mother, first flee to Lebanon and when the situation there became intolerable, the two left for Libya on an overcrowded boat, writes Wennman. A pregnant woman gave birth to a still baby on the boat and it was thrown into the sea. The little girl could not let go of the horrific sight from her mind.
She also talks about her friend Rana, whom she misses, and the school she attended that was taken away by people she doesn’t know “what they are called but… they are green and black and dark green”.
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“Now Fatima lives in the city of Norberg in Västmanland. She goes to school and loves to draw. Through her drawings, Fatima shows her memories from Syria and her journey to Sweden,” writes Wennman.
Last year, the photojournalist went on a tour to Europe and Middle East and clicked pictures of Syrian children of war, the photos were widely shared on social media.