Bushehri gallery was the venue of an art exhibition of the works of Iraqi formative artist Haidar Al-Zaeem, who brought attention to the suffering of refugees in many countries around the world, who are seeking a decent living while escaping oppression.

The opening of the exhibition on Thursday was attended by Iraqi minister Mohammad Al-Husseini, Sheikha Suhaila Al-Sabah, Sheikha Um Rakan Al-Sabah, Sheikh Malik Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dr Hussein Al-Harbi, Abdelaziz Al-Enezi and artist Sami Mohammad, as well as members of the European-Arab Organization for Belgian Cultural Exchange.

The atmosphere at the gallery was one of cooperation, forgiveness and appreciation of the humanitarian mission that calls for a world free of wars and suffering. Zaeem struggled from within on how to project this tragic dilemma of endless masses of migrants entering a dark tunnel with the faintest light at the end of it, yet hope remains evident. He concentrated on the human element while explaining the extent of suffering the migrant endures along a perilous journey to freedom and prosperity. The gathering appreciated the work of Zaeem and valued his approach, which is a living expression of a human dilemma.

By Abdellatif Sharaa