On June 13, 2023, Tzu Chi USA hosted a grand opening ceremony for a global refugee relief exhibition called “Uprooted: Compassion After Displacement.” Taking place at the Tzu Chi Center for Compassionate Relief in New York City, where the exhibition is housed, the event brought in visitors from near and far—including Türkiye.
Addressing the audience in the morning program was Tzu Chi Turkey Director Faisal Hu. Reflecting on the importance of the exhibition, he explained that “what this exhibition embodies is the spirit of love; the opposite of love is indifference, lack of sympathy.” Like many others, his hope is that the contents of the exhibition humanize the experience of refugees.
To this end, the exhibition also includes artwork from students at the Tzu Chi-founded El Menahil International School in Istanbul, Türkiye. There, all children enrolled are refugees of the Syrian Civil War. On display at the Tzu Chi Center are their illustrations, revealing the depth, darkness, but also light of their experience.
Faisal explains, “what these children’s drawings reflect is, if you see the wall from the bottom to the top from a distance, these drawings give you the feeling of bleakness and mist. However, when you look from bottom to the top you can see the colorful drawings bring you the feeling of hope.”
Have a peak at the opening ceremony in our latest video.
Special thanks to Darla Silva (Chief Program Officer of UNICEF USA), Isabela Cunha (Partnerships Specialist at UNICEF), Angel Gottlieb (Communications Coordinator at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs), Winnie Greco (Special Advisor to the NYC Mayor, Director of Asian Affairs), and Freeman Su (Executive Director of Tzu Chi USA Northeast Region).
Learn all about the #UprootedExhibition, including visiting hours and location, at https://tzuchicenter.org/exhibits/uprooted-compassion-after-displacement.