During the Syrian Civil War, a picture was taken of three busses propped vertical in the ruins of a city square to provide cover against snipers. Artist Manaf Halbouni created this artwork, called Monument in the historic city center of Dresden. The importance of this work being placed in Dresden shows how war greatly alters the innocent, just as the controversial bombings of Dresden in 1945. The Monument greatly alters Dresden’s city square, but forces a passerby to inspect it. On the underside of the busses there a letters written in pleas to end war. The most moving was a poem in German from the perspective of a Syrian refugee saying in summary “we have shelter, we have food, we have safety, we are content.”
The Syrian Civil War is controversial on a political level as certain countries aid opposing sides. But the issue of what to do with the many Syrian refugees is often what people debate. What is easy to forget is that people just like myself, my family, my friends are fleeing and desperately looking for safety. Their home is now a ruin, many of their family and friends are dead, and the the world often complains who should have to offer these refugees who have lost everything, safety. My perspective will be forever changed standing in a city square that was once a ruin full of death, that is now a symbol of hope and rebirth, and seeing the Monument which represents the loss of life in another war torn country.