June 12, 2011 by Liz · Comments Off
For a month now we've posted mid-week photos titled “In a Word,” and we've received some great feedback from you guys.
We want you to know that these aren't just pretty pictures, they're tools to help as all build an understanding of Iraq through the artists who live here.
We know you care about the future of Iraq, the kids and the training of nurses and doctors, but we want to offer you even more perspectives.
So here are 3 reasons we believe “In A Word” matters:
1. Images can be used to promote peace.
“Peace is waged when a child is served, a voice is heard, a story is told, a dialogue is created, and a community is engaged.”
We're waging peace when we LISTEN to and TELL a story about Iraq, kids with CHD, local healthcare, local solutions (i.e. politicians, donors, doctors, etc.), Muslim and Eastern perspectives, Christian and Western perspectives, the war, etc. These photos give us the opportunity to engage another community. They tell stories and create dialogue.
They're opportunities for us to understand.
2. We live among the people here.
We work with them, care for them, argue with them – we love them. And many of you have expressed interest in what those things look like here, so “In A Word” is our way of helping you visualize our day-to-day. It helps our families, friends and supporters 'come around', and for a few seconds, that makes us feel like you aren't an ocean away.
3. It's a platform for artists.
These Iraqi and Kurdish artists are unsung heroes, and their work deserves to be showed off and shared. They show their people that beauty can bring hope and truth in the midst of devastation.
“In A Word” is a forum – a sounding board – where artists can show off their work and prove emphatically: we're here, and we're talented.
Do you have any photos that you'd like to submit for an “In A Word” midweek post? If so send to email@example.com, subject “In A Word”
|Liz Jones is PLC's copy editing intern. For everything you've read on our site this summer, odds are she's read it at least thrice (or more). When not absorbed in her editing, she can be found reading every article on Copyblogger and doing horse gymnastics. Wait, you don't know what horse gymnastics is?! Click here immediately. Also her Twitter: @liz_bentley.|