New Syrian comic book aimed at helping those in need


There’s no denying the tragedies that countless Syrians have faced as of late. War and political unrest have ruined so many lives and forced thousands of innocent human beings to seek refuge in other countries. A silver lining in this whole ordeal, if you can possibly call it that, is actually comic book if you can believe. Haawiyat is a new Syrian comic aimed at children affected by the conflict and all the hardships that have accompanied it.

The comic will be fairly short at eight pages long and will be published in Arabic with a color cover. As well, it will contain popular Syrian folktales such as The King’s Daughter’s Earring, The Miller and the Two Djinn and The Story of the Five Cakes, aimed to remind the reader of home. The creators of the book include Rob Croonenborghs, Jim Shaw, Joseba Morales, Mexi Gremillion and Ursula Murray Husted. Taylor Hastings is the letterer and Farrah Hamza is the translator for the comic.

Project leader David Lewis spoke about the book saying, “If I was a doctor, I would pick up my medic bag. If I was a soldier, I would pick up a weapon. I am a professor, a comic writer, and a father.  I am helping where I can, how I can. Children are scared, disoriented, and feeling lost. We have to give them hope” and that “this is phase one of a grand plan. We want to reach more kids in more places with phase two.”

Each tale was specifically chosen to be relevant to current issues children are most likely dealing with but without triggering any recent experiences of trauma.

The comic will be distributed initially in Northern Syria and Turkey in February.

Via: Bleeding Cool

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Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.