Messages of hope for Australian bushfire survivors from Syrian refugees

By CARE Australia February 13, 2020 37 comments

There are no kangaroos in Syria or Jordan, but nine-year-old twin brothers Anas and Ayman couldn’t stop thinking about the Australian animals and people affected by the ongoing bushfires.

Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Anas and Ayman first heard about the out-of-control bushfires that have ravaged Australia in their CARE art therapy classes – sessions which help displaced children deal with the trauma of losing their homes.

Seeing the images of destruction in Australia reminded them of what is going on in their homeland, and they immediately felt a connection with the Australian people and wildlife who are suffering. They knew they had to do something to help.

“Can we do something about this?” Ayman asked his CARE psychological counsellor. “I’m so sad to see this.”

Ayman and Anas decided to draw pictures to cheer up the families and children affected by the devastation. Together with other refugee children, they created these drawings and paintings, and CARE Australia sent them to primary schools and community organisations in bushfire-affected areas of Australia.

“Many generous Australians have donated to our Syria relief efforts over the years,” said CARE Australia’s Humanitarian and Emergency Response Manager Rachel Routley, “So it’s great to be able to send that message of support back the other way too. Hopefully during this difficult time it brings some comfort to know that people all over the world are thinking of them.”

Ayman and Anas know what it is like to be without a home, and they hope that the crisis in Australia comes to an end very soon, so that those who have lost their houses can rebuild and get their lives back on track again.

“It is unbelievable how fires could go for weeks,” Anas said. “I hope it rains a lot.”

In the meantime, their drawings have arrived in schools across affected regions of Australia, and their story has even been featured on the ABC.

Anas, Ayman, and all the children who sent love to Australia are a part of CARE’s psychosocial counselling programs in Jordan. You can support programs like this by donating to our Syria crisis appeal.

37 Comments Leave new

Maria Elena Chidzey Feb 17 2020 at 11:02

Dear Anas, you may like to know that it has been raining, a lot, thank you to you, Ayman and all your friends for your beautiful drawings and your good wishes and prays, it seems to have worked.

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Debbie Claridge Feb 17 2020 at 10:02

Thank you so much for your lovely drawings and good wishes. We are trying to make sure we care for the injured animals and help protect them in the future from such terrible fires. From my family to your family best wishes for a safe and happy life ahead. Debbie Claridge

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Yvonne Baker Feb 16 2020 at 05:02

Thank you Ayman and Annas. Your compassion has touched our hearts. Bless you both.

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Nea Gyorffy Feb 16 2020 at 04:02

Thank you for your lovely pictures of Australian native animals who have recently been impacted by wildfire. The pictures are very good. It was very heartening to receive them. There are many animals who have survived the fires and have very caring people looking after them. There are many who are still in the wild who are having food dropped by aircraft so they have food to eat until the land can recover and grow again. I hope your situation is getting better too.

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Barbara Pelczynska Feb 16 2020 at 04:02

Thank you very much to all young people in Syrian Refugee Camp for caring about Australia's wildlife - it gives me hope for the future, very best wishes to all of you

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Cat Clare Wright Feb 16 2020 at 07:02

Thank you for your drawings for us in Australia.

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Kerry Capelli Feb 14 2020 at 05:02

Thank you.....I hope the rest of world hears about your compassion and is able to relieve your hardships too. I pray daily for peace world wide... It would be nice for it to come sooner rather than later. Every blessing to you all.

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Patricia & Bill Hucker Feb 14 2020 at 05:02

Thank you, your drawings are wonderful, full of humanity and uplifting for us here in Australians. We wish you and your families well. xx

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Heth Feb 14 2020 at 04:02

To Amman, Anas and all of your friends who created this beautiful picture. I’m sure the children in fire ravaged areas here in Australia, will love it. You show such compassion, even though your lives are in such turmoil. ☀️My heart goes out to you, and I hope that you can return to your homes safely, very soon. Bless🌈

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Peter Arvier Feb 14 2020 at 03:02

Ayman and Anas, what wonderful art work. The world is a better place because of young people like you.

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Gill Feb 14 2020 at 03:02

Could there ever be a stronger lesson in empathy and humanity? Thank you Anas and Ayman, your pictures are fantastic.

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Heather Feb 14 2020 at 03:02

Dear Ayman & Anas and all of your friends who have reached out with love to Australia and our precious animals. You are so precious too.

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Eric and Judy Feb 14 2020 at 02:02

Thank you Anas and Ayman for the beauty and joy you have given us in Australia.

Our prayers are with you and your families.

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Janette Allen Feb 14 2020 at 02:02

To co-opt a phrase; 'how beautiful are the hands of those who create loving messages'! My heart is warmed - thank you, Ayman and Anas, for your beautiful messages and the care that is behind them. May you find homes very very soon. Bless you.

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Ian Laws Feb 14 2020 at 02:02

Ayman and Anas and all of the other children your picture and words of hope and kindness for people here in Australia is deeply touching, after all the hardships you have seen in your life it is truly wonderful to see how much you care for others who have suffered hard times, you set a wonderful example for everybody with your compassion and thoughtfulness. Blessings to you and all of the other children.🧡🧡🧡🧡

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Janice Deans Feb 14 2020 at 02:02

Thankyou for your messages of care for the The Australian animals, plants and people. Your respect and understanding for the struggles that humanity faces at various times is deeply appreciated.

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Carmel Cowan Feb 14 2020 at 01:02

Thank you dear children of Syria. Your beautiful and thoughtful response to those people and animals who’ve suffered in Australia’s devastating bushfires is an inspirational example of what true humanity should be like.

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Greg Fitzgerald Feb 14 2020 at 01:02

Thankyou boys,you BOTH have great hearts

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Clare Lazenby Feb 14 2020 at 01:02

Thank you for your understanding of our sadness and loss. We in Australia are thinking of you and sending you our thanks and love

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Catherine Feb 14 2020 at 01:02

Warmed my heart and blessed my day. And the picture is beautiful and has so much love. Blessings be upon you all dear children

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Kate Feb 14 2020 at 01:02

Ayman and Anas, thank you for your kind, thoughtful gesture in creating these beautiful drawings for the people here in Australia who have lost their homes.

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Tom Feb 14 2020 at 01:02

This is so heartwarming, what a great example of love to hear about on valentines day

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Judith Steele Feb 14 2020 at 12:02

Thankyou for caring, . May people of the world take more care for your lives

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Roslyn Jolly Feb 14 2020 at 11:02

An incredible reminder of what a powerful emotion empathy can be, and how we all need more of it! Thank you to these kind Syrian children.

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Siobhan Feb 14 2020 at 10:02

This is beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. I hope these kind children get to see their home in Syria again.

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Lyn Feb 14 2020 at 10:02

Thank you Ayman and Annas for your wonderful drawings and your kind thoughts. I look forward to the time when you are able to be safe in your own home. There has been lots of rain here now and as we wait for the country and the animals to recover I will remember that your country will also need time to recover.

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Margaret Campbell Feb 14 2020 at 10:02

What a wonderful thought, children are not racist nor do they hate only Adults become racist through fear of difference and hate follows, which is sad. If we can move hatred out of our lives the world would become a peaceful place. You children who have been through so much are setting an example for others to follow. Thank you and blessings be upon you.

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Sheila Musarra Feb 14 2020 at 10:02

How. Lovely are those Drawings💜

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Jennifer Derham Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

Beautiful that children would have so much empathy.

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Robyn Savage Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

Such amazing children , thank you 😊

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Dorinda Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

Very touching. These are children with a big heart.

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Dianne Schahinger Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

With everything those children have been through in their own country, it is so heartwarming to know that they're thinking of Australians, both human and wildlife, and can relate to our crisis. Their drawings are just beautiful. Thankyou Ayman and Anas. ❤

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Irene Goldwasser Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

It’s so often children who reach out to others across the globe. They remind us of the universality of kindness, compassion, empathy and hope. Even children living in war-torn, impoverished nations, pause to think of others suffering from crises like our bushfires. We can learn so much from children.

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kim west Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

Wow boys. Thank you for thinking of Australia. I hope you and your families are well. Best wishes Kim

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Rosalind Price Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

Thank you for thinking of us, Anas, Ayman and all the other children. We are thinking of you, too. We hope you will be home and safe before long. Best wishes, Rosalind

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Janine Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Ayman and Anas. All of the hardship you have faced at such a young age and you're thinking of others. Those who say we can't learn from children are wrong. Blessings to you both.

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Carol Bristow Feb 14 2020 at 09:02

Beautiful, such generous people.

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