Aeham created this image for Refugee Week 2020.
Aeham is a client on our Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP). The programme is run with World Jewish Relief and is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
“Hi my name is Aeham, I was born in Syria and I moved to the UK as a refugee when I was 17 years old. I’m 19 now.
I started drawing when I was 12 years old. I was always the best at art in my school but there wasn’t many opportunities to improve my skills. When I moved to Jordan I took a course but it only lasted one month, so I mostly developed my skills through YouTube videos.
I’m a college student now studying Level 1 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) but in the future I want to get to university to do Art and Design.
This piece reminds me of the difficult times and the way that my people in Syria are suffering because of the war. People need to see drawings like this so that they can be reminded and educated about what the refugees in the UK have gone through and what so many people are still going through now.
It is not an easy thing to think about all the time, but it reminds me that the journey I have taken to be here has to be worth it. It inspires me to work harder so I can help my family, my people and my country in the future.”