Visions of hope

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Last week, I visited the Baobab refugee centre in Rome as part of The 19 Million Project – a gathering of journalists, designers, digital strategists, coders and humanitarians from around the world with a focus on developing innovative ways of storytelling around the refugee crisis.

The women, men and children I met there were full of hope and joy, anxiety and frustration. Their journey has been long, dangerous and frightening. But the people I spoke to are inspired to continue by the promise of a better life.

The beautiful artwork at this centre – by several artists including Alice Pasquini – is inspired by the hopes and dreams of people like us who just want the right to live in peace.

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